Hey, Utopia!


What are the possibilities and pitfalls of imagining a better future?

Griffith Review 73: Hey, Utopia! explores the ramifications of Thomas More's term in a range of contexts: the possible and the improbable, the out of reach and almost realised.

 

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Through the window: Silence

Through the window: Silence


When I was taught history as a primary and secondary student, it was as though Australia sprang into being when James Cook sighted a beach in 1770. An easy date to remember with all those sevens, I had thought, supposing ‘history to be largely about the memorisation of facts.

In our latest Through the Window, writer and teacher Brendan James Murray warns against the bleaching of our history.

Read the piece in full here.

2021 Young Writers Award winner

2021 Young Writers Award winner


'We drive from Pueblo to Limon as the sun rises: gory and golden, a puckered hole punch in a wet weakening sky. Cassie turns the radio up. We sing along: chic punk, baby country, pop hits. The highway is lined with corn.'

Read the story that won this year's Young Writers Award: 'Sun queens' by Ellen Vickerman.

Through the window: Heartplace

Through the window: Heartplace


It’s a liminal space, my heartplace: suspended between the magical, imaginative other-worlds I’ve inhabited since a child and the shimmering, tangible space of Australia’s Snowy Mountains.

In our latest Through the Window, Jonica Newby reflects on how we fall in love with place.

Read the piece in full here.

Through the window:<br>Nothing more to say

Through the window:
Nothing more to say


Is it pointless to write once more that things are a terrible mess? It would be good if we could write instead, or as well: here is the path to fix it. To write, yes, our house is on fire but also, here is the fire exit or – even better! And if only! – here comes the fire brigade.

In our latest Through the Window, Jane Rawson asks why we write about climate change.

Read the piece in full here.

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  • Silence
    LAST WEEK I experienced a first: somebody blocked me on social media. As a teacher, I occasionally recommend this course of action to teenagers experiencing online bullying. My blocker, though, was no teenager (and nor, I hope, am I a bully). It was ...
  • Heartplace
    THIS MORNING I put on my best dragon-riding clothes – leggings, leggings, outer pants, thin shirt, thick shirt, vest, jacket, thin balaclava, thick balaclava, goggles, helmet, gloves. It’s cold up here where the ice-winds blow. And I rode and rod...
  • Sun queens
    ONCE, PUEBLO WAS a nothing city. If you get out an old map of the US, Cassie tells me, it doesn’t even have a star. It’s just a dot town in a square state, but it’s on a blue line and a red line; it’s the last place you can drink from the Ark...

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EDITION 73
Hey, Utopia!
Visiting utopias old and new, near and far, Hey, Utopia! explores the possibilities and pitfalls of imagining a better future. Where will it take us next? And do we even want to go there?

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Escape Routes
Plotting the parameters of our daydreams, our transformations and our jailbreaks. As another testing year comes to an end, this edition sets out to celebrate what might come next.
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