Loretta Barnard

The Erotic (and Mostly Bloody) Adventures of Hercules

The name Hercules is famous the world over. He's been a cartoon, an adhesive pitchman, a punchline to an Eddie Murphy joke. But what did he actually do? Well ...   Before there were super-villains, the good guys fought monsters. Monsters are an integral part of the storytelling tradition, from the Kraken to the Big Bad Wolf. The ancient Greeks had a ... Read the full article
Loretta Barnard

Loretta Barnard is an Australian freelance writer and editor who, in a long career, has done almost everything possible in the book publishing industry. These days she actively pursues her love of music, literature and theatre, and is something of wannabe roving ambassador for the creative and performing arts.

Learn from the Poetry of Dead Writers, Then Let Them Die

In an age where we overanalyze art (and those who created it) to death, poetry is a singular force. It is what it is and forever has value because of it.

Terrible Political Change, What Is It Good For? Well, Art, Actually

As we watch Zimbabwe tear itself apart, our extended history indicates that the worse things get, the better the art we produce becomes.