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Christine Piper

Christine Piper

Christine Piper is a freelance writer and editor. Her articles, reviews, and short stories have been published in various newspapers, magazines, journals, and anthologies. She was the 2013 Alice Hayes writing fellow at Ragdale in the United States. She wrote a longer version of this essay for her Doctor of Creative Arts degree at the University of Technology, Sydney, in addition to a novel, After Darkness, about Japanese civilian internment in Australia. Born in South Korea to a Japanese mother and Australian father, she moved to Australia when she was one. She has previously taught English and studied Japanese in Japan, and currently lives in New York with her husband. See:

Christine Piper reviews 'Under Stones' by Bob Franklin

April 2010, no. 320 01 April 2010
Under Stones, a collection of short stories and one poem by first-time author Bob Franklin, reads like a study in subterfuge: a teenage outcast wreaks cyber vengeance on her local Tidy Town group; a man’s online porn addiction is turned against him by a mysterious workmate; a seasoned duck hunter finds that the target has shifted without his knowledge. Yet scratch the surface and you will find t ... (read more)

2014 Calibre Prize (Winner): 'Unearthing the Past'

April 2014, no. 360 25 March 2014
On 7 July 1989 the air was thick with heat in the Toyama district of Tokyo. Tsuyu, the rainy season, had just ended, leaving the atmosphere dense. At the former government health building location, a large pit was being dug for the new National Hygiene and Disease Prevention Research Centre. The workers buzzed around the site, their foreheads glistening in the sun. The mechanical digger plunged de ... (read more)

Christine Piper reviews 'Running Dogs' by Ruby J. Murray

May 2012, no. 341 23 April 2012
How much does the average Australian know about Indonesia? Not the tourist version, with its resorts and beaches and lacklustre nasi goreng – but the wider culture, history, and people. At best, Indonesia is a tantalising enigma to most Australians. At worst, it is ignored – a vast nation about which we neither know nor care, despite its importance as one of our closest neighbours. ... (read more)