This article almost didn’t happen. The initial brief was simple: write a story about an issue affecting young people. My mind swam with ideas—the housing market, climate change, an acquaintance of mine who recently joined a cult. Yet every time I sat down to write, I couldn’t. I would sit and stare, then despair, and … Continue reading Like Drawing Blood: Writing in 2019
‘Abbu, I saw a counsellor today,’ I said, clutching the corner of the kitchen counter top. I waited for my dad’s response, feeling a little too hopeful. How could I think telling my dad I was having mental health issues would evoke the sensitivity I deserve? It was nothing against him personally, he is my … Continue reading Unmuting Mental Health: Breaking the Taboo at Home
The Grattan Street Press was excited to hear of Vicki Laveau-Harvie's novel, The Erratics, winning the 2019 Stella Prize. Our own Meg Kerr attended the Wheeler Centre's event to discuss the novel, and the prize, with the author.
Last year, author Robert Hassan gave up his connection to social media and embarked on a journey to find himself. He shares that journey in his new memoir.
Generational theory can provide a fascinating inside into cultural shifts and shared experiences, but they can also fall into the trap of being sensationalistic, overly simplistic and stereotyping. Us millennials have suffered (and, judging by the many articles still being published, are still suffering) from becoming a parody of our experiences. We have been described … Continue reading More Than a Stereotype
Melbourne is known as a City of Literature. The city hosts north of fifty writers festivals, with new ones cropping up every year. Melbourne is home to a plethora of literary journals and Indie bookstores. Writing competitions have become a sport for those who would rather flex a biro than a bicep. These opportunities provide a springboard for locals to expose their work – a tapestry of tales that enrich the nation.
My Gen-Z brain gifted me an eye-opening, isolation-induced epiphany recently: life is relentlessly, unflinchingly episodic.
It was 4:45 p.m. New York time, 7:45 a.m. Melbourne time, when my parents called and said, with an unmistakable tone of disappointment, ‘We think you should come home.’
As millennials, we have been accused of killing many an industry (from department stores to door bells) and while most of this is unfounded or exaggerated, we certainly seem to have lost the art of – if not killed – hobbies. We don’t have hobbies anymore, we have side hustles.
For the first time I can ever remember, it seemed as though all the forces of the internet had come together and actually agreed on something. It was weird, but I liked it, and it gave me permission to take a step back and think about the other ways I could fill my socially distanced time. With that in mind, I’ve carved out a list of books I’ve come to appreciate over the last month.
When I moved out of college at the end of last year, in favour of adulting in my first share house, I didn't get around to buying any meat for approximately two-and-a-half weeks. It's not that I don't like meat. In fact, when it's cooked well – think kebabs, slowly marinated and cooked over hot … Continue reading On Being an Accidental Flexitarian
In the last few months, when people have asked me what I do, I’ve blushed deeply, fumbled with my words, and eventually spluttered in a barely audible whisper: I’m an editor.
“I had that moment that Harry has in the story, really kind of standing at the bottom of these mountains and just looking up and not believing they’re real.” The release of Seth Robinson's debut novel Welcome to Bellevue is just around the corner! With the final touches being put on the ebook, we sat down with … Continue reading ‘Standing at the bottom of these mountains and just looking up’: an interview with Seth Robinson
“Welcome to Bellevue, where the mountains meet the sea…” Harry awakes on a ferry with no memory of how he came to be there. The boat is bound for Bellevue, a place he has never heard of. When he goes ashore, his attempts to leave are thwarted. Feeling trapped and alone, Harry gradually gets to … Continue reading Where the mountains meet the sea: Excerpt from chapter two of Welcome to Bellevue