Jock Palfreeman
Type
Article
Category
Activism
Far right

Why Jock Palfreeman continues to be a very political prisoner

Just a few months ago, it looked extremely unlikely that Jock Palfreeman, the Australian serving a twenty-year sentence for murder in Bulgaria, would ever be paroled. Originally convicted in December 2009 of the murder of law student Andrei Monov (and of the attempted murder of his friend Antoan Zahariev) during a street fight in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia in December 2007, Jock lost appeals against his conviction and sentence in 2010 and again in 2011. Now, in 2019, he’s won his parole.

Benalla Lake Walk Ceramic Mural
Type
Article
Category
the arts

Diversity in the arts: reframing minority artists and white voices

The existence of systemic or structural barriers in the arts has compounded a self-defeatism that many minority artists experience – the sense of not being talented or qualified enough to take on artistic opportunities, including leadership roles. We are just not used to seeing ourselves in such positions, as the decision makers, as people self-determined to confidently project our value.

Basket of figs
Type
Reflection
Category
Writing

The fig tree and the writer

This is my home but not my country. When I visited Sicily for the first time as an adult, in the 1990s, I understood that maybe it was my country but it could never be my home. The fig tree is oblivious to its origins, to its alien status but for me, this belonging and not belonging is the source of all my questions, all my writing.