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Memoir

Breast Mapping

Maria Kyriacou

People didn’t seem to think I was sufficiently sad about losing my breasts. I was regularly told I was brave, as cancer patients often are, though in truth I was too busy being terrified to feel sad. But I didn’t feel brave either. I knew my choice wasn’t much of one at all; I had to make a decision out of desperation.

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Maria Kyriacou recalls the pain and uncertainty surrounding her double mastectomy

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Mathematics and divinity in new poetry from Peter Coghill

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The plight of the dingo in a new perspective from Rowena Lennox

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

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New poetry from David Musgrave

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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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

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An invented past surfaces in new fiction from Andrew Pippos

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A young traveller questions the motives of her host in new fiction by Tamara Lazaroff

Poetry

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Mathematics and divinity in new poetry from Peter Coghill

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New poetry from David Musgrave

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An abundance of summertime riches in new poetry from Emily Ballou

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Musings during the morning commute in new poetry from Geoff Page

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Religious transcendence in new poetry from Andrew Stuckgold

Memoir

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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

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Trapped with a mad ufologist, Sofia Stefanovic finds an unlikely love story

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Howard Goldenburg relives the battle for a patient’s life

Essays

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Maria Kyriacou recalls the pain and uncertainty surrounding her double mastectomy

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The plight of the dingo in a new perspective from Rowena Lennox

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Laura Jean McKay on the side effects of wanderlust

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Suzy Freeman-Greene contemplates the constant need for forecasts

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A history of the semicolon in a new essay from Anna Heyward

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…