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Perspectives

Stories of Water

Pip Newling

Moree is thought to be the only place in Australia that had laws barring Aboriginal people from public amenities. While many, if not all, country towns had cinemas, or shops or pubs from which Aboriginal people were barred, those were private businesses. Here it was Moree people elected to public office who voted in these regulations.

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On his eightieth birthday, poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe muses on tattoed ladies, triangulation and growing up Europhile

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Bill Garner recreates a subliminal encounter for two WWI diggers

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New poetry by Caroline Ross

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Pip Newling explores the disturbing history of Mooree’s public swimming pool

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New poetry from Eileen Chong

Tournament
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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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Linguistics and the language of despair in new fiction from Kate Elkington

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Infidelity captured on film in new fiction from Fatima Sehbai

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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

Poetry

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New poetry from Eileen Chong

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In new poetry, Omar Sakr explores leaving home and new beginnings

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Ritual and sacrifice in new poetry from Shari Kocher

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A childhood duo recalled in new poetry from Gerard Butera

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New poetry from Dan Disney

Memoir

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On his eightieth birthday, poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe muses on tattoed ladies, triangulation and growing up Europhile

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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

Essays

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Bill Garner recreates a subliminal encounter for two WWI diggers

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Pip Newling explores the disturbing history of Mooree’s public swimming pool

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J.R. Douglas deconstructs one of the biggest pop-cultural series of the past decade

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Trevor Shearston goes in search of a grisly relic of our dark colonial past

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Literature on the coast of the Black Sea, a new perspective from Desislava Sheytanova

Podcast

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Episode seven features Raimond Gaita and Glyn Davis on the place and purpose of the university, L…

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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…