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The charismatic, enigmatic Australian writer Charmian Clift

Tanya Dalziell, The University of Western Australia and Paul Genoni, Curtin University The centenary of the birth of Charmian Clift took place on August 30. It came at a time when the renowned Australian writer is, as they say, having… Continue Reading →

Vale John Tranter: Australian Poet, Editor, Publisher and Anthologist

Aidan Coleman, Southern Cross University Perhaps more than any Australian poet of the 20th Century, John Tranter, who died last Friday at the age of 79, was guided by a relentless desire to experiment. His earliest admiration was for the… Continue Reading →

‘The Red Witch’: how communist writer, intellectual and activist Katharine Susannah Prichard helped shape Australia

David Carter, The University of Queensland Nathan Hobby’s The Red Witch: A Biography of Katharine Susannah Prichard takes on the challenging task of sorting out the complicated details of Prichard’s life as a child, sibling, governess, teacher, friend, lover, wife,… Continue Reading →

Ten ‘Lost’ Australian Literary Treasures. The Best of 2021.

By Rebecca Giblin and Airlie Lawson, University of Melbourne Many culturally important books by Australian authors are out of print, hard to find as secondhand copies, and confined to the physical shelves of a limited number of libraries. Effectively, they… Continue Reading →

The Yield

By Tara June Winch One I was born on Ngurambang – can you hear it? – Ngu–ram–bang. If you say it right it hits the back of your mouth and you should taste blood in your words. Every person around should learn the word… Continue Reading →

Benevolence: An Interview with Julie Janson

The Darug people are an Aboriginal Australian people who survived as hunters in family groups or clans, scattered throughout much of what is modern-day Sydney. For one of the first if not the only times Benevolence presents an important era in Australia’s history from an… Continue Reading →

Kylie Tennant’s Hut: Bushfires Destroyed the Writing Retreat of an Aussie Literary Icon

By Brigid Magner, RMIT University The Black Summer bushfires may have ended, but the cultural cost has yet to be counted. Thousands of Aboriginal sites were likely destroyed in the 2019 bushfires. But at present, there is no clarity about… Continue Reading →

Richard Flanagan’s The Living Sea of Waking Dreams

Tony Hughes-d’Aeth, University of Western Australia Review: Richard Flanagan, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams (Penguin Random House, 2020) The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, Richard Flanagan’s eighth novel, is one of a slew of novels one expects to emerge… Continue Reading →

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