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Edition 47

Looking West

In Australia, the lure of bounty from mineral riches has drawn generations of fortune hunters to its western third. For some this was a stop on the road to a better place, for many a destination for new beginnings, but for its original inhabitants dislocation was inevitable. Griffith Review 47: Looking West provides rich insights into the history, environment, politics and creative impulses that inform the state.

Anna Haebich asks what is the culture that has bloomed in the isolation and resource-obsession of WA?

Former Premiere of Western Australia, Carmen Lawrence, examines a history of thoughtless plundering of natural resources in WA.

Award-winning author, Brooke Davis, explores a young girl’s transition into adolescence, capturing life on the tipping point from the seemingly unchanging world of childhood into one that involves more than just fun and games.

Psychedelic rock musician Nick Allbrook, frontman for Pond, gives his testament to the creative community of Perth.

Tim Winton... Read more

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Edition 46

Forgotten Stories – The Novella Project II

Griffith REVIEW 46: Forgotten Stories – The Novella Project II explores in fiction forgotten stories with a historical dimension, delving beyond the handful of iconic tales that have grown threadbare. 

The massive migration of the past generation is not only changing Australia but reviving the need to find new ways to tell forgotten stories. Stories that are part of a shared, but often overlooked, cultural heritage of this country. Forgotten Stories will redefine what it means to be Australian in the twenty-first century.

A sea-change couple dig into the past of their newly adopted small town, and discover a secret better left undisturbed in a masterful story by Cate Kennedy

Tensions simmer between Afghan cameleers, Aborigines and white Australians at the time of Federation in a story by John Kinsella

A newly-arrived Japanese family remembers World War II and confronts 1960s Australia’s narratives of themselves in a novella by Masako Fukui

Emma Hardman‘s fourteen-year-old Margaret gets more than... Read more

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Edition 45

The Way We Work

This edition will explore the extraordinary structural changes triggered by globalisation, the internet and collapse of unions.

Featuring essays from Ashley Hay, Gideon Haigh, Mandy Sayer, Rebecca Huntley, Peter Mares, Josephine Rowe and more, The Way We Work asks: How does work shape our values, our citizens, cultures and communities? As our work changes, how will it change us? How does the blurring of work and leisure through ‘access anywhere’ technology affect our attitudes to work? How are older Australians going to find consistent and flexible work (as the government wants them to do) when age discrimination is rife? Will flexible work help decrease the gender gap?

The Way We Work will feature stories from the coal face of work – traditional and non traditional jobs described with insight, flair and passion.

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Edition 44

Cultural Solutions

Griffith REVIEW 44: Cultural Solutions explores new ways people are working together and solving social problems that governments and other organisations have struggled with. ‘In this edition our contributors share the cultural solutions that are transforming the lives of Australian people and communities,’ says Griffith REVIEW editor Julianne Schultz.

The cultural solutions explored across the edition vary in approach, scale and purpose. 

Robyn Archer suggests it might be time to rethink and revalue the importance of culture, including artists themselves. Big hART’s Scott Rankin discusses the great return-on-investment offered by cultural solutions and how even a modest investment can have a far-reaching impact on the seemingly intractable social problems. 

Alice Pung explores the importance of storytelling to give marginalised children a voice, while Maria Tumarkin wonders if the growing need for communication to be packaged into attractive stories means we are missing out on more complex information. 

With essays from Marcus WestburyJim HearnKris Olsson and Kate Veitch; stories from Craig Cliff and Chris Armstrong; poetry from Susan... Read more

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Edition 43

Pacific Highways

Griffith REVIEW 43: Pacific Highways, co-edited by Julianne Schultz and acclaimed New Zealand author Lloyd Jones, examines the shifting tides in New Zealand through a heady mix of essay, memoir, fiction and poetry by some of New Zealand’s most exciting and innovative writers. Pacific Highways explores New Zealand’s position as a hub between the Pacific, Tasman and Southern oceans, and examines the exchange of people and culture, points of resistance and overlap.

How New Zealand adapts to recent profound changes and moves forward is a matter of urgent consideration. The country’s economic model is generating escalating environmental and cultural strains, but also presents great opportunities. A recent worldwide survey found the NZ education system is one of the worst at overcoming economic and social disadvantage. Auckland is home to more than a third of the (increasingly diverse) population, presenting challenges and opportunities for the whole country. Christchurch is finding inspiring new... Read more

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Edition 42

Once Upon a Time in Oz

Fairy tales endure because their messages still speak as strongly and clearly to people today as they ever did – hidden within the metaphoric codes of princes, witches, curses and towers, insurmountable tasks, elaborate tests and exaggerated trials.

We all have the same dragons in our psyche, as Ursula K Le Guin once said. Fairy tales tell us it is possible to face these dragons, these ogres of our darkest imaginings, and triumph over them.

Australia is a story as well as a place. The Aboriginal place was telling itself for at least those sixty-thousand years, while outside Australia existed only in the imaginations of people in the northern hemisphere, a Great South Land below the equator. The shocking, defining moment in 1788 when the First Fleet landed fractured the backbone of the story, and set off a whole galaxy of further plots and subplots that continue to play out.

Wherever people... Read more

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Edition 41

Now We are Ten

Griffith REVIEW’s tenth anniversary edition features Australia’s best writers tackling the underlying forces that will shape the next decade: sustainability, equality, belonging, technology and the capacity for change.

In this anniversary edition the insights from the past will inform a forward-looking agenda, explored with flair and lite... Read more

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Edition 40

WOMEN & POWER

The empowerment of women it is one of the most remarkable revolutions of the past century. But like all good revolutions it is still not settled.

In a generation women have taken control of their economic fate, risen to the most powerful political positions in the land and climbed to the top of the corporate ladder.

However, there still remains vast inequality between men and women across all measures, from economics to opportunity to security. Does access to power equate to actual power?

In WOMEN & POWER, Griffith REVIEW explores the changing relationship between women and power in public and private spheres, here and abroad.

Are women accepted as equal partners in politics in Australia? Would the introduction of quotas mean that men with higher merit are overlooked?

Should a woman act as ‘one of the boys’ in order to get ahead? Can a woman be too good at sport? Are women their own worst... Read more

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Edition 39

TASMANIA – The Tipping Point?

For many Tasmanians a darker reality lies behind the seductive tourism brochures showcasing the state’s pristine wilderness, gourmet magazine articles celebrating its burgeoning food culture, and newspaper stories gasping at a world-leading art museum.... Read more

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Edition 38

The Novella Project

Novellas: longer than a short story, shorter than a novel have come into their own, with the digital publishing revolution providing new opportunities for writers to experiment with longer stories that are intense, detailed, often grounded in the times, and perfectly designed for busy people to read in one sitting.... Read more

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