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Griffith Review 48: Enduring Legacies edited by Julianne Schultz and Peter Cochrane hits the shops today!

2015 is a seminal year in Australian history, marking the centenary of the Gallipoli offensive, the seventieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War in the Pacific, and the fortieth anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.
 
Political agendas require a national story that is simple, fixed and inviolable. In the next four years, more than $300 million will be spent on commemorating the Centenary of Anzac...but the increasingly politicised nature of commemorative ceremonies raises significant questions about the mythologised treatment of warfare. Modern Australia is a product of the great wars of last century. They transformed the society in ways we don’t often recognise.
 
We need to move away from celebration and commemoration of the Anzac legend. We need to reflect, not only on the actions of those wars, but on their consequences and enduring legacies. Long after the triumph and tragedy of the battlefield subsides, there persists the enduring human, political, economic and military costs of war. The battles are important, but the lessons to be learnt in their aftermath need to be interrogated to explain how we got to where we are.

Enduring Legacies draws together distinguished soldiers, military historians, academics and popular writers to challenge myths and explore the multifaceted legacies of the wars of the twentieth century, providing new insights, graphic portraits and telling analysis of their consequences.
 

A remarkable man.

Ray Parkin is one of Australia's most fondly remembered veterans of World War II. In Enduring Legacies, writer and TV personality John Clarke presents a charming account of his friend, paying tribute to his simple wisdom, creative flair and indomitable spirit.

Forgetting to remember.

The true test of democracy is what we are brave enough to remember. Celebrated historian Clare Wright reflects on the nature of historical memory: who we remember and what we choose – to our psychic and civic detriment – to forget.
The Abyssinan Contortionist

Massive half-price sale.

It's time for the Griffith Review massive sale! For four weeks only we're offering our newsletter subscribers 50 per cent off ALL Griffith Review books published before 2014! That's editions 1 to 42. Make your selection from our online store and enter SALE50 in the promocode box at the checkout.

Opportunities for writers.

Want to be published in the US? Join Simon Clews on a fully guided tour to New York City. Learn the art of pitching your writing in a commercial setting plus have the opportunity to pitch your book ideas to leading New York publishers.

Call for submissions: Fixing the system

Submissions are now open for Griffith Review 51: Fixing the system (February 2016) to be edited by Julianne Schultz and Anne Tiernan, which will examine the chorus of complaint that accompanies the political process in Australia and considers what needs to be done to revive the lucky country. Deadline for proposals is 1 May. Click here for more information.
The Abyssinan Contortionist

Giveaway.

Thanks to UWA Press, we have FIVE copies of The Abyssinian Contortionist: Hope, friendship and other circus acts by David Carlin to giveaway. The first five to email us with the name of the Griffith Review: Small World essay the book originated from will win.
The Dragon Sings

Ticket giveaway.

Thanks to Camerata of St John’s we have a DOUBLE PASS to give away to The Dragon Sings, a musical and visual meditation on the journey that is war, on 25 April at St John's Cathedral in Brisbane. The first person to email with 'Dragon Sings' in the subject will win.

Novella competition

Submissions are now open for The Novella Project III competition. Get published in Griffith Review and share in a $25K prize pool.
The Abyssinan Contortionist

Free eBooks.

Did you know that Griffith Review has free eBooks? Some add to and amplify Griffith Review editions, others are standalone pieces, and some are extraordinarly longform multimedia essays. Check them out here.
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Contributor news.

Congratulations to Favel Parrett, longlisted for the Miles Franklin Prize for When the Night Comes. Favel is also shortlisted for the Kibble Literary Award along with Sophie Cunningham. Congratulations too to Jen Mills and Jessica White, both shortlisted for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
 

Events.


Saturday 18 April • 2.00–3.00 pm • History Writers' Festival • Reader's Feast
Join Griffith Review’s editor, Julianne Schultz, as she discusses the enduring legacies of 20th century war with Jenny Hocking, Ross McMullin and Clare Wright. Book here.

Monday 20 April • 6.00–7.30 pm • Deakin Edge, Federation Square
Melbourne Conversations presents What is the future of Anzac Day? with Clare Wright, James Brown, Michael Brissenden and Carolyn Holbrook. Book here.

Wednesday 22 April • 6.00 for 6.30 • Readings Carlton
Barry Jones launches Enduring Legacies. Click here for more information.

Thursday 23 April • 6.00–7.30 pm • Sydney Ideas
In a year that marks the centenary of the battles of Gallipoli and the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II, Sydney Ideas presents a panel of contributors to Enduring Legacies. Book here.

Thursday 7 May • 6.00 pm • National Library of Australia
Join Professor Julianne Schultz, Frank Bongiorno, Tim Bonyhady, Meredith McKinney and Peter Stanley in a discussion that fleshes out the lingering human and social impact of conflict. Book here.

Thursday 21 May • 10.00–11.00 am • Sydney Writers Festival
Creating on the Periphery with Julianne Schultz, Helen Trinca, Brooke Davis and Rebecca Giggs. Book here.

Saturday 23 May • 11.30–12.30 pm • Sydney Writers Festival
Shaping Australia: How a century of war changed us with Julianne Schultz, Jenny Hocking, Stephen Garton and Tim Rowse. Book here.

View all our events.

Reading Australia.

Griffith Review has partnered with Copyright Agency to commission essays for the Reading Australia project. Each essay is written by one of Australia's most talented writers, and addresses a work of literature, theatre or film that has had, and continues to have, a significant impact on our understanding of the social and cultural identity of Australia as a nation. The essays are by turn eloquent, moving, inspiring and insightful. Read them here.

Giveaway.

Thanks to Spinfex Press we have FIVE copies of Emma Ashmere's new novel The Floating Garden to giveaway, described by Gail Jones as: 'A wise, tender and beautifully detailed novel.' The first five to email us with the name of Emma's essay published in Griffith Review: Still the Lucky Country? will win.
 

Out now.

Edited by Julianne Schultz and Peter Cochrane.
 

Coming up.

Edited by Julianne Schultz and Jane Camens.
Available 29 July.
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