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 a nonfiction writer, researcher and creative practitioner of Ballardong Noongar heritage. In 2018, she co-created Wild Tongue Zine for Next Wave Festival with Azja Kulpinska which interrogated labor inequality in the arts industry. In 2016, she won the Westerly magazine Patricia Hackett Prize, and her writing has appeared in a range of anthologies and literary journals including Meanjin, Westerly, Right Now and Etchings Indigenous.
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 Sudanese-born Australian mechanical engineer, writer and social advocate.