Essays

 

In a State of Midlife Flux

In a State of Midlife Flux

Celeste Liddle, Celeste Liddle
This year, in April, I turned 45. I also moved into the first house that I have ever bought. It’s taken me until I am thoroughly middle-aged to put down some actual roots. I’m in a suburb that I’ve always ...
Ali Cobby Eckermann

Ali Cobby Eckermann

Ali Cobby Eckermann
As a girl I remember my love of writing. Transmogrified by a series of traumas at the precious age of seven, I moved towards a love of reading. Imagination was my constant friend during my childhood. I always believed there was ...
Diary Entry 01: Grief & Strong Black Women

Diary Entry 01: Grief & Strong Black Women

Apryl Day
As Black women we are often met with multiple moments in life that define who we are, shape us into who we will become and our outlook on life. Unfortunately, for us there are too many significant moments that are ...
An Education

An Education

Davina B Woods, Davina B Woods
Usually, people think of education as a formal process, based upon a prescribed program that occurs within an institution called a school. Education, however, also occurs through what educators call public pedagogy. It is the programming that comes when interacting ...
Journalism and the Referendum

Journalism and the Referendum

Dan Bourchier
‘A Proposed Law: to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. Do you approve this proposed alteration?’ This is the question all enrolled Australians will be asked later this year. Yes ...
Is the literary industry even worth saving?

Is the literary industry even worth saving?

Matilda Dixon-Smith
This year I reach an important milestone: ten years working in the literary industry. In 2013 I entered my first ‘real’ lit job, as an editorial assistant at a small magazine publisher in North Melbourne. I had worked as an ...
Prised Wide Shut

Prised Wide Shut

Jo Dyer
It’s not the end of the world at all. It’s only the end of us. The world will go on just the same, only we shan’t be in it. Nevil Shute, On the Beach Political winds swirl wildly these days ...
Money Shot: Golf and Public Land

Money Shot: Golf and Public Land

Briohny Doyle
In 2017 a photograph goes viral: three white men in cargo shorts and polos like they just came from a Trump rally, playing a round of golf as a wildfire rages behind them. ‘In the pantheon of visual metaphors for ...
Australia in Three Books

Australia in Three Books

Julianne Schultz
Reducing my Australia to just three books makes me feel like someone panning for gold in a fast-moving stream filled with the precious metal. If I stand still long enough and shake the pan hard enough, surely just three ...
Makunschan, Meeanjan, Miganchan, Meanjan, Magandjin

Makunschan, Meeanjan, Miganchan, Meanjan, Magandjin

Gaja Kerry Charlton, Gaja Kerry Chalton
Every tribe … has its own dialect, if not language … stamps their locality much, know every acre of land belonging to their ‘home’… each plant, flower, tree, shrub, grass, bird, beast, insect … every mile of a river or ...
The Politics of Home

The Politics of Home

Rachel Goldlust
Transformations on the home front in a post-pandemic world The world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, ...
Why does Elon Musk, the largest clown in the clown car, simply not eat the other clowns?

Why does Elon Musk, the largest clown in the clown car, simply not eat the other clowns?

Patrick Lenton
Twitter, when you simmer it down to its base premise, like some kind of unholy stock, is essentially a super-fast way to spread little sentences all around the world. If you like writing and using writing to say things, chances ...
Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Meanjin, Meanjin
Welcome, Maxine! Wonderful to have you here. So much to discuss… One of the abiding principles that motivated Clem Christesen to found Meanjin was, in his words: ‘to make clear the connection between literature and politics’. So let’s start there ...
Australia beyond the Crown

Australia beyond the Crown

Craig Foster
Liberation, Emancipation and Unity Australia is growing into its contemporary skin and in that unfolding, unifying reality, there is no further place for the Crown. It’s an age of awakening, conversations previously unspoken, taboos broken. It’s a cultural and psychological liberation ...
I went for a walk and saw my own dystopian art

I went for a walk and saw my own dystopian art

Catherine Ryan
A reflection on the policing and control of public health responses to the pandemic I All we were allowed to do was to go for walks. ‘Stupid little walks for our mental health’, as one meme put it. So that is ...