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Griffith Review 63

Griffith Review 63: Writing the Country

Griffith Review, Book Sixty-three

Ashley Hay and Julianne Schultz

Place. Land. Country. Home. These words frame the settings of our stories. In 2019, Griffith Review 63: Writing the Country focuses on Australia’s vast raft of environments to investigate how these places are changing and what they might become; what is flourishing and what is at risk.

The environmental vocabulary of our times requires dramatic terms: extinctions and endings; tipping points and collapses; bottlenecks and cascade effects. In recent years the genre applied to stories of place has morphed from ‘nature writing’ through ‘new nature writing’ to ‘post-nature writing’, and the relationship between people and their environment has shifted from one of innocence to one of anxiety.

Is this simply an urban age? Or is it fundamentally different? Is this the anthropocene, capitalocene, eramocene, homogenocene? And is it still possible to dream of ecotopias somewhere further down the track?

Whatever the labels or language, how we speak of and to the world we live in requires us to make sense of where we are and where we’re going, describing, interrogating and analysing from the smallest to the grandest of scales.

In the second issue of Griffith Review, published in 2004, Melissa Lucashenko wrote of ‘earthspeaking, talking about this place, my home’. All these years later, the need to hear all sorts of earthspeak has perhaps never been more urgent.

About the Authors

Ashley Hay is a former literary editor of the Bulletin and a longstanding contributor to Griffith Review. She is a prize-winning author who has published three novels and four books of narrative non-fiction. Her work has won several awards, including the 2013 Colin Roderick Prize and the People’s Choice Award in the 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary...

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Julianne Schultz

Julianne Schultz AM FAHA is the founding editor of Griffith Review, the award-winning literary and public affairs quarterly journal.

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Extent:
264pp
Format:
Paperback
Text publication date:
5 February 2019
ISBN:
9781925773408
AU Price:
$27.99
NZ Price:
$35.00
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andGriffith Review 63

‘For intelligent, well-written quarterly commentary…Griffith Review remains the gold standard.’

Griffith Review is the leading Australian literary forum for current affairs, culture and ideas.’

‘Over the years, it is the emphasis on reportage that has made Griffith Review so consistently interesting and worth reading. Its regular dispatches from people working in the community—whether teachers, doctors, social workers or whoever—have given it the kind of lived-in vitality that few other publications can offer.’

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