What are millennials up against, and what do they bring to their challenges?
In Griffith Review’s Millennial Edition, guest editor Jerath Head has invited young writers to lend their sophisticated critiques to the culture they’ve grown into. They include Briohny Doyle, whose story addresses wistful dreams of real estate ownership despite her scant prospects; Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who writes of the contrast between her activism and that of her parents; and Timmah Ball, whose piece deals with racism, ‘corporate feminism’ and the inspiration of Indigenous women who’ve come before her.
In their essays, each writer deals with the question of how millennials can find their place in a time of massive change, and a fraught, difficult world. Join them for a chat about writing and coming of age in the 21st Century.
Jerath Head is assistant editor at Griffith Review, and co-editor of Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back (out May 2017). He’s also a research assistant and content contributor for Griffith University’s Policy Innovation Hub. His writing has been published in New Philosopher and Kill Your Darlings, and numerous arts and culture publications in Australia and Ireland.
Timmah Ball is an emerging writer, urban researcher and cultural producer of Ballardong Noongar descent. She has written for Meanjin, Westerly, Right Now and Etchings Indigenous. She is currently using zine-making to critique mainstream publishing conventions, and will produce Wild Tongue zine as part of Next Wave Festival in 2018.
Briohny Doyle is a Melbourne based writer and academic. She has published work in Meanjin, Overland and the Age. Her debut novel The Island Will Sink (The Lifted Brow) was released to critical acclaim in 2016. Adult Fantasy, her first book of nonfiction, is forthcoming through Scribe this year.
She teaches at Deakin and RMIT universities, and is a 2017 Endeavour Award recipient – undertaking research fellowships at Yale and the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, social advocate, writer and petrol head, and is the 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year. She advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Born in Sudan, Yassmin Abdel-Magied and her family arrived in Australia when she was two. Since then, she has devoted her extraordinary energy and talents to making Australia a better place. At age 16, Yassmin founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation that enables young people to work together to implement positive change within their communities and internationally.