A troubling new trend is emerging in publishing with companies paying for the placement and promotion of products in works of fiction. For instance, the latest thriller by bestselling British novelist William Boyd, The Vanishing Game, was commissioned by Land Rover, reportedly for a six-figure sum.
Overland is seeking fiction from new and emerging writers for a special online edition to be curated by Khalid Warsame. Khalid is a Brisbane-based writer of essays, short stories, memoir and screenplays, who occasionally produces and directs short films.
2014 has been a strong year for cinema and a strange year for politics. If art and popular culture reflect the times, then 2015 will be the year that we continually push reset.
In the aftermath of the heart-wrenching scenes from the Martin Place siege, a heart-warming initiative took the world by storm. The #Illridewithyou campaign took off when a stranger offered to accompany a Muslim woman in public to comfort and protect her from the inevitable violent backlash that follows such incidents. In a truly human gesture, one young woman reached out to support another, and a movement was born, quickly going viral.
In 2013, when Scott Morrison said that, under the Refugee Convention, there is ‘No guarantee or requirement for permanent residency’, he was not wrong. There is no provision in the act that means signatories must provide permanent protection – even to those found to be legitimate refugees.