Ghost Bird (UQP 2019) by Lisa Fuller won the 2017 David Unaipon Award and is a Young Adult ‘own voices’ story about what happens when one identical twin goes missing, and the Aboriginal community is worried by dark and malevolent forces that appear to have been summoned through ignorance or disobedience of indigenous lore. A sinister story lightened by moments of humour, young love and sisterly connection.
Griffith Review 67 Matters of Trust (Text Publishing 2019), edited by Ashley Hay, is weighted towards non-fiction, reportage and memoir, punctuated with fiction, poetry and a graphic story, all focussed on the issue of trust on a personal, political, environmental, institutional and societal level. Features Anne Tiernan, Damon Young, John Kinsella, Sophie Overett and Omar Sakr.
Subhash Jaireth, poet, translator, essayist and traveller, examines the lives of his literary heroes in Spinoza’s Overcoat: Travels with Writers and Poets (Transit Lounge 2020), in a collection of essays that both literally and metaphorically explores the intimate details and the creative process of the lives of many well-known poets. This book is for anyone who loves poetry, biography and ‘literary philosophy’.
Persian Letters: A Farewell to the Islamic Revolution in Iran (Mehri Publications 2018) is a memoir by Mehrdad Rafiee (2018) which provides an engaging and interesting account of all aspects of Iran’s history, in the form of letters to the author’s children, punctuated by his bright sense of humour and his personal reckoning and philosophising about the world.