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In new memoir, Kerstin Lindros explores her family’s past and the legacy of East Germany

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Gillian Terzis on the limitations of the ‘great Australian dream’

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Martin Langford on the dangers of limited reading

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Mike Ladd listens to the morning with a new companion.

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Stories from the projection room with Aaron Hawke

Tournament
of Books

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Tom Cho Vs. Thea Astley in the Meanjin Tournament of Books Grand Final

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Second Semi-Final Tom Cho Vs Jospehine Rowe judged by Melinda Harvey

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First Semi-Final Thea Astley Vs Nam Le judged by Ronnie Scott

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R2 M4 ‘Today on Dr Phil’ Vs. ‘Five Acre Virgin’ judged by First Dog

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R2 M3 ‘In the Mornings We Would Sometimes Hear Him Singing’ Vs. ‘American Dreams’ judged by Melissa Cranenburgh

Fiction

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An overdue pregnancy and the nurturing strength of a mother, in new fiction from Ellen van Neerven

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The earth set alight from underground in new fiction from Jennifer Mills

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Grief, friendship, death and dissection, new fiction from Robyn Cadwallader

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Finding yourself on the psychologist’s couch, new fiction from Nicola Redhouse

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An old sea dog fights to stay on top of the game in new fiction by W.J.P Newnham

Poetry

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New poetry from Gareth Robinson

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Animals dismembered and disemboweled in new poetry from Natalie Rose Dyer

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Snowflakes transform a garden in new poetry from Simeon Kronenberg

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Mathematics and divinity in new poetry from Peter Coghill

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New poetry from David Musgrave

Memoir

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In new memoir, Kerstin Lindros explores her family’s past and the legacy of East Germany

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Stories from the projection room with Aaron Hawke

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Maria Kyriacou recalls the pain and uncertainty surrounding her double mastectomy

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A transfusion in hospital leads Peter Sutton to reflect on memories of blood

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Patrick McCaughey experiences the majesty of central Australia

Essays

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Gillian Terzis on the limitations of the ‘great Australian dream’

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Martin Langford on the dangers of limited reading

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Mike Ladd listens to the morning with a new companion.

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Jane Howard explores art in the public space

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Anwen Crawford investigates how changes to welfare affects some of Australia’s most vulnerable

Podcast

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Episode six of the Meanjin podcast features Fatima Measham on postcode superiority, Julie Chevali…

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Episode five of the Meanjin podcast features Luke Ryan on scars, both literal and metaphorical, E…

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In episode four we debut a new segment the literary agony aunts, plus Nicholas Walton-Healey talk…

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In the third Meanjin Podcast, Meg Mundell and Drew Sinton explore the ghosts of the State Library…

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Are you terrible at naming characters? Do you start short stories but never finish? Is there a ce…