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Margaret Smith

Margaret Smith has done some script­writing for the ABC and is doing consultancy work on a feature film, as well as working on a collection of short stories with the assistance of a General Purpose Writing Grant from the Literature Board.

Margaret Smith reviews 'A House with Verandahs' by Nene Gare

May 1981, no. 30 01 May 1981
Australia in the thirties – tough, innocent, conservative and patriarchal to the ninth degree. In A House with Verandahs Nene Gare writes about men dispossessed by the Depression and who become working class casualties, unable to grasp the world outside and clinging tenaciously to the world of domesticity and the comfort of women. And, in tum, the women struggle to maintain their world and to su ... (read more)

Margaret Smith reviews 'My Bundjalung People' by Ruby Langford Ginibi

November 1994, no. 166 01 November 1994
Contemporary Aboriginal writing, like Aboriginal art, is now so diverse that is impossible to talk about any one particular style. John Muk Muk Burke, whose first novel, Bridge of Triangles, has just been published, recently told a Sydney seminar for Aboriginal writers that they were no longer writing from the viewpoint of victims. He said they were survivors rising from the ashes of the invasion ... (read more)

Margaret Smith reviews 'The Robber Bride' by Margaret Atwood

February–March 1994, no. 158 01 February 1994
Ever since the publication of Margaret Atwood’s first novels, The Edible Woman and Surfacing, she has been seized upon as a writer who articulated the predicament of being female in contemporary western societies. Her Canadian origins were no barrier for many Australian women, who read her as though she spoke with their voice. Atwood was like a ‘sister’ who didn’t fail them – someone who ... (read more)

Margaret Smith reviews 'The Story of Gallipoli' by Bill Gammage, based on the screenplay by David Williamson

June 1982, no. 41 01 June 1982
People tell you one week that they liked Gallipoli, but the next they’re not so sure. Gone are the days of intuitive gut felt reaction – everyone wants to make sure their judgements are intellectually sound. They read every ‘expert’ on the subject and come back with another opinion. Reading the script gives you another variation. The skeleton is there, warts and all. It is said that Pengu ... (read more)