Welcome to the August Fiction issue of ABR! Highlights include:
• Review of the Month: Marilyn Lake reviews Peter Cochrane’s Best We Forget
• ABR Fortieth Birthday Fellow Beejay Silcox on MFA culture
• The 2018 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize shortlist
• Historian Alan Atkinson on The Sydney Wars by Stephen Gapps
• Jen Webb on Ryan O’Neill’s new satire The Drover’s Wives
• Shannon Burns on Sam Twyford-Moore’s memoir The Rapids
• Dorothy Driver on Sisonke Msimang’s memoir Always Another Country
• Interviews with legendary Australian publisher Carmen Callil, and author Rose Tremain
August 2018, no. 403
‘Creative writing is, in sum, as American as baseball, apple pie and homicide.’
Mark McGurl, The Program Era (2009)
My rejection from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop arrived by mail. Iowa was steadfastly old-fashioned: there were no ...
In pondering the construction of public memory in Ireland, the eminent American historian Richard White insisted on the demythologising work of history as a discipline: ‘History is the enemy of memory. The two stalk each other across the fields of the past, claiming the same terrain. History forges weapons from what memory has forgotten or suppressed.’ In Best We Forget: The war for white Australia, 1914–18 ...
The Uluru Statement from the Heart, in May 2017, might not have had much resonance with the federal government. However, it coincides with a new phase of writing and research that helps to round out its long-term significance and impact. Mark McKenna has expanded on the importance of ...