States of Mind

Where politics meets psychiatry, and the problematics of real-world living meet creative potential, how do we conceptualise our psychological and existential condition?

Griffith Review 72: States of Mind investigates the parameters of our contemporary cognitive landscapes.


Varuna Writing Residencies

Griffith Review is delighted to announce five residencies in partnership with Varuna, The National Writers’ House, thanks to support from the Graeme Wood Foundation.

Contributors are invited to pitch projects to be considered for forthcoming editions of Griffith Review in 2022.

For details of what we're looking for, and how to apply, please see here.

Snake of Light

Snake of Light

'Headlights curving round the S-bends like a snake of light gliding towards some undefined prey. He blew smoke out the window, humming to himself, and the moon shone full in the belly of the night.'

Listen to poet, musician and self-proclaimed mischief-maker Loki Liddle read aloud 'Snake of Light', his short story that features in our current edition, States of Mind.

2021 Nature Writing Prize

2021 Nature Writing Prize

'Now, above the once-multicoloured land from which it rises, the watergaw can seem the broken shaft of a cultural and metaphysical message, a dray or chariot ascending but stalled mid-sky, and thereby implying not only the fall but a definitively tragic landing on hard, hoof-compacted, colour-leached, colonial ground.'

Listen to award-winning author Gregory Day read aloud 'The watergaw', the essay that won him The Nature Conservancy Australia's 2021 Nature Writing Prize.

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Current Edition

States of Mind
How do we conceptualise our psychological, existential and political condition? States of Mind examines the parameters of our cognitive landscapes – and how far they might take us.

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