You might have heard that Meanjin and the Australia Council for the Arts have not been enjoying the best of relationships in recent times. A few months back the Council knocked back our application for a four-year grant that would have funded our author payments until the end of 2020. Last week the Council rejected an application that would have funded our author payments until the end of 2017. It feels like the crisis is coming closer. Meanjin is many things to many people, but to Australian writers of essays, memoir, fiction and poetry it is a source of both… [Read more]
‘Like that aunt who has a knack for finding treasures in yard sales, PDR zeroes in on wonderful material that I never would have stumbled across myself…’
In the latest installment of the Spike blog series showcasing online writing, Miya Tokumitsu shares three diverse online havens that offer something unexpected, familiar or, in her opinion, essential.
‘lights go out when we least expect it
it’s your presence
night, a body without words
we clothe ourselves in it’
From the Meanjin archives, poetry by Alison Wong first published in 2004.
I soon realised that Kathy and I had settled at the periphery of the rules and the order, separated categorically from the mystics and their task; we existed like stray animals sheltered in a monastery.
‘It’s something in the assemblage; attention and patience help. I don’t want a poem to be forced or constrained in any way. What I try to do is to create a space for readers to enter and experience a poem. For me, this is where hearing the abstract or lyrical music matters.’
Michelle Cahill on her craft as a poet
‘Many of the ugly chapters of Australia’s past have been effectively erased, but torture, suffering, cruelty and death have always clung to the name ‘Port Arthur’.’
From the Meanjin archives, non-fiction by Carmel Bird first published in 1996 only a few months after the Port Arthur massacre.
‘…the joy of story-telling is to play with the artificial borders we try to erect around our experiences.’
Rachel Hennessy touches on some inspiring examples of online writing that push the boundaries of traditional non-fiction. This is the latest installment of the Spike series that asks writers to discuss what they are reading online.
‘I sucked at being a rock star, but I read widely: Kafka, Joyce, Dickens, Mishima and others from the canon. The reading lists at university were an eye opener for a bloke like me. My single-sex Catholic school education wasn’t particularly open-minded; it just bred an unhealthy obsession with guilt and apologies. I turned up to my first writing lecture a teenage worrywart. Writers such as Peter Carey, John Birmingham, Irvine Welsh, Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe blew my mind. Their stories introduced me to the fantastic, the absurd, and the prickly satire of bent and anarchic humour. I was hooked.’
From the Meanjin archives, an essay by Ben O’Mara first published in 2010.
‘Foal’s Bread was not the kind of novel which could be knocked together in a year of unpaid leave.’ Jane Jervis-Read on Gillian Mears.
Richard Flanagan cuts loose and flies his politics at the ABIA Awards.