Almanac Cricket: Ashes 2017/18 – A Holiday Cricket Report by Hugo Birrell

Hugo Birrell has compiled a comprehensive review of each triumphant Ashes test this summer.

Dusty, Punt Road End…. The Tigers’ Almanac Cover Art

With much emotion and joy Kate tells the story of her journey to producing her work of art that adorns the cover of the book about this AFL season The Tigers’ Almanac 2017. The original is available, and so are A3-sized prints. [Purchase details follow Kate’s piece – Ed]

A Little Bit Mad

Kate Birrell prepares for the Grand Final. The one that Richmond, yes, Richmond is in

Girls; First Season

Kate Birrell tells the story of painting the cover of The Women’s Footy Almanac 2017.

Mundy Morning

Kate Birrel uses her paint brush to illustrate Richmond’s Munday morning blues.

Almanac Art: Bustling Billy at Punt Road (by Kate Birrell)

Billy Barrot passed away earlier this week. This is Kate Birrell’s painting of him at Punt Road. [Add your memory of Billy Barrot – Ed]

Almanac Racing: Mysteries of the Track

A beautiful description (with watercolour image) of racetrack and race days from Kate Birrell.

A Free Weekend; Old Books and New Thoughts

On an AFL-free weekend, Kate Birrell recalls Viktor Frankl, gets to thinking of Australian Pioneer Women and asks how you filled your void. [Includes Kate’s painting and the term “Sunday neurosis” – Ed].

Round 8 – Richmond v Sydney: The Drive Home

Kate Birrell’s painting and poetry of a last-gasp win to Richmond.

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: #firstgameoftheseason

Kate and Hugo experienced a Ticketing meltdown and a Richmond win, footy’s back.

Tennis Whispers

Evocative summer words and image from Kate Birrell.

That Day

A meditation and a painting from Kate Birrell. On that homeward trudge following a finals loss. For the Richmond in all of us. [Brilliant – Ed].

Message to Coaches

As junior footy leagues start winding up for 2015, the Almanac received this open letter to junior football coaches everywhere, from a football coach’s wife.

Round 13 – Sydney v Richmond. Sketchbook Review; Buddy’s Fizz

Kate Birrell on Buddy’s Bump from Friday night. “What came over you?”

Phobos, the God of Fear and Football

Kate Birrell meditates on fear on the footy field. Is real courage staring down a personal Phobos, or Glenn Archer running with the flight of the ball toward a steamrolling Plugger Lockett?

Too Early for Footy?

Nothing marks the changing of the seasons like the goal posts going into the ground, and wickets of all kinds transitioning into hibernation

Almanac Art : Sunday Morning

Kate Birrell contemplates the world (pre-game) on a Sunday morning

Wicket Keeper

More glorious artwork from Kate Birrell of the groundsman keeping the wickets at her local oval. Kate’s sanity and furnishings are under assault from an aspiring Davey Warner.

Guineas Day….. Again

Art and Words from Kate Birrell – say no more. Kate and her kids adopt a wiser approach to Guineas Day than the ‘other half’.

AFL Round 23 – Sydney v Richmond: Finals Birth; the Agony

For those of who who didn’t watch Sydney v Richmond, here’s the next best thing: a spectator’s script with image of the crew at the pub.