‘One day justice will be done and the jailer will replace the jailed.’ Hisham Matar’s father wrote these words in a smuggled letter to his family in 1992, while imprisoned in one of Muammar el-Qaddafi’s notorious jails in Tripoli.
Jaballa Matar was a political dissident, kidnapped in 1990 by the dictator’s agents, and jailed. For years he wrote occasional letters…
Represent: Paul Daley and Jack Latimore on Black Stories and Media
Jack Latimore and Paul Daley
How do we write about race in Australia today? Does the race of the writer affect the way stories are written, received and interpreted? And what does it mean when a white person writes about Indigenous Australia?
Two writers from different backgrounds, Paul Daley and Jack Latimore, pose and tackle these questions. The pair, who admire each other’s work, both write about issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Daley is an award-winning Guardian journalist whose work frequently covers Indigenous issues, history and national identity from a non-Indigenous perspective. Latimore’s journalism has appeared in the Guardian, Koori Mail, Overland, and IndigenousX; he’s also a researcher with the Centre for Advancing Journalism.
Besides journalism, both men are accomplished writers of fiction – Daley a novelist and playwright, and Latimore a short story author. Together, they talk about their different fields and genres of writing, and the broader sphere of media as it relates to Indigenous Australians in a wide-ranging conversation about reality, representation and vision.
In 1961, autodidact urbanologist Jane Jacobs forever changed how we understood our cities. ‘Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody,’ she wrote in The Death and Life of Great American Cities, ‘only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.’
More than half a century later, her then-contentious argument – that the real life of a…
The Big Dry: Alcohol and Us
In our backyards, balconies and beer gardens – Australians get along famously with booze. Drinking is an entrenched part of our national identity: it’s a recurrent theme in our pop culture, a scene-setter for friendship, a supposedly inherent part of work and play.
Lately, though, as the personal, social and public health costs of drinking become clear, many Australians are reconsidering our…
Not Seen, Not Heard: The Hidden Stolen Generation
In 2008, when Kevin Rudd made his historic apology to the Stolen Generations of Indigenous Australians, he envisaged ‘a future where this parliament resolves that the injustices of the past must never, never happen again.’
Since that speech, the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care has surged by an appalling 65 per cent. Today there…
In June last year, the biennial Street Count of rough-sleepers confirmed what was obvious to many who live or work in the Melbourne CBD – the number of homeless people has risen astronomically. Official Street Count figures showed an unprecedented increase of 74 per cent since the previous tally.
This figure accounts for the most visible kind of homeless person…
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