Linda Morris

Linda Morris

Linda Morris is an arts and books writer for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Potter breaks records

J.K. Rowling's new Harry Potter The Cursed Child book to be a record breaker

Linda Morris Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is already smashing records.

JK Rowling Chided

JK Rowling chipped on social media for Africa 'gaffe'

British author J.K. Rowling makes clarification.

Linda Morris Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has ignited a debate amongst fans of the wizarding world.

Playing families

Play School segment to feature gay fathers

Centre of Play School storm: Brenna Harding, then 8,  hugs mum Jackie Braw.

Linda Morris Play School will test public acceptance of gay parenting with depiction of gay dads.

Titantic retake

Rose let Jack die: Kate Winslet buys into Titantic controversy

FILE--Jack Dawson, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and Rose DeWitt Bukater, played by Kate Winslet, portray passengers aboard the ill-fated Titanic in this scene from the movie

Linda Morris Titantic actress says tearful ending of disaster epic could have been a whole lot different.

Price War

What Amazon and Booktopia's face-off means for readers

Australian Author Kate Morton indulges in her favourite summer reads.

Linda Morris and Susan Wyndham Amazon's latest Australian venture might disappoint book readers.

Bowie cremated

Ashes to ashes: David Bowie rests in Bali as details of will revealed

David Bowie's death leaves wife, Iman, a wealthy woman.

Linda Morris David Bowie's final resting place and financial legacy is revealed.

Interview

Yann Martel's High Mountains of Portugal and the 'freak success' of Life of Pi

The author Yann Martel.

Linda Morris Canadian author Yann Martel has returned to the grand literary themes that made Life of Pi such a huge success. 

Stage Lifeline

Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakepeare extends helping hand to struggling theatre sector

Linda Morris Two Sydney arts organisations announce corporate restructures to offset funding cuts of more than $1million each.

New Series

Little Big Lies author Liane Moriarty on playground snooping and coffee with Nicole Kidman

Liane Moriarty says, like most authors, she is a shameless eavesdropper in cafes and restaurants.

Linda Morris Author Liane Moriarty on the day she made it to the bestseller list, how writing runs in the family and the day she met Nicole Kidman.

Verse Novel

Playwright Christine Evans recalls rainless summers in Cloudless, a verse novel

Playwright-cum-novelist Christine Evans: Years of theatre practice have taught her to write vividly and sparingly.

Linda Morris Vivid images from a Perth childhood set playwright Christine Evans on the path of becoming an accidental novelist, writes Linda Morris.

Mini Rock Festival

Soundwave cancellation: Plan emerges to crowdfund replacement mini-festival

Music fans at the Melbourne leg of the 2015 Soundwave festival. Ticket holders to the January 2016 event have been left in limbo.

Linda Morris Bands unite to organise replacement concert tour to Soundwave Music Festival.

David Lynch teases

Twin Peaks teaser shows David Lynch is back in form

The original series of <i>Twin Peaks</i> focused on the investigation into the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer.

Linda Morris A cinematic Twin Peaks teaser drip feeds a new mystery.

Book Council of Australia to be scrapped as $52.5 million cut to arts revealed in MYEFO

Treasurer Scott Morrison.

Dewi Cooke, Garry Maddox, Linda Morris The Book Council of Australia is gone and $36.8 million will be cut from government-funded galleries and museums under budget-saving measures announced by Treasurer Scott Morrison.

PM Prize Winners

Joan London wins the PM's Literary Award for Fiction

Winner of the PMs award for literature Joan London.

Linda Morris A novel set in a polio ward in Perth has won this year's Prime Minister's Literary Fiction Prize.

Arts Grants

Jobs cut at Australia Council as arts grants are announced

Arts Minister Mitch Fifield has said he would consider evidence presented at the Senate inquiry into arts funding.

Linda Morris The Australia Council cuts jobs in corporate restructure.

Year Ahead

The Year in Books 2015: From Harper Lee to poetry slams and #LoveOZYA

A book Christmas tree in Ampersand Cafe Bookstore in Paddington.

Linda Morris It's been a year of blockbusters, literary prize-winning underdogs and growing author activism, with more to come in 2016.

Writers Hit Out

Peter Carey, Richard Flanagan and Tom Keneally unite against government 'insanity'

Richard Flanagan, winner of Man Booker Prize for Fiction for <i>The Narrow Road to the Deep North.</i>

Linda Morris Copyright changes spell the end to the golden age of literature, warn Australia's leading fiction writers.

Ginger Meggs and I

Tristan Bancks on playing cops and robbers, being a Home and Away villain, and Ginger Meggs

Storytelling is in the blood, says author Tristan Bancks.

Linda Morris Tristan Bancks talks about children's fiction, acting the villain in Home and Away, and the influence of Ginger Meggs.

Prize winners

Erik Jensen's biography of flawed artist Adam Cullen wins Sydney literary award

Adam Cullen's biographer Erik Jensen:

Linda Morris Erik Jensen's ''smashed apart'' portrait of Archibald Prize-winning artist Adam Cullen wins major literary award.

Brad Pitt to turn Australian young adult thriller Illuminae into major Hollywood film

Brad Pitt in <i>World War Z</i>.

Linda Morris Is this Australian teen book set to become the next Hunger Games movie blockbuster?