September 2016, issue no. 384

The highlight of the September issue is distinguished historian Alan Atkinson's searching and timely RAFT Fellowship essay on the Australian national conscience. Other highlights include Glyn Davis on Britain's Europe from birth to Brexit, Beejay Silcox's fly-on-the-wall account of a Donald Trump Rally, Bernadette Brennan on the works of Kim Scott, Simon Caterson on Brett Whiteley, Joy Damousi on the Armenian Genocide, and a poem from New Zealand's poet Laureate Bill Manhire. We review fiction by authors including Steven Amsterdam, Nick Earls, Tara June Winch, Howard Jacobson, and Anna Spargo-Ryan. Michael Shmith interviews Brett Dean for Green Room, and author Fiona Wright is our Open Page guest.

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Shannon Burns reviews 'Dying in the First Person' by Nike Sulway

Shannon Burns

During boyhood, Samuel and his twin brother, Morgan, invent and in a sense inhabit a world and language called 'Nahum'. Years later – after a family tragedy ...

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Dennis Haskell reviews 'Dawn the Proof' by Tony Page, 'Headwaters' by Anthony Lawrence, and 'Gods and Uncles' by Geoff Page

Dennis Haskell

The last two lines of Tony Page's Dawn the Proof (Hybrid Publishers, $25 pb, 87 pp, 9781925272239) ask 'how to seize / the grains of now'. One of Page's (implicit) ...

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Bernadette Brennan reviews 'A Companion to the Works of Kim Scott' edited by Belinda Wheeler

Bernadette Brennan

In 2004 Kim Scott delivered the prestigious Herbert Blaiklock Memorial Lecture to a predominantly academic audience at the University of Sydney. Provocatively, he began ...

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Robin Gerster reviews 'Our Man Elsewhere: In search of Alan Moorehead' by Thornton McCamish

Robin Gerster

You have to admire the professional writer who describes the chore of churning out the daily ration of words as 'like straining shit through a sock', ...

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