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In the latest episode of the Meanjin podcast, we hear eight writers reading from their recent Meanjin pieces as a socially distanced replacement for our sadly cancelled pub night. Tune in to hear from Timmah Ball, Marija Peričić, Eloise Grills, Claire Collie, Nicola Redhouse, Ouyang Yu, Dominic Gordon, and Nick Robinson
In Meanjin’s Spring 2019 issue, we published a landmark essay by Michael Mohammed Ahmad entitled ‘Reading Malcolm X in Arab Australia’. In that same edition, Khalid Warsame wrote on memory, the body, sites of significance and the work of James Baldwin in his essay, ‘This Vast Conspiracy of Memory’. In this episode of the Meanjin podcast, you’ll hear Mohammed and Khalid discuss these two essays. This podcast was recorded at a launch event in Gleebooks in Sydney, hosted by Sara Saleh.
Poet, novelist and critic Alison Croggon and non-fiction writer and critic Cher Tan join Jonathan Green to discuss the nature of contemporary criticism in this episode of the Meanjin podcast. They explore the role and responsibility of the critic and tackle some of the challenges facing cultural critics today. Next, poet Prithvi Varatharajan invites us on a tour of budding romance in his poem ‘Love Poem’ (published in our Summer 2018 edition). Lastly, Jonathan Green speaks with Malthouse Theatre’s Artistic Director and CEO Matthew Lutton about the upcoming production of Cloudstreet adapted from Tim Winton’s beloved novel.
In the December episode of the Meanjin podcast, Jonathan Green chats with author Robert Lukins and library director, writer and critic Justine Hyde about reading habits, book recommendations, and how the discussions of book-loving communities have enriched their reading lives.
The episode also features summer reading recommendations from Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Carmel Bird, Alice Bishop, Eileen Chong, Claire G Coleman, Paul Dalla Rosa, Winnie Dunn, Laura Elvery, Dan Hogan, Fury, Fatima Measham, Shaun Micallef, Jennifer Mills, Laura McPhee Browne, Mirandi Riwoe, Belinda Rule and Omar Sakr.
In the November episode of the Meanjin podcast, Jonathan Green hosts Miles Franklin–longlisted author Jane Rawson and naturalist Harry Saddler in a discussion about the dark reality of climate change for animals.
Next, poet Robbie Coburn reads his poem ‘Convalescence’ from our Spring 2018 edition.
And memoirist and artist Eloise Grills reads from her Meanjin blog piece ‘Diet Culture Rules Everything Around Me’, before discussing digital spaces, experimental memoir and the power of public vulnerability with our producer Marta Skrabacz.
In our August episode, Meanjin editor Jonathan Green chats with Darumbal and South Sea Islander journalist Amy McQuire about revisiting the controversy over Meanjin’s Winter #MeToo cover and looking for the lessons we at Meanjin might take into the future.
Next, Joel Deane reads his poem ‘The Year of the Wasp’ (Meanjin Spring 2016).
And author Alice Bishop reads from her piece ‘Coppering’ (Meanjin Winter 2018) before discussing the intimate, visceral nature of memoir writing with Meanjin deputy editor Tess Smurthwaite.
In the May episode of the Meanjin podcast, Jonathan Green welcomes two of Australia’s most loved writers: Alexis Wright and Raimond Gaita. Reflecting on Tracker and Romulus, My Father as well as their relationships to memoir, story-telling and the concepts of truth and humanity, Wright and Gaita lose themselves discussing the power and responsibility of the writer.
Poet Broede Carmody shows us where water runs in his poem ‘Petrichor’ (Meanjin Spring 2016).
And Melbourne-based writer Emma Marie Jones reads her short piece ‘Concealer’ (published on the Meanjin blog in April 2018) before discussing the art, intimacy and experimental possibilities of the memoir form with Tess Smurthwaite.
In our April episode, Meanjin editor Jonathan Green chats with author Claire G. Coleman, historian Bill Gammage and anthropologist Marcia Langton about the historical and contemporary resonance of terra nullius. Each offers a different perspective on the colonial principle, discussing its devastating effects on Indigenous Australians and how the language we use reflects its influence today.
Next, Marjorie Main transports us to wintry waterways in her poem ‘The Creek’ (Meanjin Autumn 2018).
And author Jennifer Mills reads from her short story ‘Miracles’ (Meanjin Autumn 2017) before discussing the landscape of the short story form and the influence of climate change upon her current novel, Dyschronia, with Meanjin deputy editor Tess Smurthwaite.
In the March episode of the revived Meanjin podcast, SWEATSHOP director and author Michael Mohammed Ahmad reads from his short story ‘No Toes’ (from Meanjin Spring 2017) and discusses the themes of toxic masculinity and the culture of Western Sydney’s Punchbowl High School with Meanjin editor Jonathan Green.
Poet Belinda Rule transports us to the stark and beautiful tableaus of construction which surround us in her poem ‘Industry, Melbourne’ (from Meanjin Autumn 2018).
And a panel featuring three of Australia’s most prominent feminist thinkers—Clementine Ford, Celeste Liddle and Lauren Rosewarne—gets to the heart of the questions posed by the #MeToo movement: why now, what next, and how can we best harness this momentum for intersectional possibilities?