Fellowship Essays

'Beyond Songlines' by Philip Jones

Philip Jones

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Bruce Chatwin’s The Songlines, one of the most influential books about Australia to reach an international a More

'How do we live with ourselves? The Australian national conscience' by Alan Atkinson

Alan Atkinson

When Australian federation was being planned and its implications first worked through, various men and women with agendas of their own set themselves ...

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Episode #3: Ashley Hay reads 'The Forest at the Edge of Time'

In 2015, ABR published Ashley Hay's Dahl Trust Fellowship essay, titled 'More

#2: James McNamara reads 'The Golden Age of Television'

In 2015 we published James McNamara's Ian Potter Foundation Fellowship essay 'The Golden Age of Television', that considers the ascendancy of television drama and its cultural significance More

'The Forest at the Edge of Time' by Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay

Let’s begin, somewhere around 4,500 bce, in a small patch of soil on the south-west coast of Western Australia. An ovule and some pollen combine on the crest of a ridge overlooking the sea, and a plant begins to grow. It’s a little thing with juvenile leaves which will become a faint ... More

'The scientist of his own experience: A Profile of Gerald Murnane' by Shannon Burns

Shannon Burns

The town of Goroke (population six hundred) stands almost exactly between Melbourne and Adelaide, in the Wimmera region of Victoria. It is, in many ways, a typical small country town. If you drive there in the morning during late spring or early summer, you’ll need to slow the car to avoid kangaroos on the road. Magpies are everywhere. Horses and other livestock m ... More

'Sound Bridges: A Profile of Gurrumul' by Felicity Plunkett

Felicity Plunkett
In April 2011 the Australian edition of Rolling Stone featured a cover photo of Yolngu multi-instrumentalist and singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu ... More

'The Golden Age of Television?' by James McNamara

James McNamara

In 2013, US Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich asked Australians to stop pirating Game of Thrones. A single episode of HBO’s gritty fantasy drama had been illegally downloaded over four million times, equalling the legitimate viewership of the program. ‘As the Ambassador here in Australia,’ Mr Bleich wrote, ‘it was especially troubling to find out that Austral ... More

Danielle Clode: 'Seeing the wood for the trees'

Danielle Clode

Many years ago, after working for a while in Europe, we returned to Australia via America. We picked up a car in Atlanta and drove through sprawling cities, alarming slums, and abandoned downtowns. Across Mississippi and the broad, reassuring openness of Texas, to Arizona and the Grand Canyon, we passed through the alien electrics of Las Vegas, down into Death Valle ... More

Patrick White: A theatre of his own

Andrew Fuhrmann

Andrew Fuhrmann’s acclaimed Fellowship essay on the theatre of Patrick White closely examines these brilliant, problematic plays and draws on interview material with key directors closely associated with White.

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