That vast expanse called Western Australia – a new frontier for many, yet home to others for millennia. What is the future for Australia’s wealthiest state?
In Australia, the lure of bounty from mineral riches has drawn generations of fortune hunters to its western third. For some this was a stop on the road to a better place, for many a destination for new beginnings, but for its orignal inhabitants dislocation was inevitable.
In the 1980s Perth became...
A Good Sport
A trauma revisited me as the reel unfurled. There I was, a chubby 10-year-old, pictured in Mittagong’s Under-11 footy team. We, the undefeated Premiers, thrashed Bowral in the Grand Final at Loseby Park, a few streets from the library. Mittagong Hotel offered our team a slab of beer as a prize, but our parents politely declined.
Jorge Sotorios is a regular contributor to Griffith Review. A Good Sport tells the story of ‘Big Petro’ – Bowral’s unsung hero, while exploring Australia’s resilience to change in its sporting life. It was featured in Griffith Review 36: What is Australia For?
Jorge Sotirios was born in the shadow of Bradman Oval in the Southern Highlands of NSW and worked at his father’s Mittagong cafe when not obsessively following the St. George Dragons. Lonesome George Cést Moi! (Big Sky Publishing, 2012) is his first book and recounts his travels in South America during 2004-2005. A captivating story told with comic flair – romance, broken hearts and self exploration – told with wry humour while illuminating the beauty and culture of Argentina.
Focus on success
When my teenage twin sister told me she was pregnant, I became angry. I called her a 'slut' and told her to get an abortion. I thought she could have a 'better life'. But what is a better life?
This week 26-year-old Nimbin photographer Raphaela Rosella was named as the winner of the portrait category in the 2015 World Press Photo awards, one of the world’s most coveted photographic prizes. The World Press Photo awards attracted 97,912 entries submitted by 5,692 photographers from 131 countries. Raphaela was the only Australian finalist. Take a look at Raphaela’s powerful photo essay ‘Family first’ in Cultural Solutions.
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Identity and complexity
The TAC [Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre]'s stance on Aboriginality has been spelt out with brutal clarity by Michael Mansell over the years. To be recognised, he says, a person must 'show that…their families, from every generation back to tribal, have always maintained their connection with being Aboriginal. So that excludes people who undoubtedly have Aboriginal descent but who have been brought up as white people… If there's been a break in the generations, where someone lost contact, the Aboriginal community's view is…you can't revive it.'
As rows continue in Tasmania between different Aboriginal groups over who is a ‘true’ or ‘wannabe’ ‘tick-a-box’ Aboriginal, read this Walkley award-winning essay by Kathy Marks on the history and complexities of the revival in Tasmania of a people once labelled extinct.
Read ‘Channelling Mannalargenna’ here.
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: The Novella Project III (November 2015).
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