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    Enduring Legacies

    Anniversaries can be more than occasions for remembrance; they may transform our understanding of what is being commemorated.

    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...

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    Holly Ringland
    Might be rainbows

    Next, she unrolled her canvas. My whole body contracted in a rush of goose bumps. Swirls and streams and waves and dots: all the colours of the rainbow. Her painting assaulted my senses.

    HOLLY RINGLAND believes that sometimes it is hard to see the rainbow for the clouds. In Might be rainbows, published in Griffith Review 47: Looking West, Holly tells the story of her life-changing trip through remote and desolate communities in WA, procuring Aboriginal artwork to sell in Uluru and destroying preconceptions along the way. http://www.hollyringland.com/


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    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.

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    And as I hear the strength of the voices of these survivors and their family members joining in the recital of the Mourner’s Kaddish, I realise that this new life represents the hope that came to Belsen on 15 April 1945.

    After learning that her English father worked as a medic in the infamous Belsen concentration camp following its liberation, Australian writer NADIA WHEATLEY travels to Germany to visit the site that is a now a memorial to Nazi genocide. Returning for the 70th anniversary of its liberation, she discovers the role her father played in setting up a hospital to treat survivors, and the legacy that survives today.

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