Our Sporting Life
Sport, we're told, lies at the heart of what it means to be Australian. But what does this really mean?
At a time when sport is under scrutiny like never before, this collection maps and examines how sport is located at the heart of contemporary debates about race, gender, violence and corruption. Barely a week goes by, it seems, without some new violation of socially accepted standards of behaviour. Our sporting bodies, players and administrators are...
No permit for dignity
'Australia felt like a cushion on which I could rest my head and I began to dream about having a different life here. In those first months, I thought I’d found my home. And in the long run, it turned out I had. But then, in the autumn that followed my first summer here, the feeling of comfort faded. '
Lee Kofman came to Australia on a bridging visa, prohibited to work and faced with a difficult choice: become utterly dependent on a man she hardly know, or risk deportation for taking cash-in-hand work. In ‘No permit for dignity’, published in Griffith Review 51: Fixing the System, Lee recounts the constant uncertainty of her existence, drawing out her exhilarated and desperate feelings as she navigates this difficult and sometimes dangerous but not uncommon situation.
Vale Cory Taylor
I have heard it said that modern dying means dying more, dying over longer periods, enduring more uncertainty, subjecting ourselves and our families to more disappointments and despair… In that case, it should come as no surprise that some of us seek out the means to bring a dignified end to the ordeal, while we are still capable of deciding matters for ourselves. Where is the crime in that?
Griffith Review bids farewell to Cory Taylor, who passed away yesterday. In recent months, Cory made her struggle with brain cancer public through interviews – such as this touching conversation with ABC’s Richard Fidler – and her book Dying: A Memoir (Text, 2016), so that we all might learn something about being human. We are fortunate to have known and worked with such an outstanding writer and remarkable voice, and our thoughts are with her family and loved ones.
We encourage you to read this beautiful tribute to Cory in the Guardian, written by Griffith Review contributors Benjamin Law, Krissy Kneen and Kristina Olsson.
Griffith Review at Byron Bay Writers Festival
Why do so many believe that Australia's political and social system is no longer fit for purpose? What's the way forward for the great southern land?
If you’re heading to the Byron Bay Writers Festival, don’t miss out on two panels with Griffith Review.
On Friday 5 August, join Peter Doherty, Ashley Hay and Antony Funnell in discussion with Griffith Review editor Julianne Schultz, as they explore the questions and themes that arise in Griffith Review 52: Imagining the Future.
On Sunday 7 August, Anne Tiernan, co-editor of Griffith Review 51: Fixing the System, will be in conversation with contributor Gabbie Stroud and former senator John Faulkner to examine the ‘new volatility’ in the Australian political system, and the issues that have arisen from it.
Griffith Review 55: State of Hope
Hope is at the heart of South Australia. More than any other state, it has shaped its own destiny with large doses of vision and optimism… This spirit is needed more than ever.
Submissions are now open for Griffith Review 55: State of Hope.
South Australia faces profound challenges as the industrial model that shaped the state in the twentieth century is replaced by an uncertain future. State of Hope explores the economic, social, environmental and cultural challenges facing South Australia, and the possibilities of renewal and revitalisation that draws on the strength of the past.
COMPLETED PIECES can be submitted via our Submittable portal until 30 September.