Storied Lives – The Novella Project V


Every life offers a unique story – but some lives stand out so distinctly they leave their mark on the world. Griffith Review 58: Storied Lives – The Novella Project V focuses on people who have effected a change in the world. It looks at the lives of others – real and imagined – who have created narratives that resonate.
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Trace fossils


'It’s almost like you are living in another world, just as though you had been shot off in a spaceship and let down on some strange planet where men had never been before.'

Archaeologist Alice Gorman's contribution to Griffith Review 55: State of Hope has won the Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing 2017. In 'Trace fossils: The silence of Ediacara, the shadow of uranium', Gorman travels through millions of years of South Australia's history, marking the impact of the various peoples who have occupied the land and the natural forces that have acted upon it.

The promise of belonging


'...it is impossible to be truly free until we are free in the place that has shaped who we are. These men and women went in search of the great dream of the twentieth century: self-expression, self-fulfilment and a place to be "oneself". But that dream has yielded to something new and more fulfilling, the twenty-first-century hope that we can truly belong.'

Rodney Croome AM reflects upon coming out in Tasmania, the last place in the Western world to decriminalise homosexuality, and his struggle to overturn the state’s anti-gay laws.

 

Rush to judgement


'The few who spoke up in defence of the homeless, such as the mayor and a couple of councillors, were jeered and heckled. ‘Take them to your house then!’ yelled one voice from the crowd.'

In 'Rush to judgement: Stigmatising the homeless in Nowra', shortlisted for a 2017 Walkley Award, Bronwyn Adcock reports on the backlash from residents of Nowra against the homeless camped at the local showground, and considers the wider impacts of housing unaffordability.

Submissions open – Griffith Review 61: Who We Are


Submissions are now open for Griffith Review 61: Who We Are (30 July 2018). Co-edited by Peter Mares, this edition will give voice to the changing reality of Australian 'identity', explore the big issues of belonging, citizenship and participation, and tease out how contemporary Australia might evolve.

Deadline for pitches is 1 December 2017; deadline for complete submissions is 1 March 2018visit our Submittable page for more information and to submit.

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