Michael Winkler

Michael Winkler lives in Melbourne. His most recent book is Grimmish (Puncher & Wattmann). He was the winner of the 2016 Calibre Essay Prize. 

Michael Winkler reviews 'Position Doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories' by Kim Mahood

September 2016, no. 384 22 August 2016
Michael Winkler reviews 'Position Doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories' by Kim Mahood
At the bottom of one of Kim Mahood's desert watercolours, she scrawled, 'In the gap between two ways of seeing, the risk is that you see nothing clearly.' A risk for some, but not Mahood. Her work as a visual artist and writer attests to an eye that is unfailing and a lifetime of looking. The subtle gradations and veristic detail of Position Doubtful attest to sustained attentive observation. ... (read more)

2016 Calibre Essay Prize (Winner): 'The Great Red Whale'

June–July 2016, no. 382 23 May 2016
The history of my onomastic apprehension and misapprehension about the big thing in the middle of Australia: It is called Ayers Rock. No, it is Uluru. I am pronouncing Uluru incorrectly. It is wrong to use the name Uluru. It's not even called Uluru anyway. I do not know what to call it. Which is also my own progression, in microcosm: initial awareness; learning; evaluation and relearning; doubt a ... (read more)
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