Post (mortem) cards #1: Ohimè (Oh Me)

Post (mortem) cards #1: Ohimè (Oh Me)

By Chloe Wilson In Palermo, I came across a portrait of a rather unhappy-looking nun. The image was cluttered with accoutrements demonstrating her piety: a spindly bunch of white flowers, a crucifix, a crown of thorns. For all that, her expression was sullen, or...
New monthly blogger- Chloe Wilson!

New monthly blogger- Chloe Wilson!

Many thanks to Mark Steven for his posts throughout October. Our new blogger for November is Chloe Wilson. Chloe Wilson is the author of two poetry collections, The Mermaid Problem and Not Fox Nor Axe, which was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and...
Metal Gear Socialist

Metal Gear Socialist

By Mark Steven   In Lenin’s Plan for Monumental Propaganda, first announced in April 1918, we encounter a moment of direct, unmediated contact between state power and the aesthetic regime. Lenin’s objective was a public art that affirmed socialism by using the...
Rediscovering Elizabeth Harrower

Rediscovering Elizabeth Harrower

Image: Elizabeth Harrower photographed returning to Australia in 1959 on board the Southern Cross. Courtesy of Elizabeth Harrower Elizabeth Harrower’s writing has engaged and challenged her readers since she began publishing in the late 1950s. Her work is concerned...
Varuna Announces New Program of Indigenous Fellowships

Varuna Announces New Program of Indigenous Fellowships

Indigenous writers will be able to apply for new fellowships under an exciting new program developed by the National Writers’ House Varuna, Magabala Books, Sydney University and the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. “Australian Indigenous writing...
The Poetry of Reaction

The Poetry of Reaction

By Mark Steven September 1884. Battle Mountain, Queensland. 100 kilometers northeast of Mount Isa, deep in the Cloncurry Ranges. Land-owning stationmaster Alexander Kennedy and Sub Inspector Frederick Charles Urquhart lead a mounted assault against the region’s...
Call For Papers: ‘Festschrift—David Brooks’

Call For Papers: ‘Festschrift—David Brooks’

  One of Australia’s finest writers of short stories, a poet with the ability to turn plain words into indelible cerebral images, and a novelist whose cut-glass prose turns the world strange and abyssal, David Brooks’ work has been widely anthologised,...
Marxism’s Australian Origins

Marxism’s Australian Origins

By Mark Steven     Here’s my hypothesis: the Russian Revolution of 1917 is an indictment of the thing we call Australia. That sounds ludicrous, but only because it’s a statement that wants for mediation. To make good on this claim we need to establish a...
Moscow, 1917 – Sydney, 2017.

Moscow, 1917 – Sydney, 2017.

By Mark Steven October 2017. One hundred years since the Russian Revolution. This profoundly universalist event transformed global politics, it recast the twentieth century as a battle for real emancipation, and it did so with a frontal assault on capitalism and its...
New monthly blogger – Mark Steven!

New monthly blogger – Mark Steven!

A big thank-you to our last monthly blogger, Jessica White, for her insightful posts. Our blogger for October is Mark Steven. Mark Steven is a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of New South Wales. His research is focused on the narrative forms of class...
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