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.

Ashley Hay shortlisted for Colin Roderick Award


Is there a literary award this year that Ashley Hay hasn’t been shortlisted for? This week it’s the Colin Roderick Award. Congratulations, Ash. Well deserved.

Download Ashley Hay’s lead essay from Griffith REVIEW 45: The Way We Work as an e-single and see why she’s being recognised as one of Australia’s best writers.

Michael Gifkins, a major figure in New Zealand book publishing passes

Sad news

We are saddened that New Zealand’s leading literary agent, Michael Gifkins, died on 28 July after suffering from prostate cancer for some years.

As an agent he represented a number of leading writers, including Lloyd Jones, and played a major role in the international success of both the novel and film of Lloyd Jones’ Booker-shortlisted Mister Pip.

Michael was also a literary critic, a publishing consultant, an anthologist and a highly esteemed book editor, whose sympathetic hand and brilliant sense of language influenced many leading New Zealand authors and books.

He was also a fine published writer in his own right and his stories were widely published. He was the author of three published short story collections: After the Revolution, Summer is the Côte d’Azur and The Amphibians. He was the Writer in Residence at the University of Auckland in 1983 and was the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellow in Menton, France, in... Read more

NZ Post Book Awards

Pacific Highways contributors shortlisted

Congratulations to Pacific Highways‘ co-editor Lloyd Jones and contributors Damien Wilkins and Vincent O’Sullivan, all shortlisted for the New Zealand Post Book Awards.


Kris Olsson wins Kibble Literary Award

Congratulations to Griffith REVIEW contributor, Kris Olsson, who has won the Kibble Literary Award for women’s writing for her extraordinary family memoir, Boy, Lost. If you haven’t read it already, you really must.

Dr Fiona Paisley wins Magarey Medal for Biography

Contributor wins award

Check out where it began, as Professor Paisley first wrote about Aboriginal activist Anthony Martin Fernando in Griffith REVIEW6: Our Global Face in her essay ‘Into Self-Imposed Exile’.

Farewell to Paul Thwaites

After eleven years managing the production of all forty-five editions of Griffith REVIEW – including several iterations of the website, countless posters, bookmarks, flyers – Production Manager Paul Thwaites has decided it is time to go fishing. 

Paul has been an essential member of the Griffith REVIEW team since the start and will be greatly missed. He brought his long-standing expertise at print production to the venture, working professionally, diligently and with good cheer, with printers, typesetters, web developers and distributors. Over this time the publishing industry has changed dramatically as the internet has disrupted old ways of doing things and created new products and opportunities. Paul has been excited by the challenges and, like many of us, looks back with some amazement at the way things have changed. He is now looking forward to watching the future unfold, but without the day to day pressure.  

It is no mean feat to... Read more

Congratulations to Griffith REVIEW contributors

Queen's Birthday Honours List

Congratulations to Griffith REVIEW contributors who have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List:
Tom Griffiths AO for distinguished service to tertiary education, particularly social, cultural and environmental history, and through popular and academic contributions to Australian literature.
Tony Wheeler AO for distinguished service to business and commerce as a p ublisher of travel guides, and as a benefactor to a range of Australian arts and aid organisations.
Michael Gawenda AM for significant service to the print media industry as a journalist and editor, and to the advancement of professional education and development.

Pacific Highways writer selected for prestigious program

Congratulations Alison Wong

Griffith REVIEW 43: Pacific Highways contributor, Alison Wong, has been selected to take part in a writers’ exchange with China to work on a memoir inspired by her Pacific Highways essay.
She will be the first New Zealand writer to join the prestigious Shanghai International Writers’ Program. About eight writers from all over the world are selected each year.

Congratulations Kris Olsson & Ashley Hay

2014 NSW Premier’s Award Winners

Kris Olsson was joint winner of the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction for her masterful and heartrending book, Boy, Lost
Ashley Hay took out the People’s Choice Award for The Railwayman’s Wife.

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