Randa Abdel-Fattah’s 2005 young-adult novel Does My Head Look Big in This? (Pan) is being adapted into a film. The screenplay will be written by Abdel-Fattah and producer David Curzon (Swing Wing). Also working on the project are author Melinda Marchetta as a story consultant and The Sapphires screenwriter Keith Thompson as a supporting editor.
Published 10 years ago, Abdel-Fattah’s book follows 17-year-old Australian-Palestinian-Muslim Amal Abdel-Hakim as she deals with her ‘various identity hyphens’ and decision to wear a headscarf full-time. It expands on her essay ‘Of Middle Eastern Appearance’ from Griffith Review: Divided Nation.
After six months, 271 entries and weeks of intense reading and debate, Griffith Review has finally announced the winners of its 2015 novella competition.
Griffith Review, with the active support of CAL’s cultural fund, has been at the forefront of reviving novellas in Australia, publishing eleven novellas in Griffith Review 38: The Novella Project and Griffith 46: Forgotten Stories – The Novella Project II.
In January 2015, Griffith Review put the call out for novellas for The Novella Project III competition. There were no thematic or geographic restraints – we were simply looking for the best work.
By seeking novellas with a blind competition judged by publishing experts Brian Johns, Jacqueline Blanchard and Cate Kennedy, Griffith Review aimed to bring new writers to the attention of readers and publishers and to ensure that the very best new novellas are published and promoted.
The competition broke several records for the publication: we had a record number of entrants... Read more
The novella occupies a special place in literature – we all know it’s longer than a short story and shorter than a novel. Famous novellas include some of literature’s greats: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Wide Sargasso Sea, Animal Farm. But what is it that defines a novella? What are its strengths as a form? And why are we still writing them?
Cate Kennedy, Megan McGrath, Jane Jervis-Read and Julianne Schultz kick around these questions.
Please take a look at our 2014 Annual Report which documents many of the achievements for the last year – the range and quality of the writing, the public events, the media mentions and social media hits. It also documents some of the outputs: the books commissioned and published as a result of first publication in these pages, the awards shortlisted and won, the millions of dollars of value of media mentions, the large numbers of people who have attended events, the levels of support. These numbers are impressive.
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Congratulations to all winners of the PM’s Literary Awards. A special shout-out to Helen Trinca, whose moving portrait of growing up in Perth can be read soon in Griffith Review 47: Looking West (Feb 2015). A round of applause too for Richard Flanagan who donated $40,000 prize money to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and Bob Graham for donating $10,000 to the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre.
And congratulations also to the winners of the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards. Look out for winner of the Non-Fiction Book Award, Paul Ham, in Griffith Review 48: Enduring Legacies.
Griffith REVIEW contributor, Margo Lanagan, has won the Barbara Jefferis award.
Margo Lanagan’s Sea Hearts (Allen & Unwin) and Fiona McFarlane’s The Night Guest (Penguin Books) were named joint winners of the Barbara Jefferis Award 2014. The Barbara Jefferis Award is offered biennially for ‘the best novel written by an Australian author that depicts women and girls in a positive way or otherwise empowers the status of women and girls in society’. This is the first time that the Barbara Jefferis Award has been split between two titles. The winners will each receive $25,000, with $1000 being awarded to each of the shortlisted authors.
Margo Lanagan’s Sea Hearts, set in a remote fictional village, reminiscent of a Scottish island, leapt out at all three judges as a superb, enduring story of lives changed in a small fishing community. Full of sensuous detail of the sea, the rocks, the wind, the weather, it... Read more
The Best Australian Science Writing 2014 edited by Griffith REVIEW contributor, Ashley Hay, features two essays from Now We Are Ten: ‘Weather and mind games’ by Tom Griffiths and ‘Promise or peril’ by Leah Kaminsky which was also featured on ABC TV’s Australian Story. Read them online to find out why they are they are considered the best!
If you’re in Brisbane, get along to the launch of the annual collection celebrating the finest Australian science writing of the year with editor, Ashley Hay, and contributors Ian Lowe, Peter McAllister and John Cook in conversation with the president of the Australian Science Communicators, Joan Leach. Why are Sydney’s golden orb weaver spiders getting fatter and fitter? Could sociology explain the recent upsurge in prostate cancer diagnoses? Why were Darwinites craving a good storm during ‘The Angry Summer’? Is it true that tuberculosis has become deadlier... Read more
The great Australian writer Morris Lurie has died in Melbourne at the age of 75.
Mr Lurie was a favorite of the REVIEW not least because of the way he reached across the generations. Younger members of our team grew up reading his children’s books in the 1980s, the most fondly remembered of which was The Twenty-Seventh Annual African Hippopotamus Race (Penguin, 1986), a book they are now sharing with their children.
Mr Lurie was part of a generation of creative Australians who emerged after World War II and made a mark we are still indebted to. He started his career in advertising and was closely associated with other literary greats including Peter Carey and Barry Oakley.
He wrote more than thirty works of fiction, his second novel Flying Home (Outback Press, 1978) was named one of the ten best Australian books of the decade by the National Book Council. In 2006 he received... Read more
There is a need for both a new approach to indigenous leadership and a new relationship with the First Peoples of Australia, based on respect and high expectations, argues Aboriginal leader, Dr Chris Sarra. He believes we must find a better way to recognise and value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Leadership is required that asks intelligent questions, demands meaningful answers and builds effective outcomes, especially if the proposed constitutional amendment is to make a meaningful impact on the lives of all Australians.
Listen to Chris Sarra’s Griffith REVIEW Annual Lecture on ABC Radio National Big Ideas here.