Welcome to the June-July double issue! Highlights this month include a major profile of internationally-acclaimed indigenous musician Gurrumul written by Felicity Plunkett as part of her Sidney Myer Fund Fellowship, and new poems by Samuel Wagan Watson and Graham Akhurst. Plus Sheila Fitzpatrick on Lenin, Neil Kaplan on genocide, Danielle Clode on nature writing, and Tony Birch’s Reading Australia essay on Thomas Keneally’s The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith. We launch a new feature called ‘Future Tense’ to highlight new and emerging writers – Ellen van Neerven is our first guest. Plus we have reviews of new fiction by Lisa Gorton, Steven Carroll, and Malcolm Knox, and Maxine Beneba Clarke is our Open Page guest.
June-July 2015, no. 372
Thomas Keneally’s novel The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1972) is based in part on historical events, particularly the crimes committed by Jimmy Governor, an Aboriginal man ... More