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December publications

The Penguin Books anthology, Fire, Flood, Plague, edited by Sophie Cunningham, is out in the world today. It’s a fantastic collection of reflections on the year that has been, and I’m thrilled to be there among some of my favourite writers and thinkers. My essay, Trouble Breathing, was also published in the Guardian in October.

Fire Flood Plague book cover image

Another all-star cast is featured in the new issue of Meanjin, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this month! I uploaded myself to the cloud for this issue, which has taken ‘the next 80 years’ as its theme. I love that editor Jonathan Green filed this piece, Archive Ethics, under ‘memoir’.

Screenshot of Archive Ethics title, from Meanjin online

This makes (I think) twelve issues of Meanjin in which my fiction or essays have been published over the last eleven years – quite a long term relationship by now. Wishing the journal and the people who make it all the best for the future (real and imagined, of course).

A welcome addition to the neighbourhood of short fiction, The Saturday Paper started publishing short stories regularly in 2020 along with poetry – with the recent addition of gun culture editor Alison Croggon, I’m certain it will be a place to find great writing from new and established practitioners of the form. My second story to appear in those pages, The call, is a sort of science fiction parable; cli-fi, if you will…

Screenshot of The call title and first sentences, from The Saturday Paper online