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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


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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Edition 37

Small World

Small World broadens the mind with postcards and intelligence from everywhere at a time when the growth of international air travel has shrunk the definition of proximity and the internet has enabled the globalised media industry to bring distant events and places tantalisingly close.... Read more

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Edition 36

What is Australia for?

Australia is no longer small, remote or isolated. It is time to discover What Is Australia For? and acknowledge the wealth of resources beyond mining.

In a powerful memoir, Frank Moorhouse confronts his own mortality when a routine trek through the bush at the back of Bourke takes a wrong turn; Cameron Muir argues for an urgent marriage between health and agriculture; David Hansen investigates the token Aboriginality of a Melbourne residential tower; and Nick Bryant takes the temperature of our cultural cringe.

Dennis Altman asks if Australians have lost the will to create a better society; Robyn Archer contends that sustainability and resilience must be at the heart of our national debate; Kim Mahood offers a lacerating account of white workers in remote Aboriginal communities; David Astle and Romy Ash deliver two outstanding pieces of short fiction.

What Is Australia For? asks the big questions to encourage a robust national discussion about... Read more

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Edition 35


SURVIVING explores tales of extraordinary battles and random brushes with fate, and presents hard-won lessons on how to be better prepared, and adopt, survive and even thrive after disaster.

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Edition 34

The Annual Fiction Edition

These stories explore offshore coal ships and urban no-man’s land; islands of traditional culture within the mainstream to the personal seclusion of grief or vulnerability.

This third annual collection of new fiction features many authors poised to make the leap to the national stage, including Sally Breen, Favel Parrett, Nicolas Low and Rachael S Morgan.

In addition, the edition features new stories and memoir from award-winning authors Georgia Blain, Craig Cliff, Chris Womersley, Melissa Luchashenko, Ashley Hay and Benjamin Law, plus much more.

Griffith REVIEW 34 also includes the announcement of the winners of the 2011 Griffith REVIEW-CAL Emerging Writer’s (GREW) Prize, awarded annually to emerging writers published in Griffith REVIEW this year whose work has been deemed most original and influential.

The Annual Fiction Edition presents an archipelago of islands to discover and is a collectable companion to the 2009 and 2010 Griffith REVIEW fiction anthologies.

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Edition 33

Such Is Life

Award-winning author Lloyd Jones reveals how childhood rugby and a reverence for the All Blacks shaped his adult sensibilities and success beyond the Wellington suburbs.

Carrie Tiffany comes to terms with pain and shame; Shakira Hussein falls between identities and cultures in the wake of 9/11.

Debra Adelaide learns the value of an official identity; Meera Atkinson’s friendship transcends pubescent pop star fandom; and David Carlin attempts to write the history of Circus Oz.

In essays, Frank Moorhouse tests the boundaries of privacy and stigma; Peter Bishop salutes teachers – real and literary – who nurture our creative imagination; A.J. Brown gets behind the writing of his new biography of Michael Kirby; and Matthew Ricketson surveys recent political memoirs.

Marion Halligan, Toni Jordan and Anna Dorrington explore the legacy of mothers and children, while John Tranter, Brian Geach and Andrew Sant investigate rites of fatherhood.

Raimond Gaita and Kate Holden consider what is honoured or... Read more

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Edition 32

Wicked Problems, Exquisite Dilemmas

We live in an age of wicked problems, exquisite dilemmas. From the scale and scope of natural disasters to managing climate change, asylum seeking or river systems, new paradigms of transparency and power – as seen recently in the Middle East – demand a new style of leadership, collaborative action and non-linear solutions.

UK journalist Barbara Gunnell reports from London on the legacy of Julian Assange and the changing nature of journalism, state secrets and the limits to privacy. Valerie Brown and Lyn Carson explore the benefits of collective thinking and leadership, while Wendy McCarthy looks behind the rise of women in power.

Military historian Greg Lockhart reveals an Australian defence cover-up with repercussions for the current geopolitics of the Asia Pacific region; John Langmore and Jan Egeland look to Norway for lessons in peacekeeping.

Matthew Condon reminds us of the importance of history in the wake of the Brisbane floods; Deb Newell... Read more

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Edition 31

Ways of Seeing

The complexity and urgency of twenty-first century problems demand new Ways of Seeing. For decades, the humanities and social sciences have withered in the shadow of market economics and scientific rationalism.

Now more than ever, we need a human-centred approach to the big dilemmas of the day, learning from literature and philosophy and drawing on the creative imagination.

Philosopher and author John Armstrong argues that the value of humanities is measured by their worth and relevance outside the academy.

Award-winning historian Peter Cochrane reveals the importance of historical imagination; Tanveer Ahmed explores neuroscience and policy; Leah Kaminsky reconnects the physician with the narrative.

This edition also contains essays, memoir and fiction by Ian Lowe, Robyn Williams, Robert Hillman, Amanda Lohrey and Julienne van Loon, plus much more.

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