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'Long live independent publishing' - ABR at 300

Peter Rose et al.
Thursday, 29 March 2018
Most editors look forwards, not back. We have to: there are pages to fill, readers to court, deadlines to meet. But publication of a 300th issue of a literary review invites retrospection, if not undue nostalgia... ... (read more)

'Littoral Truth: Peter Porter (1929-2010)' by Peter Steele

Peter Steele
Wednesday, 26 July 2017

In an essay on the poetry of George Crabbe, Peter Porter wrote, ‘It is a great pleasure to me, a man for the littoral any day, to read Crabbe’s description of the East Anglian coast.’ Happily, there is by now a substantial and various array of writings about Porter’s work, and I would like simply to add that his being, metaphorically, ‘a man for the littor ...

Brian Matthews reviews 'The Tournament' by John Clarke

Brian Matthews
Friday, 28 April 2017

Paris has gone crazy.’ There are people everywhere; ‘players and officials have been arriving like migrating birds’. The German team – including Hermann Hesse, Bertolt Brecht, Walter Gropius,Thomas Mann, Martin Heidegger ...

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J.M. Coetzee reviews 'The Modernist Papers' by Frederic Jameson

J.M. Coetzee
Thursday, 18 February 2016

Though by profession a scholar of literature with a specialism in French literature, Fredric Jameson (born 1934) has made his mark as a cultural historian and even as what used to be called an historian of ideas. His chef d'oeuvre, Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1991), provides one of the more persuasive cognitive maps we have of ...

Open Page with Michelle de Kretser

Wednesday, 05 August 2015

Why do you write?

It’s an excuse to hang around books, which is all I’ve done, one way or another, over the course of my career.

Are you a vivid dre ...

Patrick Allington reviews 'That Deadman Dance' by Kim Scott

Patrick Allington
Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Kim Scott noted in 2001 that the biographical notes accompanying his first two novels (True Country, 1993, and Benang: From the Heart, 1999) changed ...

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Open Page with Thomas Keneally

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Why do you write?

It is often a transcendent experience of the kind all humans seek. Suffering is just part of the equation, but so is the intoxicatingly joyous feeling at the end of a day’s writing.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

Some n ...

Open Page with Alex Miller

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Why do you write?

Writing interests me as nothing else does. It keeps me more or less sane until lunchtime.

Are you a vivid dreamer?

‘Everyone I talk to remembers Tirra Lirra by the River as a wonderful book, sometimes even as a life-changing one. But why don’t we hear anything about it today?’ This was a young journalist who ... ... (read more)

2008 Calibre Prize (Winner): 'A Storm and a Teacup'

Mark Tredinnick
Thursday, 08 January 2015

During a lull in the fiercest weather event the south-east of the continent has seen in thirty years – we call them ‘events’ these days, as though someone’s putting them on – I went out on a Sunday morning and bought myself a book.

I should tell you that we live on an acre in the country one hundred and t ...