Overland at Melbourne Writers Festival

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Announcement
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Events

2.30pm Friday 1 September
ACMI Cinema 1, Federation Square, Melbourne

Will democracy win? Join Overland’s editor Jacinda Woodhead in conversation with Tony Birch, Jeff Sparrow and Micah White at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival.

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marriage
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Article
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Equal marriage
History
LGBTQI

Marriage stinks

We need to remember the history of marriage even in the midst of making the argument for equal access. Otherwise we risk becoming inadvertently ahistorical and conservative, both in argument and politically. Looking to the history of marriage and to the history of queer liberation also helps to remind us that there are many ways to conceive of what constitutes a relationship, and many ways to express love outside of marriage, even outside of ‘relationship status’. And critically, this history helps us to imagine the vast possibilities for difference in the present and in the future.

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Announcement
Category
Prizes

Shortlist for the 2017 VU Short Story Prize

Overland and Victoria University are pleased to announce that the four judges of this year’s Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers – author Frank Moorhouse, UQP editor Ian See, writer and academic Enza Gandalfo and Overland’s Rachael McGuirk – have reduced this year’s 800 entries to a shortlist of ten stories.

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Review

August in nonfiction

I picked up The Honest History Book during the first wave of concerted right-wing attacks on Yassmin Abdel-Magied for her seven-word facebook post on Anzac Day, and its measured and analytical essays came as a welcome relief. The book traces the strange story of how a devastating global conflict became so central to Australian nationalism when, as Douglas Newton observes, ‘the Great War should rattle our souls, not rouse our national self-esteem’.