Memoir

 

We, small heroes

We, small heroes

Micaela Sahhar
So, who is a Palestinian? A Palestinian is a person who says, I’m Palestinian. Khalas ...
Death and seahorses

Death and seahorses

Monique Choy
Performing for kids is one of the things Jewelz does for a living—another is working as a death doula ...
Data-Matching

Data-Matching

Kaitlyn Blythe
It’s winter 2016 and your year began with severe illness, an abusive relationship, moving interstate, and now deep depression in your cold new Melbourne sharehouse ...
Carmen Miranda's hat

Carmen Miranda’s hat

Clare Wright OAM
Back in the day—my day, my schoolgirl days, the 1980s—there was no such thing as Schoolies. No debauched gatherings of stupefied adolescents delirious on drugs and newly bestowed freedom, making hay for a week or two, preferably on a northern ...
Steel springs

Steel springs

Steve Dow
This much I now know, despite our family’s apparent reluctance to dwell on the loss. Early on the morning of 7 August 1915, at the Nek—a strip of ground running atop the Gallipoli hills—Private William Dow was among the first ...
Writing, method, affect and adaptation: On writing a book about the death of my mother.

Writing, method, affect and adaptation: On writing a book about the death of my mother.

Ianto Ware
‘The signature to a life requires the search for a method.’ —Adrienne Rich, 2011 After my second book came out, I was asked to do a lecture on ‘Writing as Method’. I wasn’t sure what the term meant but I ...
Lelda Sunday Reed

Lelda Sunday Reed

Maudie Palmer AO
As the inaugural director of Heide Park and Art Gallery, I knew Sunday and John Reed along with many of the artists who are now collectively called the Heide Circle. Sunday and John had lived at Heide for almost fifty ...
Thank you for screaming

Thank you for screaming

Ellena Savage
On the last day of a week’s holiday in Berlin, I took the U-Bahn to Hackescher Markt, a shopping neighbourhood in Mitte, the soulless commercial centre of the otherwise culturally verdurous city. In the tourism literature, Hackescher Markt is a kooky ...
Ways it could have gone

Ways it could have gone

Emma Ashmere
She might have said she couldn’t go. Might never have clambered into that car. What shoes was she wearing. There must have been a radio. Cigarettes. Bacardi. Joints. The smell of hair gel. Night wide open. Somebody driving them into ...
A Thought Train

A Thought Train

Anna Wommatakimmi
Maybe I’ll start playing the saxophone again. I’m on the way to the markets this morning—I am sweating in the shade. I left years ago. It’s my first full turn of the seasons on wulna and gulumoerrgin since. I am ...
Black and White and In Between

Black and White and In Between

Phillip Bell
Now that I’ve crossed the biblical finish line (three score and ten), I thought it timely to share a brief overview of my life with my family and friends. For my family, my history is your history. For my friends, ...
To Taste

To Taste

Rosa Flynn-Smith
One of my earliest memories is in the kitchen at our house in West End. I am standing on a little stool making pesto with Mum. Plucking basil leaves from their stalks with great care and munching on toddler-sized fistfuls of pine ...
Holding Black Space and the Long Shadows of Racist Texts

Holding Black Space and the Long Shadows of Racist Texts

Ali Gumillya Baker
Nana Myra would sometimes pick up little shiny tektites off the ground on the Nullarbor, and this is one of the first memories I have about beautiful Nana Myra. She could find small pieces of black space that fell through ...
Anzac Day

Anzac Day

Philip Morrissey
Note: this essay discusses Aboriginal people who are deceased I can’t remember when I became aware the late Allan Aldenhoven was an Aboriginal man, descended by his mother from the Garrwa people of the Northern Territory’s Gulf country. On the ...
My Year as a Salaried Artist

My Year as a Salaried Artist

Jennifer Mills
Late in 2021, I attended a conference in Tarntanya (Adelaide) organised by a collective of thinkers called Reset Arts and Culture. I listened particularly closely to a panel about labour and the arts that was chaired by Vitalstatistix director Emma ...