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Monument

Bonny Cassidy

Following the threads and detours signalled by research, objects and testimony, Bonny Cassidy’s Monument considers how non-Indigenous Australians might absorb First Nations truth-telling; and what this means for acts of speech, and writing. Should our memories serve the living or the dead, the past or the present? Why do we need new monuments in Australia, and where should we expect to find them?

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Television

Kate Middleton

Part criticism, part autobiography, the award-winning poet Kate Middleton’s new collection considers the emotional impact that television programs had on her formative years – from childhood cartoons Astro Boy and Roadrunner, to series like Pretty Little Liars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twin Peaks and Beverly Hills 90210.

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Grace Yee wins the Victorian Prize for Literature

Grace Yee wins 2024 Victorian Prize for Literature

Melbourne-based poet Grace Yee has won the 2024 Victorian Prize for Literature, Australia’s most generous writing prize worth $100,000, for her verse novel, Chinese Fish. This debut book was also awarded the VPLA for Poetry and, earlier the same day, was longlisted for the New Zealand Book Awards in the poetry category. Wrote the VPLA judges: ‘ We were impressed by how intelligently Chinese Fish braids its modes and forms, its feminist vision, and its literary and conceptual sophistication.’

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HEAT Series 3 Number 12 features writing by Paddy O’Reilly, Jordi Infeld, Bella Li, Esther Cross (trans. Alice Whitmore), Nam Le, Maryam Nazarian (trans. Arash Khoshsafa), and Stephanie Radok. Subscribe to HEAT now to receive Number 12 as your first issue, with more adventurous literary writing and art from Australia and around the world to come.

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Author note: Manisha Anjali on Naag Mountain

‘I sought to recover the dignity, beauty and complexity of the girmityas, who otherwise only resided in the shadow of the archive and dissipating cultural memory. Living close to the sugar cane plantations on Minjungbal country, I came to understand history as a living, continuing phenomenon.’

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Authors

Gerald Murnane

Gerald Murnane is a recipient of an Emeritus Fellowship from the Australia Council, the Patrick White Literary Award, the Melbourne Prize for Literature, the Adelaide Festival Literature Award for Innovation and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. His last work of fiction, Border Districts, received the the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction, was shortlisted for the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

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Vanessa Berry

Vanessa Berry is a Sydney writer and artist who works with history, memory and archives. She is the author of the memoir Ninety9; the ‘autobiographical almanac’ Strawberry Hills ForeverMirror Sydney, an essayistic atlas exploring the city’s marginal places and undercurrents, and which won the 2018 Mascara Review’s Avant-garde Award for nonfiction; and Gentle and Fierce, an essay collection on humans’ relationships with animals.

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