Ilona is an Australian writer and IPEd-accredited editor. Her writing has appeared in Killings, Broadsheet, The Adelaide Review and more. She was named after the star of a “not very horrible” film, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943).
Ilona is available for editing and writing assignments on a freelance basis, and can assist with French–English translation. Her special interests include literature, language, culture and education.
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. Irkutsk is a destination worth exploring, but an additional two hours’ drive will deliver you to Listvyanka, a town on the edge of one of Earth’s most ancient marvels.
Jo Dyer's first year as director of Adelaide Writers' Week has been a whirlwind of grim tales and familiar faces.
In Adelaide's east end, one little bookshop is doing a world of good.
"This was the worst moment of my life. It is too hard to draw." This is how Youssef Mhanna, aged 7, captions his artwork in Home: drawings by Syrian children.
Contemporary art organisation ACE Open is using workshops to bring audiences closer to artists.
Throughout August, Sax & Violins Film Society is reflecting on the representation of women in cinema: how girls become ghastly to get their time on the big screen.
"I don't think I would be a writer if it wasn't for the internet. It's as simple as that." In 2009, Jane Howard 'logged on' to the writing life. "I started a blog because I could, because it was free. You didn't need permission, you could just put it out there."
Laura Kroetsch became Director of Adelaide Writers’ Week in 2012. Ahead of the 2016 event, Kroetsch discusses the challenges won and still to come for SA’s premier literary festival.
Belonging is a quiet theme throughout Mary Norris’s book, as she riffs on our insecurities with language, and her insecurities at work. There’s a quiet, good-natured thrum of fear (trying not to be thought of as an over-correcting fool, or an under-correcting incompetent) that glues Norris to her desk and to her beloved pencils.
Professor Emerita Susan Magarey AM, FASSA, PhD, founded the University of Adelaide’s Research Centre for Women’s Studies (RCWS), the Magarey Medal for Biography, and the Australian Feminist Studies journal. However, there still exists a “certain amount of bewilderment” about what Women’s Studies actually are, she tells The Adelaide Review.
Monro’s passion, driven by an acute intelligence and insatiable quest for solutions to practical problems, is utterly captivating.
Gabrielle Kelly - documentary maker, entrepreneur, director - is a strident force at the helm of one of South Australia's most challenging emerging industries. Kelly is on the very cusp of the knowledge economy seen as SA's future, directing the Wellbeing & Resilience Centre at SAHMRI.
Literature and language
"It's a miracle - a miracle! - I didn't throw up on my first day. I was so nervous." Reflecting on her seven years as director of Adelaide Writers' Week (AWW), Laura Kroetsch has few regrets.
"They say the world's generally reading two novels, and to actually get books into the public gaze - especially from Adelaide - is incredibly difficult," says Michael Bollen, publisher at Wakefield Press. Despite the difficulty, Wakefield Press rode out 2016 on a wave of success.
Shakespeare shuffled off this mortal coil 400 years ago – but will he ever really die?
Miles Franklin judge and award-winning editor Craig Munro discusses the Australian publishing landscape: “it’s never been stronger”.
Mary Norris begins her chatty grammar guide and memoir, Between You & Me , by chronicling the odd jobs she held before she began working at the New Yorker in 1978. She delivered milk - awkwardly calling 'Milkwoman!' when she left bottles at each stop - and crashed the dairy truck.
David Mitchell, the writer not the actor, has been quietly pottering away on the frontier of fiction for 15 years. His first novel, Ghostwritten, was published in 1999. Six world-bending, genre-blending books have since followed, including Cloud Atlas, Black Swan Green and 2014's The Bone Clocks.
Food and travel
Australia's newest fine-dining sensation is breaking records with their stellar cuisine, but it's the secret gardens and community spirit that make this Port Lincoln venue shine.
A bouquet of flowers is possibly the only gift that can symbolise grief and joy in equal measure.
There's more to California than surfer bros and movie stars. The west coast of the USA has a long-established reputation for great wines.
The easiest way to break down Spain’s wine industry is to become familiar with the mainland’s six major climatic regions and their key varieties.
'Plating up' is the finishing touch on any meal - and choosing the right plates is the finishing touch on your restaurant's design. Have you thought about how easy the plates will be to clean? What's the deal with those big, flat, white dishes?
It’s the oldest market of its kind in Australia, and has secrets that are still being unearthed. But what's the best way to tackle Central Market?
Feature story on food sustainability, ethics and the future of farming, including interviews with Dan Barber and Simran Sethi.
Arts and tech
When Nick Mitzevich and Lisa Slade began working at the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) in 2010, they realised that Adelaide's sense of complacency needed to be challenged.
The Feminist Renewal Art Network (FRAN) will soon mark the 40th anniversary of The Women's Show - an Australia-first open festival of women's art. The Adelaide Review speaks with the organisers and explores what's changed over the last 40 years.
It's no small feat to reinvent yourself while all your old friends watch. This is the challenge facing ACE Open, the new amalgam of the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF) and the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA).
Budgerigars, robots, and shark-bamboozling surfboards: South Australians will soon be able to peek into the future via MOD, a museum of discovery.
In 1992 Adelaide Festival booked the stage production of Sarafina!, a musical depicting anti-apartheid riots in Soweto. Opening night coincided with the vote to abolish apartheid in South Africa. As the audience took their seats at 8pm on that balmy March evening, there was no way of knowing what the outcome of the referendum would be.
When Fontanelle Gallery opened across the road from Conroy's beleaguered meat processing plant in 2012, there was no way of knowing what a success it would be.
By July 2017, AC Arts must be ready for a 66 per cent increase in student numbers. Can it be done? And at what cost?
One artist does not represent the experience and feelings of another, just as women do not go through life acting on the thoughts of a collective hive-mind.
What’s all the fuss about women on wheels?
In the clutter of Adelaide’s homemade crockery cupboard, there are three outstanding craftswomen: Susan Frost, Katia Carletti and Fruzsi Kenez.
Weekly music news page for local street press
Commercial (B2B and Marketing)
Before you pack up shop and ship all your workers off to a training session, it's worth sitting down and looking at what your business will get back from certain types of training.
Inspired advice for parents of tweens and teens >> What began as a private tuition business has evolved into Adelaide's premier tuition centre and publisher for SACE Stage 1 and 2 students.
Every workplace should have a training schedule. Your barista may be able to texturize milk like no other, but that doesn't mean there aren't areas where that employee could - and wants to! - improve. Staff training benefits your company by making sure your employees are operating at the top of their game, and are adhering to current best practice.
You hope that your restaurant or hotel is welcoming, comfortable and inoffensive to the senses. But how do you know what trends to avoid? When do you set aside your dream aesthetics for the good of the customer? You'd like your customers to settle in for an evening, or for a long lunch, without interruption.
How do you think of a perfect café name? And when? Is the name the seed that really gets your passion going for the project? Or is the name the very last thing you decide on? Regardless of your approach, there are a few things to keep in mind when deciding on the name of your baby café.