Griffith REVIEW 47: Looking West

For as long as I can remember I have coveted stories of writers achieving their first paid publication: Ray Bradbury’s magical description of his first paid submission comes to mind, as does Alice Hoffman’s. I was most recently feverish to experience this milestone firsthand when I sat in a packed London lecture theatre last year listening to Tim Winton talk about the transformative value of being paid for work as an emerging writer.

There are a few publications in Australia I truly revere; my astute and wise bestie took this photo of me in a favourite bookshop last summer nurturing a copy of Griffith Review, full of longing and awe.

Now it is an unparalleled thrill to share the news that my first paid publication, ‘Might Be Rainbows’, will be published in Griffith Review 47: Looking West. The forthcoming edition went to the printers in December and will be in bookstores in February.

I have joy fatigue: I’m humbled, excited, validated (however briefly), delirious, and happy all at once. I’m proud to be published alongside writers such as Carmen Lawrence, Brooke Davis, and, wildly enough, Tim (effing) Winton (in interview).

Thank you, dear readers, for all the ways you have inspired me.

From Griffith Review’s website:

That vast expanse called Western Australia – a new frontier for many, yet home to others for millennia. What is the future for Australia’s wealthiest state?

In Australia, the lure of bounty from mineral riches has drawn generations of fortune hunters to its western third. For some this was a stop on the road to a better place, for many a destination for new beginnings, but for its orignal inhabitants dislocation was inevitable.

In the 1980s Perth became a byword for ‘new wealth’. In the 21st century it has grown into a boomtown the likes of which Australia hasn’t seen since the 1850s. There is evidence this is starting to slow, but what will be left when the mining boom is subdued?

Western Australia is also huge and separated from the eastern populations by such a vast desert that it may almost be an island of its own. This creates unique issues and perspectives which challenge the ideas and presumptions of the rest of Australia.

Griffith Review 47: Looking West, co-edited by Julianne Schultz and Anna Haebich, examines booming Western Australia through essay, memoir, fiction and poetry by some of Western Australia’s most exciting and innovative writers.

From intriguing images of the Carrolup Aboriginal Art Movement to making popular music in the west; from sharks and crocodiles to miners and migration, from the desert to the wetlands, and so much more, Looking West, turns the spotlight on the multi-textured stories and images of Western Australia. Through the work of some of the state’s most talented writers and commentators, it draws back the curtains to open up forgotten corners of history; record fierce struggle, celebrate achievement and challenges us to recognise the richness and diversity of the land beyond the Nullabor.
– Dr Liz Byrski

Please visit for more information. In the meantime, if you’ll pardon me, I’ve champagne to go and swim in.


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