250 and all that!
Welcome to the 250th issue of ABR – or, rather, to the 250th issue of the magazine in its present guise. Some readers may be unfamiliar with the first series, which appeared between 1961 and 1973. It came out of Adelaide under the editorship of Max Harris, Rosemary Wighton and, for a time, Geoffrey Dutton. Kerryn Goldsworthy – herself an Editor for two years in the mid-1980s – writes fascinatingly about those early ABRs in her article ‘The Oily Ratbag and the Recycled Waratah’ (page 23). Like Kerryn, we celebrate the original begetters of ABR, and everyone else who has made the magazine such a success since the present series began in 1978. Independent magazines have never been more vital than now, when a remarkable (even eerie) editorial consensus obtains in the major Australian newspapers. We look forward to bringing you more cogent, questioning writing in coming years, and we trust you enjoy the 250th issue.
First of the Forums
ABR’s highly successful season of ABR Forums is underway again. The next one will take place on Tuesday, April 15, at the usual venue: fortyfivedownstairs. Our partners on this occasion will once again be Readings in Carlton and the admirable Mietta Foundation. The topic is ‘The Dark Side of Economic Reform’. Michael Pusey and Clive Hamilton – authors of two major new books, The Experience of Middle Australia (CUP) and Growth Fetish (Allen & Unwin), respectively – will be in conversation with Robert Manne, the Chair of ABR. Full details appear on page 5, and bookings are essential. Meanwhile, we look forward to announcing similar events in Adelaide and regional Victoria in coming months.
April is the cruellest month
Lunch with a Freedom Rider
At the State Library of NSW on 28 April, at 12.30 p.m., Barry Hill will discuss his book Broken Song: T.G.H. Strehlow and Aboriginal Possession. Contact the library on (02) 9273 1516 for further details and bookings.
Poets and platters
Shifting the Centre
ABR Rules OK!
One of our readers has drawn our attention to a series of graffiti that has appeared around Melbourne. This one appeared in St Kilda. ‘Advances’ neither knows how it got there nor endorses the method, but it applauds the sentiment.