Country & rural
Greener Pastures: Finding meaning in the great outdoors
From the Yellow Sea to Yucatán to Country – this selection from the archives is a journey through the outdoors. These pieces view nature through a lens of technology, art, design and communication – or consider landscape as character, antagonist and deity.
I Am An Animal: A Wildlife Fundraiser
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Humans are animals – but we’re letting our fellow creatures down. What do other animals…
Books and Ideas at Montalto
Live-stream: Alice Bishop
As Australia reels from the trauma of devastating, unprecedented bushfires, many of us have been left searching for the language to process the grief and trauma of what’s been lost – and what the future might look like.
In recent years, writers have tried to articulate some of the questions that remain in the wake of a disaster, and in…
Women at the Edge
History and Beyond
Victoria’s north-eastern regions are rich with dramatic scenery – from the majestic Alpine ranges to the storied banks of the Murray River. Indigenous people have lived in the area for tens of thousands of years.
The land is home, first and foremost, to their stories and lore. Since colonisation, this region has been the backdrop, too, to many myths and…
Kerry Reed-Gilbert: The Cherry Picker’s Daughter
Please note: Aunty Kerry has passed away and approval has been granted to display her picture.
Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert was a Wiradjuri poet, elder, editor, educator and a champion of up-and-coming Indigenous writers. Her contribution to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literary community – and to Australia's rich literary landscape more broadly – is hard to overstate. Aunty Kerry…
Books and Ideas at Montalto
Tony Birch is among Australia’s finest living writers. A poet, activist and academic, as well as an acclaimed novelist and short-story writer, Birch’s writing is concerned with Australians, especially Indigenous Australians, living life on the fringes. He writes, too, about the dark shadow cast by the state in the everyday lives of marginalised people.
In 2017, he became the first…
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What Future for Rural Australia?
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For many decades Australia was the country that rode on the sheep’s back. No more – now we are a country of mining and services. What will be the fate of rural and regional Australia in an era of economic rationalisation, water cutbacks, climate change, droughts and flooding rain? Does urban Australia care for or understand the country anymore?
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