Bronwyn Lea

Bronwyn Lea

Bronwyn Lea was born in Tasmania and grew up in Queensland and Papua New Guinea. She is the author of Flight Animals (UQP, 2001), winner of the Wesley Michel Wright Prize and the FAW Anne Elder Award, and The Other Way Out (Giramondo, 2008), which won the WA Premier’s Book Award for Poetry and the SA Premier’s John Bray Poetry Prize. Her most recent collection is The Deep North: Selected poems (George Braziller, 2013). She teaches creative writing at the University of Queensland and is poetry editor for Meanjin.

Bronwyn Lea reviews 'Here Until August: Stories' by Josephine Rowe and 'This Taste for Silence: Stories' by Amanda O’Callaghan

September 2019, no. 414 27 August 2019
Bronwyn Lea reviews 'Here Until August: Stories' by Josephine Rowe and 'This Taste for Silence: Stories' by Amanda O’Callaghan
The inciting incident in Josephine Rowe’s short story ‘Glisk’ (winner of the 2016 Jolley Prize) unpacks in an instant. A dog emerges from the scrub and a ute veers into oncoming traffic. A sedan carrying a mother and two kids swerves into the safety barrier, corroded by the salt air, and disappears over a sandstone bluff. Three-quarters of a family are erased. And it all happens ‘in a glis ... (read more)

'Lost World Sonnets', a new poem by Bronwyn Lea

April 2019, no. 410 26 March 2019
'Lost World Sonnets', a new poem by Bronwyn Lea
1 In my mind he is always half the ageI am now as he stands on a green shelfof Razorback mountain. I will waitfor him forever in the backseat of a car,my chin numbing on the window ledgeas I study his black hair shufflingthe void between earth and dark sky.My eyes walk him back from the edge.What does he know of life which as yetis still a question. His wife at homebreastfeeding and reading indus ... (read more)

Bronwyn Lea reviews 'Islands' by Peggy Frew

April 2019, no. 410 25 March 2019
Bronwyn Lea reviews 'Islands' by Peggy Frew
According to the AFP, two Australians under the age of eighteen are reported missing every hour. Most are found alive, fairly quickly, but an unlucky few will progress to the category of long-term missing persons. From the Beaumont children of the 1960s to the more recent disappearance of toddler William Tyrrell, vanishing children have long troubled the Australian imagination. But the nightmare f ... (read more)

Death of a Salesman (Queensland Theatre)

ABR Arts 18 February 2019
Death of a Salesman (Queensland Theatre)
Seventy years ago, on 10 February 1949, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman premièred on Broadway to rapturous acclaim. Miller’s intention in writing the play, he recalls in his autobiography, Timebends (1987), was not to put ‘a timebomb under capitalism’ – as one outraged woman accused on opening night – but rather to expose a ‘pseudo life that thought to touch the clouds by standi ... (read more)

Scenes from a Marriage (Queensland Theatre)

ABR Arts 20 November 2017
Scenes from a Marriage (Queensland Theatre)
Famous couples from literature – from Romeo and Juliet to Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy – have enacted storylines built around rituals of courtship and the obstacles they face on the way to marrying. While the ‘marriage plot’ has never gone out of fashion – kept alive, in good part, by Hollywood’s penchant for the rom-com – changing times have led to the emergence of the ‘divorce pl ... (read more)

Noises Off (Queensland Theatre and Melbourne Theatre Company)

ABR Arts 13 June 2017
Noises Off (Queensland Theatre and Melbourne Theatre Company)
If you’ve done your homework and you think the answer to the ‘ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything’ is 42, you’d be wrong. You’ve read the wrong book. The actual meaning of life is not to be found in Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy but in Michael Frayn’s farcical masterpiece, Noises Off: sardines. The answer is always sardines. Or so thinks ... (read more)

'Zeitgeist' by Bronwyn Lea

May 2017, no. 391 28 April 2017
We admire it because it disdains to destroy us:beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror Chagall’s falling man, a grandfather clock, a yellowcow with a blue violin populate an allegory of terror ... (read more)

Bronwyn Lea reviews 'Six Different Windows' by Paul Hetherington

September 2013, no. 354 28 August 2013
Bronwyn Lea reviews 'Six Different Windows' by Paul Hetherington
Seen through one window, Paul Hetherington’s Six Different Windows appears to be a collection of poems concerned with the death of art. Such a theme is perhaps not surprising given that Hetherington, in addition to his seven books of poems, edited three volumes of Donald Friend’s diaries for the National Library of Australia, the last of which was shortlisted for a Manning Clark House National ... (read more)

Bronwyn Lea reviews 'Burial Rites' by Hannah Kent

May 2013, no. 351 28 April 2013
Bronwyn Lea reviews 'Burial Rites' by Hannah Kent
A novel that can be summarised in a single, captivating sentence is a publisher’s dream. Not that ease of marketing is a reliable measure of excellence. Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (1927), for instance – which could be described as ‘the story of a mother who dies before taking her son to visit a lighthouse, and later a woman completes a painting’ – achieved classic status despit ... (read more)

Bronwyn Lea reviews 'Walking Home' by Simon Armitage

February 2013, no. 348 28 January 2013
Bronwyn Lea reviews 'Walking Home' by Simon Armitage
W ordsworth – poet–walker par excellence – had the best legs in the business. As his friend Thomas de Quincy noted: ‘Undoubtedly they had been serviceable legs beyond the average standard of requisition. For I calculate, upon good data, that with these identical legs Wordsworth must have traversed a distance of 185,000 English miles.’ In contrast, Simon Armitage’s legs, by his own admi ... (read more)
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