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Memoir

A Bigger Splash

Peter Sutton

November 1963: Out the back of his farm house on the fated rural outskirts of Melbourne, old Mr Jenner beheads a chook as I watch on. I am seventeen. His actions are casual, of old. The leghorn gushes and sprays in circles. I step back from the bright scatter. I have not seen this terrible letting before.

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

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

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An abundance of summertime riches in new poetry from Emily Ballou

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

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Musings during the morning commute in new poetry from Geoff Page

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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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

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Living room totems loom large in this new story from Shaun Prescott

Poetry

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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

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new poetry from Stephen Edgar

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Rod Usher explores being and becoming

Memoir

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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

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Ailsa Wild’s memories of learning to be a better clown under the jeering and playful direction of Monsier Philippe Gaulier

Essays

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

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Peter Kirkpatrick explores ties between the Australian bushranger and the American cowboy

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Giles Fielke explores the collision between sound, art and new media

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Stephen Banham shares with us some of the best typographical anecdotes

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Have we lost the war on drugs? Liam Pieper argues that we well and truly have

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…