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.