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Exclusive FREE ebook plus two major events coming up!

Here at Griffith Review, we are continuing to imagine what our global future might look like fifty years from now. With the election campaign underway, the time for real solutions is now and this will become more important than ever as Australians head to the polls on 2 July.
Griffith Review 52: Imagining the Future continues to garner praise in the media. The Weekend West Australian praises our 'usual dynamic blend' but adds 'this is something different: an attempt to interrogate an under-examined past, grapple with a confronting present and offer a road map to an uncertain future.' Public Service News applauds our 'detailed, on-the-ground reporting.' 
But, as you will discover when you download our exclusive FREE ebook featuring essays from Samuel Alexander and Bronwyn Adcock (released today), there are those out there who don't just dare to dream it – they go out and do it. We also add to our online content for Griffith Review 52: Imagining the Future with a new essay from Nick Gadd, 'A landscape of stories.' See below for further details.
The Griffith Review 54: Earthly Delights – The Novella Project IV is well and truly on its way. This year we received more than 170 entries to our novella competition, and our judges are eagerly reading as we speak.
And finally, we have two major events coming up in June – in Canberra on Thursday 9 June and Sydney on Tuesday 14 June. See below for more details.

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Exclusive ITF ebook release

Having mapped out the possibilities for future pathways in Griffith Review52: Imagining the Future, our exclusive ebook 'Notes from the frontier' presents two accounts from writers who haven’t simply thought about new horizons, they’ve gone out to put their hopes into action. While Samuel Alexander recounts his experiences of creating and maintaining a sustainable eco-village in country Victoria, Bronwyn Adcock reflects on her transition to a life off the grid.

Nick Gadd online essay

To accompany Griffith Review 52: Imagining the Future, we publish Nick Gadd’s award-winning essay ‘A landscape of stories’ online. After twenty years in Melbourne’s inner-west suburbs, Nick began to walk and document the urban environment that, for so many us, exists in the shadow of our everyday sight. He maps the way forgotten topographies and the decaying traces of abandoned buildings weave a ghostly web of stories that point to an enduring legacy among the overlooked hinterlands of the urban landscape.

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The Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers remains open until 10 July. The AAWP/Ubud Writers and Readers Festival Emerging Writers' Prize for short stories and poetry has extended its deadline and will now remain open until 30 June. Submissions for Chapter One, the AAWP publishing pathway for emerging writers closes on 30 July. The Kate Challis RAKA Award is open to writers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent until 24 June. The Peter Blazey Fellowship for writers of non-fiction, supported by the Australian Centre, is open until 15th July. 

Contributor news

Bruce Pascoe, Ellen van Neerven and Alice Pung have all come away from the NSW Premier's Literary Awards with prizes this year - Pascoe winning the Book of the Year prize for his Dark Emu, and Pung the Ethel Turner prize for Young Adult's Literature for Laurinda. Pascoe and van Neerven (for Heat and Light) share the Indigenous Writers prize as joint winners.


Cory Taylor

Frequent Griffith Review contributor Cory Taylor was first diagnosed with melanoma back in 2005. She has had a long time now to think about her imminent death. Recently, Cory took part in two events, most likely her last, at Brisbane's Avid Reader and the Sydney Writers Festival. If you were unable to be at those very special events, listen to Cory reflect on why we don't talk about death more and what she learned from deaths of her own parents in this candid interview with Phillip Adams on RN's Late Night Live. If you would like to read back through Cory's contributions to Griffith Review, you will find them all on our website.


Thanks to Text Publishing, we have two copies of Cory Taylor's powerful final book Dying: A Memoir. If you would like to win a copy, email us with the title of the first of Cory's many contributions to Griffith Review.


Thursday 9 June, 6.00 pm • Imagining the Future at National Library of Australia, Canberra
Join Julianne Schultz, Brendan Gleeson, Jane Gleeson-White and Libby Robin as they discuss the importance of getting the language and framing of policy-making in the correct terms to ensure that opportunities for innovation are realised and the future does not repeat the past. 
Free event, no bookings required.

Tuesday 14 June, 6.00 pm • Sydney Ideas presents Imagining the Future, Sydney
Featuring Julianne Schultz, Kathy Marks, Tony Davis, Paul Daley and Thomas Maschmeyer. This panel will report from the frontline of innovation, drawing on extensive research into renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, and the transformation of the bush thanks to automation and science.
Free event, online registration required.


Griffith Review events

Packed crowd at Fixing the System panel at Sydney Writers Festival, featuring (L-R) Anne Tiernan, Andrew Fowler, Peter van Onselen and Julianne Schultz.

Griffith Review 52: Imagining the Future launched in Brisbane at Avid Reader by Sallyanne Atkinson with (L-R) Paul Burton, Ashley Hay, Antony Funnell and Associate Publisher Luke Stegemann.



Longlisted for the 2016 Miles Franklin Award, Tony Birch's novel Ghost River is based upon a short story originally published in Griffith Review. Thanks to UQP, we have two copies of Ghost River to give away to our subscribers this month. Email us with the title of Tony's contribution to our most recent edition, Griffith Review 52: Imagining the Future.


Contributor Elspeth Muir's first book, Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and Death in Brisbane started life as an essay in Griffith Review 36: What is Australia For? It is 'a sobering, heartbreaking exploration of what alcohol gives to young people in Australia, and what it robs us of,’ writes critic Liam Pieper.  Thanks to Text Publishing, we have two copies of Wasted to give away to subscribers. To win, email us with the title of Espeth's essay.
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