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Passion and naivety

Zora Sanders August 29

All new literary magazines are founded with just such a mix of passion and naivety. No editor would undertake the task if they didn’t feel utterly compelled, nor if they truly understood what they were getting themselves into. More


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The loss of the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics weakens government’s capacity to understand us, and our own capacity to understand ourselves. More


The arts industry response to the disestablishment of the ABS National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics continues to build.

At yesterday’s presentation on the new Australia Council strategic plan and grants program, CEO Tony Grybowsky d...

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Interview with a Poet—David Wood

Rosie Cham August 28

Good poetry, as Houseman says, should make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. Just think about all the things in life that do that for you – a lover’s kiss, a child’s laugh. That is poetry. More


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What I’m Reading—Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven August 25

It wouldn’t be the first conversation I had with a stranger while holding this book. Most people have a bird story for you. More


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Episode six of the Meanjin podcast features Fatima Measham on postcode superiority, Julie Chevalier reads a poem passing through and Rachel Buchanan reflects on the end of the newspaper More


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What I'm Reading—Megan McGrath

Megan McGrath August 18

In About Time, Bill Nighy’s character uses his powers of time travel to consume books. This is what I felt like being given all-access to the shelves of my bookstore. More


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What I'm Reading—Emily Stewart

Emily Stewart August 11

‘Friendship’ [Acker] writes, ‘is always a political act, for it unites citizens into a polis.’ ‘Think, for a moment, with how much more energy one does something for a lover or for a close friend than when one acts only in the service of oneself’. Yes. More


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What I'm Reading—Donna Mazza

Donna Mazza August 04

Eyrie is so scathing and hateful of Perth that even I began to feel a twinge of sadness for it. Surely there is something to love. Like the sullen, abandoned child in the novel, it doesn’t give much and threatens to crash to the ground. More


Wonderful review Donna; I too had an ‘Eyrie’ moment last summer in Freo, eating out in the middle of town and gazing up to a looming block of flats from where, in my mind, Keeley finally escaped to find some sort of happiness in the southwest we a...

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What I'm Reading—Young Dawkins

Young Dawkins July 28

I did not mean to become a poet. The dream of emerging as the next Great American Novelist tasted so sweet in my imagination. More


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What I'm reading—James Ross-Edwards

James Ross-Edwards July 21

You spend so much energy inventing single-minded crap about frozen garlic bread that the bit of your brain that can absorb five hundred pages of uncertainty just shuts down. More


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