With five prime ministers in five years, many feared that the Australian system was broken. How did a rich, well-educated society fail to live up to its early promise as a global leader with an innovative and egalitarian democracy? Griffith Review 51: Fixing the System brings together writers, thinkers and analysts who identify, with originality and verve, what is at stake. They provide fresh insights into how to fix the system, and why it matters.
The professionalisation of politics has crushed diversity within its ranks. PETER VAN ONSELEN and WAYNE ERRINGTON propose three simple, powerful principles for returning politics to the act of governing, rather than ruling.
Using historical examples from China and Russia, CARMEN LAWRENCE explores the cascading political side effects of airbrushing the past. She argues the endemic absolutism and sloganeering in modern Australian politics is stifling open thought, resulting in similar lack of relevance and nuance in public policy.
ANNE COOMBS explores the world of online... Read more
Novellas are the ideal fiction for our times: long enough to engage yet short enough to hold readers’ attention, the ideal length to enable authors to experiment. Griffith Review, with the active support of CAL’s Cultural Fund, has been at the forefront of reviving novellas in Australia. This movement is now gaining momentum, as publishers release novellas by their big name authors.
Earlier this year, we put the call out for our third volume of novellas and were overwhelmed by the interest. The web page was visited more than 13,650 times, and we received 271 entries. Our expert judges – Brian Johns, Jacqueline Blanchard and Cate Kennedy – read the novellas blind and were astounded by the diversity and quality. It was difficult, but five were finally chosen resulting in Tall Tales Short – The Novella Project III.
Tall Tales Short is a rich and varied collection that showcases the talents of... Read more
The Asian century is in full swing, generating unprecedented economic and social power. In coming decades this will profoundly change the world, and the lives of all those living in the world’s most populous region. Griffith Review 49: New Asia Now showcases outstanding young writers from the countries at the centre of Asia’s ongoing transformation. They write about the people and places they know with passion, flair and insight.
All born after 1970, our contributors are cultural agenda setters at home who explore issues of identity and belonging in the new world that is unfolding.
In a country where speaking out can land you in jail, MIGUEL SYJUCO asks, what can we do? What can a writer do?
In a sharply satirical short story by MAGGIE TIOJAKIN, two men attend an election rally for the Candidate in Indonesia.
MURONG XUECUN explores how the internet is changing China and Chinese people –... Read more
Exploring the consequences of Australia’s involvement in war with a critical and inquiring eye, Griffith Review 48: Enduring Legacies assembles a team of scholars, non-fiction and fiction writers, journalists and broadcasters to pose hard questions about why we remember and what we forget. How did the wars shape Australia socially, economically and politically? How did they alter the understanding of Australia’s place in the world and in our region? Did Gallipoli mark the coming of age of the new nation, or did that war devastate its potential?
Peter Cochrane examines the ‘history war’ raging around Australia’s participation in twentieth century wars.
Writer and TV personality John Clarke presents a charming account of his friend, Ray Parkin, paying tribute to his simple wisdom, creative flair and indomitable spirit.
Celebrated historian Clare Wright reflects on the nature of historical memory: who we remember and what we choose – to our psychic and civic detriment – to forget.
Peter... Read more
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
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
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.
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 Westbury, Jim Hearn, Kris Olsson and Kate Veitch; stories from Craig Cliff and Chris Armstrong; poetry from Susan... Read more
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
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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