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Vantage points, vanishing points

I came to the end of 2015 feeling a little disappointed. I was angered by the Australian government’s attacks on the arts, annoyed with some of the institutions I’ve been dealing with over the last couple of years, and frustrated with the cloud of misapprehension that seemed to hover over my writing. Two ironies: that […]

Free the arts!

The present Australian Arts Minister and A-G George Brandis wants to take a big chunk of $ from the peer-reviewed, democratically accountable national body the Australia Council and use it for his own personal “excellence” [read:slush] fund. This is the same guy who gave $275000 cash to Melba Records last year without any competitive peer […]

The lost

I wrote about extinction grief for Overland journal: In Hobart last week for the Emerging Writers Festival, I went to pay my respects to one of my favourite tape loops: the video of the last thylacine in captivity, which is on permanent display in the new thylacine room. You can watch it on YouTube, courtesy […]

The Horse has Landed

Home at last after a month on the road, to unwrap this beautiful creature: and now I understand why everyone keeps telling me how much they love the cover. I’ve stolen today’s post title from the note attached by my wonderful editor at UQP, Rebecca Roberts, who wrapped this book so carefully it was like […]