August 2018, issue no. 403

Peter Porter Poetry Prize now open
Deadline for our $8,500 prize is 3 December, 2018.
2018 Jolley Prize shortlist
ABR is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2018 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize: 'Vasco' by Claire Aman; 'Between the Mountain and the Sea' by Sharmini Aphrodite; and 'Ruins' by Madelaine Lucas.
Conflict in the Early Colony
Alan Atkinson reviews 'The Sydney Wars' by Stephen Gapps
Open Page with Rose Tremain
Our guest for Open Page this issue is author and short story writer Rose Tremain.
Fields of the Past
Marilyn Lake reviews 'Best We Forget' by Peter Cochrane.
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An Open Letter on the ABC
ABR shares many Australians’ concerns about the health and viability of the ABC. The threats are myriad and sustained.
'We Are All MFAs Now!'
Beejay Silcox on the politics and polemics surrounding creative-writing MFAs

Marilyn Lake reviews 'Best We Forget: The war for white Australia, 1914–18' by Peter Cochrane

Marilyn Lake

In pondering the construction of public memory in Ireland, the eminent American historian Richard White insisted on the demythologising work of history as a discipline: ‘History is the e More

Gideon Haigh reviews 'Bullshit Jobs: A theory' by David Graeber

Gideon Haigh

Recently I solicited impressions of his job from the new head of external affairs at a big financial organisation. What had struck him first was the manpower at his disposal. The total hea More

Jolley Prize 2018 (Shortlisted): 'Vasco' by Claire Aman

Claire Aman

Before I learnt the language of map-making, the word cadastre sounded like a timbre or a cadence. It was a momentous drum, a hollow ratatat. Bone, fire, dirt, stone. Like a shout, More

Carolyn Holbrook reviews 'The Battle Within: POWs in postwar Australia' by Christina Twomey

Carolyn Holbrook

The director of the Australian War Memorial, Brendan Nelson, recently announced plans for a $500 million underground expansion of the memorial. In justifying the expenditure, Nelson claime More

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