A tinge of sadness in this June 2017 edition of Meanjin: it includes the last Commonplace column filed by John Clarke before his death in April. Published with the kind permission of his family it is a beautifully turned and now poignant piece.
Clarke’s longtime home, the ABC, is the subject of the major essay in this Meanjin edition. Margaret Simons takes a long hard look at the broadcaster’s past and present … and a future very much in contest. Katharine Murphy ‘who’d be a politician’; Terry Barnes argues for the rise of the ‘sensible centre’; and Shannon Burns writes in defence of the white working class. There’s new fiction from A.S. Patric and Stephanie Bishop and as always a fine selection of new Australian poetry, including work from Judith Beveridge, Anthony Lawrence, Ben Walter and Owen Bullock.
Past editions of Meanjin and the Meanjin Anthology can be purchased through the MUP Online Bookstore. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Meanjin we have also republished the first ever issue of the magazine from 1940, Meanjin First Edition.
Meanjin can be ordered through Random House Australia
Summer 2016, Volume 75, Number 4 ISBN: 9780522870107