Robert Lukins / Justine Hyde / book recommendations from 17 writers




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.






Robert Lukins

ROBERT LUKINS lives in Melbourne and has worked as an art researcher and journalist. His writing has been published widely, including in The Big Issue, Rolling Stone, Crikey, Broadsheet and Overland. His first novel, The Everlasting Sunday, was published in February 2018.

Justine Hyde

JUSTINE HYDE is Director of Library Services and Experience at the State Library Victoria, and a freelance writer and critic living in Melbourne and on Twitter @justine_hyde.












Jane Rawson / Harry Saddler / Robbie Coburn / Eloise Grills




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.



Jane Rawson

JANE RAWSON writes novels, novellas, stories and nonfiction, mostly about the environment. Her latest novel, From the Wreck, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. She is also the author of A wrong turn at the Office of Unmade Lists, a novella, Formaldehyde, and the non-fiction book with James Whitmore, The Handbook: surviving & living with climate change.

Harry Saddler

HARRY SADDLER is the author The Eastern Curlew: The Extraordinary Life of a Migratory Bird. His previous books include Not Birdwatching: Reflections on Noticing Animals. His non-fiction writing deals with the ecological, physical, and philosophical interactions between humans and animals.

Robbie Coburn

ROBBIE COBURN’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Meanjin, Westerly and Island, and his collection The Other Flesh is due to be published this year. He lives in Melbourne.

Eloise Grills

ELOISE GRILLS is an award-winning writer and artist living in Melbourne. Her illustrated chapbook, Sexy Female Murderesses, is available via Glom Press.











Amy McQuire / Joel Deane / Alice Bishop



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.



Amy McQuire

AMY MCQUIRE is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander journalist.

Joel Deane

JOEL DEANE is a poet, novelist, journalist and speechwriter. His most recent book, Year of the Wasp (Hunter, 2016) won the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and was a finalist for several other awards, including the Prime Minister’s Literary Award.

Alice Bishop

ALICE BISHOP is a writer from Christmas Hills, Victoria. Her essay ‘Coppering‘ was shortlisted for the 2017 Horne Prize. Her first book—a collection of short fiction exploring Black Saturday and its aftermath—will be published with Text in 2019.

















Alexis Wright / Raimond Gaita / Broede Carmody / Emma Marie Jones




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.



Alexis Wright

ALEXIS WRIGHT is a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Her works of fiction and non-fiction include Carpentaria, which won the 2007 Miles Franklin Award, and Tracker, which won the 2018 Stella Prize. She has been appointed as the Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne.

Raimond Gaita

RAIMOND GAITA is Professorial Fellow in The Faculty of Arts and The Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne and Professor Emeritus of Moral Philosophy at King’s College London. His books include: Romulus, My Father, A Common Humanity: Thinking About Love & Truth & Justice, The Philosopher’s Dog, After Romulus and as editor and contributor with Gerry Simpson, Who’s Afraid of International Law.

Broede Carmody

BROEDE CARMODY is a writer from north-east Victoria. He now lives in Melbourne and is a journalist for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. In 2017 his first book of poetry Flat Exit was published by Cordite Books.

Emma Marie Jones

EMMA MARIE JONES is the author of Something To Be Tiptoed Around, a work of experimental memoir shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers in 2015 and to be released by Grattan Street Press in 2018. She is a PhD candidate and teacher of Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne, and is currently working on her first novel.








Claire G. Coleman / Bill Gammage / Marcia Langton / Marjorie Main / Jennifer Mills




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.



Marcia Langton

Professor MARCIA LANGTON AM PhD Macq U, BA (Hons) ANU, FASSA, has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at The University of Melbourne since February 2000. As an anthropologist and geographer, Professor Langton has made a significant contribution to government and non-government policy as well as to Indigenous studies at three universities. In 2016 Professor Langton was honoured as a University of Melbourne Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor.

Claire G. Coleman

CLAIRE G. COLEMAN is a Wirlomin Noongar woman whose ancestral country is in the south coast of Western Australia. In 2016 she was awarded a Black&Write Indigenous Writing Fellowship for a manuscript she wrote while travelling around Australia. Her novel Terra Nullius was published in September 2017 and was shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize.

Bill Gammage

BILL GAMMAGE is an Australian academic historian, Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre of the Australian National University. His book The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia details how for over 40,000 years Indigenous people carefully shaped the land with complex systems of controlled burning.

Jennifer Mills

JENNIFER MILLS is an Australian novelist and short story writer. Her latest novel, Dyschronia, is published by Picador. She lives in South Australia.

Marjorie Main

MARJORIE MAIN is from Torbay, WA, and lives in Melbourne. In 2017 her poem ‘The Ways’ was shortlisted for the Montreal Poetry Prize; others have appeared in Westerly and Rabbit.















Michael Mohammed Ahmad / Clementine Ford / Lauren Rosewarne / Celeste Liddle / Belinda Rule



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?



Michael Mohammed Ahmad

MICHAEL MOHAMMED AHMAD is an Arab-Australian writer, editor, teacher and community arts worker. He is the founder and director of SWEATSHOP, a literacy movement in Western Sydney devoted to empowering culturally and linguistically diverse artists through creative writing. Mohammed’s essays and short stories have appeared in the Sydney Review of Books, The Guardian, Heat, Seizure, The Lifted Brow, The Australian and Coming of Age: Australian Muslim Stories.

Clementine Ford

CLEMENTINE FORD is a Melbourne-based writer, speaker and author of the best-selling book Fight Like A Girl. Her follow up, Boys Will Be Boys, will be published in October 2018.

Lauren Rosewarne

LAUREN ROSEWARNE is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of nine books and co-hosts ‘Stop Everything!’ on Radio National.

Celeste Liddle

CELESTE LIDDLE is an Arrernte woman, an opinion writer, a trade unionist and public speaker. Currently serving as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organiser of the National Tertiary Education Union, Celeste started her blog Rantings of an Aboriginal Feministin June 2012. A mere six weeks after she started it, Celeste had a piece picked up for publication by Daily Life and since then has written for a number of publications.

Belinda Rule

BELINDA RULE is a Melbourne-based writer and poet who has published extensively in Australian journals and anthologies.




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