Kate McFadyen reviews Carpentaria by Alexis Wright

Kate McFadyen
20 June 2019

There is a mesmerising scene in Carpentaria when Joseph Midnight is asked if he has seen the fugitive Will Phantom, a young local Aboriginal man who is single-handedly waging a gu More

Lisa Gorton reviews 'Friendly Fire' by Jennifer Maiden

Lisa Gorton
03 June 2019

When John Tranter reviewed Jennifer Maiden’s first collection, Tactics (1974), he noted its ‘brilliant yet difficult imagery’ and a style ‘so idiosyncratic and forceful in More

Judith Bishop reviews Crow College: New and selected poems by Emma Lew

Judith Bishop
15 April 2019

Original voices are always slippery to describe. The familiar weighing mechanism More

Geoff Page reviews Green Shadows and Other Poems by Gerald Murnane

Geoff Page
25 February 2019

There has been a long and often troubled history of poets writing novels and novelists writing poetry. The skills needed are very different and equally hard to learn. Few writers have made More

Alice Whitmore reviews 'Melodrome' by Marcelo Cohen

Alice Whitmore
26 October 2018

‘I didn’t realise I was becoming untranslatable,’ Marcelo Cohen confessed after the publication of his eleventh novel, in an interview with Argentine newspaper Clarín. ‘A More

Peter Kenneally reviews 'Ephemeral Waters' by Kate Middleton

Peter Kenneally
28 November 2013

‘As if cuffed by the ear, the Colorado river pulled me onward.’ The current that seized Kate Middleton can be felt throughout Ephemeral Waters, as she takes us from More

Jen Webb reviews 'The Swan Book' by Alexis Wright

Jen Webb
21 August 2013

‘Without an indigenous literature, people can remain alien in their own soil,’ wrote Miles Franklin, initiator of an Australian literary prize that has been awarded to just two Aboriginal writers: Kim Scott for Benang in 2000 and That Deadman Dance in 2011; and Alexis Wright for Carpentaria in 2007. Franklin, of course, didn’t mean I ... More

Cassandra Atherton reviews 'Hotel Hyperion' by Lisa Gorton

Cassandra Atherton
27 April 2013

The camera ottica in the epigraph to Hotel Hyperion alludes to Lisa Gorton’s artful play with shifting perspectives in this luminescent collection of poetry. The reader is invited More

Kate Middleton reviews 'Liquid Nitrogen' by Jennifer Maiden

Kate Middleton
28 January 2013

Jennifer Maiden has for a long time been one of Australia’s most politically engaged poets, a commentator on the local scene and the international set alike. With her new volume, Liqu More

Peter Kenneally reviews 'Prepare the Cabin for Landing' by Alan Wearne

Peter Kenneally
26 January 2013

In Alan Wearne’s new collection, his not-quite-self-appointed role as chronicler of Australian mora et tempores continues, more overtly than before. Prepare the Cabin for Landi More

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