Looking West (Griffith Review, Volume 47)

October 31, 2020
Looking West (Griffith Review, Volume 47)

'Go west young man' has been a siren call in Australia, Canadaand the US for centuries - a new frontier for them, yet alreadyhome to others for millennia. In Australia, the lure of bounty frommineral riches drew generations of fortune hunters to its westernthird. For some this was a stop on the road to a better place, formany a destination for new beginnings, while for those who hadalways lived there dislocation was inevitable.Since the 1980s Perth has become a byword for new wealth and inthe first years of the 21st Century became a boom-town the likes ofwhich Australia hasn't seen since the 1850s. There is evidence thisis starting to slow, but what will be left when the boomdeflates?WA is also Australia's (and perhaps the world's) largest state,most of which is a vast desert butting hard against a broilingocean. The view, looking back east, is sceptical, looking westuncertain, with a lot of space between both.This edition will see submissions from Tim Winton to CarmenLawrence reflecting on the unique place and perspective that isWestern Australia. With the escalating pace of change in the westit is time to reappraise what makes Western Australia distinctiveand how its future might unfold.Authors include: Tim Winton, Gail Jones, Brooke Davis, CarmenLawrence, Shaun Tan, Helen Trinca, David Whish-Wilson, Ashley Hay,Kim Scott, David Carlin and many more.Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA is thefounding editor of Griffith REVIEW, the award-winning literary andpublic affairs quarterly, produced by Griffith University and TextPublishing. She chairs the Australian Film Television and RadioSchool, is a member of Australia Council for the Arts Pool ofPeers, and was until recently a non-executive director of theboards of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and GrattanInstitute. Julianne is an acclaimed author, and in 2009 became aMember of the Order of Australia for services to journalism and thecommunity.