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Nostalgia for a Working Class

Nostalgia for a Working Class

Jeff Sparrow
Recently I chaired a session at the Adelaide Writers Centre, an event entitled ‘The Supremacy of Class’ at which Rick Morton and Sarah Smarsh discussed their books One Hundred Years of Dirt and Heartland. Adelaide gives a good festival, with the outdoor setting adding a certain informality to proceedings, a nice antidote to bookish pomposity. A huge audience listened intently, both panellists spoke wittily and well, and the session proceeded as successfully as anyone might ...
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And Still the Birds Sing

And Still the Birds Sing

Karen Wyld
As some recently published works have shown, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers are continuing to embrace fiction-writing as a vessel for speaking truth to power. Constantly branching out into new genres—experimenting, fusing, transforming—there’s a noticeable increase in First Peoples speculative fiction being published in Australia. With each line across the page, the colonial grip on the continent loosens. Fingers unclasp, story by story. Not all of these stories are from deep time—some are reimagined or ...
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The Forming of Our Modern Notions

The Forming of Our Modern Notions

Ruby Hamad
When reports emerged late last year that thousands of migrant children were being forcibly separated from their parents at the United States–Mexico border and placed into state care, much of America (and beyond) reacted with shock. ‘I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries,’ wrote former first lady and wife of Republican president George W. Bush, in the Washington Post, ‘but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks ...
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Wings of Hope

Wings of Hope

Alison Croggon
Living in the twenty-first century often seems like a state of dissociated anxiety, as if existence is reduced to a live feed of the apocalypse, as if we’re in one of those nineties disaster movies in which TV screens in the background scream out headlines: ‘Asteroid nears Earth’. Except that the headlines are real. In the age of the Anthropocene, climate change is only one of many interlinked catastrophes overtaking the planet. We face a cascade ...
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