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Watch the Novella event

Wheeler Centre
Did you miss the Wheeler Centre event to celebrate Forgotten Stories – The Novella Project II? You can watch it here

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.

2014 Annual Report

Griffith Review celebrates 2014

stakeholder_reportWe had a fantastic year in 2014!

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. 

Thank you for supporting Griffith Review. 

Click here to download the report.

Congratulations to award winners

PM's Literary Awards / Qld Literary Awards

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.

Congratulations to Jo Chandler

The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing

Congratulations to Jo Chandler who won the Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing, for the second time! Read Jo’s essay ‘The science laboratory‘ from Tasmania – The Tipping Point?

Congratulations to Margo Lanagan

Barbara Jefferis Award

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

Contributor news

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

1938 – 2014

Vale Morris Lurie

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

Beyond Victims – the challenge of indigenous leadership

Listen to Chris Sarra's Griffith REVIEW Annual Lecture
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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.

Congratulations to Melissa Lucashenko

Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

Congratulations to Melissa Lucashenko on winning the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing for the outstanding book Mullumbimby (UQP).

Read Melissa’s wonderful Walkley-Award winning essay from Griffith REVIEW 41: Now We Are Ten, Sinking below sight: Down and out in Brisbane and Logan then rush out and buy Mullumbimby!

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Beyond the stethoscope

Doctors in the news
Did you read about Dr Catherine Crock in the Australian? She won an award for developing a CDs of music that could be played in hospitals to soothe children undergoing treatment for cancer. Dr Crock is just one of the many extraordinary doctors featured in Lucy Mayes’ essay, ‘Beyond the stethoscope‘ from the current edition of Griffith REVIEW, The Way We Work. We rarely consider the wellbeing and experiences of doctors. Forced into rush consultations by Medicare and waiting room economics, Lucy Mayes’ moving essay looks at the stress doctors experience by being unable to take ‘time to care’, leading to burnout and even suicide. Read it here.
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