March 2019, issue no. 409

The ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is open!
$12,500 in prizes • Closes 15 April 2019
The Gendered Brain
Gina Rippon unpacks the myth of the female brain
Tyrant: Shakespeare on Power
Greenblatt on Shakespeare's relevance for today's politics
Call Them by Their True Names
Rebecca Solnit's new collections of essays on America
Behrouz Boochani, 'Flight from Manus'
A new poem by Behrouz Boochani
2019 Peter Porter Poetry Prize Shortlist
Have a read of the shortlisted poets and their poems

Welcome to the March issue of ABR!
Highlights include:

A new poem by Behrouz Boochani
'Flight from Manus', a new poem from the detained Kurdish-Iranian refugee and award-winning author Behrouz Boochani

The 2019 Peter Porter Poetry Prize shortlist
The shortlisted poems and poets

Review of the Month
Ian Tyrrell on Progressive New World by Marilyn Lake

Dominic Kelly on Melbourne University Press
Dominic Kelly on non-fiction publishing

Susan Sheridan on a memoir of Kenneth Cook
Jacqueline Kent's memoir of the Wake in Fright author

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