Essays

 

‘The Graceful Incoming of a Revolution’

‘The Graceful Incoming of a Revolution’

Tom McIlroy, Tom McIlroy
The story of how Australia came to have a woman on the bench of its highest court has an unlikely first chapter. It starts with a young girl in northern New South Wales, dawdling to avoid chores from her mother ...
An Elegant Revenge: Language at Play

An Elegant Revenge: Language at Play

Lur Alghurabi
I try to interrogate my reader bias as often as I can; the questionable motives behind my rage or comfort when reading, how hard and how often I project my own life onto the protagonist, and sometimes even, to my ...
Beyond the Governance Gaps

Beyond the Governance Gaps

Kate Larsen
Past and present board members and those who support our boards—I want to thank you. In the machine of arts, cultural and not-for-profit governance you are one of our most necessary cogs: legislated, expected and required. From statutory authorities to ...
We are hoping Australians will vote 'Yes'

We are hoping Australians will vote ‘Yes’

Marcia Langton
The fate of future generations is in the balance ‘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?’ Australians will vote ...
A Risk Greater than Love

A Risk Greater than Love

Zara Gudnason
Recently I’ve started telling people that I am saving to buy a house. At best I am manifesting and at worst I am in denial. The proclamation has made me attuned to houses and the people who have them. I ...
St Albans

St Albans

Amra Pajalić
I teach in St Albans in the western suburbs of Melbourne, in the government school where I was once a student some 20-odd years ago. Every year I take my grade sevens to a school-owned camping ground two hours outside ...
The Comfort of Things Past

The Comfort of Things Past

Meg Foster
I remember my first encounter with history well. I was young. I can’t quite recall my age, but I was young enough to believe myself old for having such grown up things as a white-and-pink Spice Girls backpack and matching T-shirt. Frilly ...
The Argonautica I Am Re-Envisaging and Will Eventually Try to Forget, as I Should?

The Argonautica I Am Re-Envisaging and Will Eventually Try to Forget, as I Should?

John Kinsella
Orpheus’s Post-Creation Song Out of the elemental fusion and the interregnum and awkward words that don’t fit the metre though a lyre bronzes things in the manner of Schumann’s piano hand-stretching box— reaching notes beyond the span of earth sea ...
A Miracle Corrupted: The Downfall of an Unloved Prime Minister

A Miracle Corrupted: The Downfall of an Unloved Prime Minister

Ben Eltham
The final week of federal parliament for 2022 was notable for a number of things. With the assistance of crossbenchers, Labor was able to pass its industrial relations and anti-corruption reforms, two of the key planks of its first-term legislative ...
Slaughterhouse Six

Slaughterhouse Six

Haydn Spurrell
There is a website that records slaughtered animals on a live tally. Across the top of the page, just below the menu, it reads ‘2023 Australia Animal Kill Clock’. Below that, a calculator that runs up, hundreds of deaths by ...
Adam and ADAM

Adam and ADAM

Erin Vincent
The painter constructs, the photographer discloses. —Susan Sontag Weeks after he died I drove past his house and there it was, a sad taxidermied skin hanging over the lip of a skip. Stretched flat like one of his canvases. Stiff, ...
The Promise of a Real Job

The Promise of a Real Job

Frances Egan
Bachelor of Physiotherapy 2005–09 ≈ $25,000 In my first degree, I studied the body—cold bodies with soft yellow flesh in anatomy class. I studied artificial knees flexing and extending under hospital gowns, classmates’ bodies covered neatly by T-shirt bras and Bonds ...
Art for a Climate Emergency

Art for a Climate Emergency

Lara Stevens
Hanna Cormick and The Mermaid In 2018 Australian performance artist Hanna Cormick went to see an exhibition called ‘Hyper Real’ at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. This was a particularly special outing for Cormick since, several years prior, ...
Whatever You Write, There You Are

Whatever You Write, There You Are

Lucia Osborne-Crowley
In a world that increasingly rewards certainty and punishes doubt, contemporary novels have, for me, become a much needed tonic. I’ve noticed that I—a nonfiction writer—have recently forsaken nonfiction in favour of voraciously consuming contemporary novels, and I think I’ve worked ...
Nobody Writes

Nobody Writes

Dean Biron
Dedicated to the author Maria Takolander An idea screams across the mind, lingers for an instant, dissipates. You begin a new sentence, then stop. Erase it. Check your email, the news, the weather forecast. Look out the window; at the cat ...