The ultimate pop music power move, a double clap is the aural equivalent of using two exclamation points back-to-back!! It can be called upon to open a song, ramp up a big finale or bookend a tune with a sonic signifier of camaraderie. In every case, it’s an auditory call-to-arms that rallies concert goers and loungeroom groovers to clap along if, to paraphrase Pharrell, that’s what they want to do.
It’s never been an easy choice to be a writer, and it’s never easy to get published. But we strive to make Overland a series of spaces where you can have a voice.
And we know how important having time to write is. That’s why, this Subscriberthon, you have a chance to win not one, but two writing retreats.
It’s described as haunting. And I know it well.
Led by our relatives, our ancestors, we do feverish work, memory work, detective work. But the compulsion is not just to fill in gaps. Doesn’t just stop at the finding.
Breaking away from the traditional model of unionism to become a movement embedded in broader struggles for social justice will not be easy, but this is the task at hand. As organised capital finds new and effective ways to transfer risk onto individual workers – such as through new forms of precarity, climate catastrophe, and far right movements – we must be prepared to take greater risks if we are to win.
We don’t want a future where literature is a thing that used to happen.