University of Queensland
Toni Risson is a children’s author with a passion for Australian cultural history. She has published two mystery adventure novels for older readers with UQP, and in 2007 published the first book about the Greek cafe/milk bar. This Australian icon is a shared chapter in the histories of Greece and Australia, and it is fast disappearing from the landscape. Aphrodite and the Mixed Grill: Greek Cafes in Twentieth Century Australia celebrates the part it once played in the lives of Greek immigrants and the social fabric of Australia. Toni is nearing completion of a PhD thesis that maps a cultural history of Australian confectionery. This is the first research about the role lollies have played in the lives of Australian children’s lives during the course of the twentieth century.
ArticlesSugar pigs are traditional confections shaped like sugar mice with little legs and no tail. One might, therefore, nibble the trotters of a sugar pig or suck delicately upon the nose of a sugar pig, but one must never eat one’s sugary treats like a pig. As an imagined border between the private world inside the body and the public world outside, the...Read more