Maxim Boon is an arts and culture writer and editor based in Melbourne. He is the Senior Group Editor and National Arts Editor of The Music, and formerly the Online Editor of Limelight Magazine. He is also a contributor to The Guardian, Time Out, Daily Review, Arts Hub, Dumbo Feather, Same Same and DNA Magazine.
Having studied composition and conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London before beginning a career in teaching, followed by several years as an arts publicist, producer and freelance writer, Maxim’s pathway into the world of journalism has been a winding one, but one that has also exposed him to wide range of formative insights.
Since relocating to Australia in 2014 from his native UK to become a full-time writer and editor, he has used this experience to explore arts, entertainment and culture stories over a vast spectrum of disciplines, from classical music to stand-up comedy, streaming TV to immersive theatre, tattooing to fashion design, opera to popera, and more or less everything in between.
“I want to throw open the borders of what we celebrate as ‘worthy’ within arts media. The artistic motivations of a yarn bomber can be every bit as beautiful and urgent and uplifting as the most revered makers of our most esteemed companies. I’m excited by stories that celebrate creative diversity, that surprise as they educate and demystify as they engage, and that seek to level the playing field of our cultural hierarchies.”
Maxim also writes extensively about the LGBTQ community, queer culture and politics, hosts a successful podcast, The Lashes, described by the Herald Sun as “Louis Theroux meets My Dad Wrote A Porno,” and otherwise spends most of his time posting pictures of his dog, Paddington, to Instagram.
Follow him on Twitter @maximhboon