George Stubbs, ‘The Kongouro from New Holland’ (1772), oil painting, detail of head.
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Kangaroos are a national icon, but Australian authors seem determined to kill them off.
The beach is a common setting for Australian novels, which often capture its darker side.
While tourism campaigns often portray the beach as an idyllic, isolated haven, many of our beach stories depict it as a darker, more complex place. Here are ten worth reading.
Tim Winton sets his latest novel, The Shepherd’s Hut, in the salt lakes of Western Australia.
Tim Winton's latest novel, The Shepherd's Hut, pushes the author's classic themes to the extreme.
Summer afternoon, Templestowe by Louis Buvelot, 1866. The bush was commonly seen by 19th-century writers as a place of despair.
White settlers and authors once saw the bush as an alien, despairing place. But writers from Tim Winton to Rachael Treasure now portray the land in complex and optimistic ways.
A termite mound in Cape Range National Park: WA’s geography has helped shape its writers.
With its dramatic landscape, relative isolation and vibrant counter culture, Western Australia has a thriving writing scene. But government funding cuts are biting.
Magical realism has evolved into a heavily, and ironically, political literary form.
With roots in post first world war paintings of empty European cities, magical realism has evolved into a heavily, and ironically, political literary form.
Read on for some pointers … although all will be revealed next week.
When Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North was published last year, one reviewer proclaimed he had just read the winner of the 2014 Miles Franklin Award. Flanagan’s novel has now got as…