Wandering beneath the grace of clouds

The following is an edited version of an interview with the writer-scholar-musician Janie Conway-Herron which took place in the beginning of March 2013. It formed part of a Master’s seminar on Australian identity/-ies taught at the University of Barcelona in which Janie Conway-Herron’s first novel, Beneath the Grace of Clouds (Cockatoo Books 2010) was addressed. The interview explores the links between her creative writing, her sense of belonging and place in Australia and her involvement in the alternative protest movements of the 1960s and beyond, especially her engagement with the Indigenous cause through Rock Against Racism. It aims to flesh out the politics behind her creative agenda, which she formulates as follows on the first pages of Beneath the Grace of Clouds.

Sovereignty goes to Court

Media release: Sovereign Embassy supporters to rally outside court by Brisbane Aboriginal-Sovereign Embassy on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 5:02pm · Supporters of the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy will gather outside the Brisbane Magistrates Court this Friday as three Embassy members again face court for defending the Sacred Fire. Wayne Wharton, Boe Spearim and Hamish … Continue reading Sovereignty goes to Court

Trifecta at 608 Brunswick Street

'608 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley' — a story about a share house in Brisbane in the late 1970s and early 1980s by Ian Curr "No reason to get excited," the thief, he kindly spoke, "There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke. But you and I, we've been through … Continue reading Trifecta at 608 Brunswick Street

Attempts to stop ‘BDS’ campaign

The Australian newspaper has published an article (8 Aug 2011) 'Israeli boycotts: ACCC called in about the 19 people arrested in Melbourne protesting against the Max Brenner store's support of the Israeli Defence Force. The article claims that ''protesters allegedly blocked potential customers from entering the store as part of an "orchestrated campaign" to impose … Continue reading Attempts to stop ‘BDS’ campaign