Imagining the Future
That great imponderable, the future, looms larger than ever, troubling our dreams, darkening our screens with visions of dystopias, apocalypse and the walking dead.
The future is almost within reach, but the portents are challenging. Now is the time to consider whether the world in fifty years will be a better or worse place for most people.
Innovation and agility may be the new buzzwords, but if they are to mean more than increased efficiency and wealth for the few,...
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.
The Novella Project IV – Winners
‘While it was a difficult process to narrow it down to the winners, I felt heartened at the same time by the calibre of writing being produced in Australia in novella form.’ – Aviva Tuffield
We’re excited to announce the winning entries for our fourth novella project, judged by Nick Earls, Aviva Tuffield and Sally Breen:
Melanie Cheng – ‘Muse'; Graham Lang – ‘A fulcrum of infinities'; Stephen Orr – ‘Datsunland'; Suzanne McCourt – ‘The last taboo'; Daniel Jenkins – ‘Those boys from Jalaan’
Winners will share in a $25,000 prize pool, thanks to the support of the Copyright Agency Limited’s Cultural Fund, and will be published in Griffith Review 54: The Novella Project IV on 31 October.
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.
Proposals and unsolicted pieces can be submitted via our Submittable portal until 20 July.
by GJ Stroud
by Clare Wright
by Emma Hardman
by Kim Mahood
by Nigel Krauth
by Megan Davis