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...
Red truths and white lies
'IN 2004 I drove to the Wave Hill area of the Northern Territory. I had been contracted to assist its Gurindji residents to develop a plan for their neighbouring communities of Kalkaringi and Daguragu, on the banks of Wattie Creek. A year with the locals was enough to evoke a continuing fascination with those communities' inception mythology: the Wave Hill walk-off.'
In ‘Red truths and white lies’, his essay for Griffith Review 36: What is Australia For?, writer and historian Charlie Ward explores the history of the Wave Hill walk-off and contrasts the roles of one of its most prominent supporters (famous writer Frank Hardy) with that of the ‘unknown jack-of-all-trades’ Bill Jeffrey who had played an important but largely unrecognised part in the action. Ward’s recent book A Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle, After the Walk-off expands further on that subject.
Exclusive online essay
From the outer sanctum by Nicole Hayes
When you unpack this criticism – the scale of it, the language employed and the vitriol underlying it – it provides yet another example of the consistently gendered response saved for female journalists.
After Nicole Hayes and the team at The Outer Sanctum podcast criticised comments made about journalist Caroline Wilson during the Triple M coverage of the MND Big Freeze, they sparked a media frenzy that stirred the depths of misogyny present in both the AFL and broader public discourse. In this piece for Griffith Review 53: Our Sporting Life – recently featured in The Guardian – Nicole considers the reactions and outcomes both positive and negative, and the trajectory of gender discussions at large.
Griffith Review at Brisbane Writers Festival
Don't miss our fantastic events at the Brisbane Writers Festival.
In the lead-up to the festival, on Wednesday 31 August, our associate publisher, Luke Stegemann, will sit down with Booker Prize winner Yann Martel to discuss his latest novel, The High Mountains of Portugal.
On Sunday 11 September at 11.30 am, join Griffith Review 53: Our Sporting Life contributors Geoff Woolcock, Edwina Shaw and Ellen van Neerven, with Yassmin Abdel-Magied, in discussion with Luke Stegemann, as they kick around ideas on what it means to be a sporting nation.
Then, on Sunday at 1 pm, Brendan Gleeson, co-editor of Griffith Review 52: Imagining the Future, will host a panel with Ashley Hay and Andy Merrifield, and consider what the future might look like and how we might address its uncertainties.
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.
by GJ Stroud
by Clare Wright
by Emma Hardman
by Kim Mahood
by Nigel Krauth
by Megan Davis