Jo Lennan

Writer and Journalist

Featured Stories

Reaching out? Please refrain

We love to hate the phrase "reach out", and yet it is everywhere. It's having a moment in the cultural firmament.... Read more

Still winning

How To Win Friends And Influence People: The title makes it sound like a flatterer's handbook.
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The Heartbreak Of Birds

Can a bird die of heartbreak? "It's something we never thought was possible," says Gisela Kaplan, a professor at the University of New England and the author of Bird Minds.... Read more

Hieronymus Bosch: Still weird

Five hundred years ago this August, the Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch died. He never moved far from his home town... Read more

Survivor Diaries

Just over a year ago, I wrote in these pages about being diagnosed with a rare cancer. Now for the good news: I am writing this while alive. In May I had scans that came back clear of the disease.... Read more

One In A Million

It’s a cool day late in spring when I first go in for treatment. Inside the large glass-fronted building, nurses pad up and down in sneakers. Volunteers circulate, offering iPads for distraction, and when they see me they look surprised to see somebody my age.... Read more

Cate Blanchett’s Curtain Call

This month, Sydney Theatre Company premiered “The Present”, Andrew Upton’s adaptation of Chekhov’s first and unfinished play, sometimes called “Platonov”... Read more

My Beautiful Toxic Summer

My treatment this summer began with a sort of installation. Not the artistic kind, though there was an art to it. A surgeon named Grace – I don’t remember her surname – made two incisions over my breastbone.... Read more

AFP role in Bali Nine deaths

Australian efforts to save Chan and Sukumaran have been exhausted, but they would not be on death row if it were not for the actions of the federal police.... Read more

Guys, I Have Cancer!

On a recent Saturday, I learnt that I have cancer. The surgeon broke the news in my room at St Vincent’s Public, where I was recovering after an operation. I thought hospitals had bad decor but my room was almost chic... Read more

Life after debt

Watching the end of Deal or No Deal before the evening news, Paul Gardener saw an advertisement he thought would solve all his problems. He had quit his job when his mother developed breast cancer.... Read more

Palmer United rolls over on FoFA

On Tuesday in Canberra, a chilly nine-degree day, something was in the offing. In the senate courtyard, consumer advocates stood and sounded a warning. ... Read more

Audition Hero

It is a recent sunny Monday in Los Angeles, and James Mackay is unwinding after an audition. In jeans, a black T-shirt and a borrowed BMW, the Sydney-based actor turns onto Riverside Drive. “This place is great when you’ve got heat."... Read more

Tim Minchin plays it straight

It is day five of rehearsals for the Sydney Theatre Company’s new production, the Tom Stoppard play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Tim Minchin, 37, sits quietly at stage left. ... Read more