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    Enduring Legacies

    The modern world was shaped by the wars of the twentieth century. The centenary of Gallipoli provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the many wartime legacies – human, political, economic, military – that forged independent nations from former colonies and dominions. The carnage of the world wars, and those that followed, gave extra meaning to the phrase 'lest we forget'. Beyond the commemorations, consequences still reverberate.

    Exploring the consequences of Australia’s involvement in war with a critical and inquiring eye, Griffith Review 48: Enduring Legacies assembles a team of scholars, non-fiction and fiction writers, journalists and broadcasters to pose hard questions about why we remember and what we forget. How did the wars shape Australia socially, economically and politically? How did they...

  • Contributors' Circle

    Amanda Curtin
    Nullius

    The girl is supposed to be keeping an eye on her younger brother, but in truth she takes every chance to lose him. Losing him is easy: a goanna and a stick are all it takes. She is far ahead of him on this hot spring day.

    In this unique work of fiction, which was published in Griffith Review 47: Looking West, AMANDA CURTIN entwines three generational experiences of a single piece of land, with a history of inhabitants that reaches back millennia in Nullius.

  • Digital essay

    Ground truthing

    The plight of Bimblebox wasn’t simply some soft sentiment, touchy-feely platitude about protecting the weak and vulnerable (all those furry and feathered little endangered species) – it was about protecting the law. And secondly, it was about protecting the economy of the future.

    Artist and academic PAT HOFFIE travels through the Queensland outback – a land of ancient myth, modern legend and contemporary settlement – and provides a unique perspective on what the realignment of people, resources and land use as a result of the mining industry looks and sounds like up close. Her stunning multimedia essay documents a contemporary road trip, immeasurably enriched by sights and sounds, and the strong and unique characters who inhabit this land and who are passionate about it.

  • Digital essay

    The first victory

    The Cocos Islanders have allowed the two sides to reconcile and establish the only German war memorial on Australian soil. The humanity and respect present on both sides has lingered.

    In November 1914, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands played host to Australia’s ‘first victory’ of World War I – the battle of the HMAS Sydney and the SMS Emden. A hundred years after the fact, the descendents of the sailors who fought have returned to share in a legacy of valour and compassion, often overlooked in this remote tropical ‘paradise’. In this beautiful multimedia essay, journalist and writer BEN STUBBS combines images and words to convey the experience of this remote anniversary.

  • Griffith REVIEW 50

    Novella III competition

    In 2012, Griffith Review 38: The Novella Project played a major role in enabling Australian and New Zealand authors to gain a foothold in the English language revival of the novella underway internationally. In 2014, Griffith Review 46: Forgotten Stories – The Novella Project II published five novellas with an historical dimension in a confronting, moving and provocative collection.

    Submissions are now open for Griffith Review’s The Novella Project III competition. Winning novellas will share in a $25,000 prize pool and will be published in Griffith Review 50: Tall Tales Short – The Novella Project III (November 2015).

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