Richard Flanagan: ‘Our politics is a dreadful black comedy’ – press club speech in full

(Richard Flanagan, National Press Club address) Indigenous Australia has, after great thought and wide discussion, asked that it be heard, and that this take the form of an advisory body to parliament – a body that would be recognised in the constitution. Indigenous Australia wasn’t even recorded as a general… Continue reading

Strong ‘words’

In Geneva, the UN children’s fund issued a blank “statement” to express its outrage at the casualties among Syrian children, saying it had run out of words. Kareem Shaheen, The Guardian, 20th Feb 2018, reporting on continued fighting in eastern Ghouta, Syria

Varuna Publisher Introduction Program 2018 – Shortlist Announced

[5th Feb 2018] – Varuna announces its Publisher Introduction Program for 2018 Varuna is pleased to announce the shortlist for the Publisher Introduction Program (PIP 2018). This year we selected 25 unpublished manuscripts written by new or emerging Australian writers to send to our eight publishing partners. From these shortlisted… Continue reading

Stick in a thumb and pull out a plum: Poetry and Consumption … Plumwood Mountain Vol 5 No 1 is live

A new issue of Plumwood Mountain, self-described as ‘An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics’, is now live with 31 poems guest edited by Michael Farrell on the theme ‘Poetry and Consumption’, a bumper set of 20 book reviews, an essay on Amitav Ghosh by Jennifer Mackenzie and the section… Continue reading

Further discussion, ‘The cult of the noble amateur’ (Rebecca Watts)

Initially, Rebecca Watts, ‘The Cult of the Noble Amateur’, PN Review 239 and Hollie McNish’s response, PN Review Melanie Branton, Accessibility vs elitism The Guardian, ‘Poetry world split over polemic attacking amateur work by young female poets Responses by Don Paterson and Rebecca Watts, The BBC A Poetry Foundation response,… Continue reading