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Looking West: The tell-all tale of Western Australia

R&D Now

A collaboration between Curtin University and literary magazine Griffith Review has produced a book exploring the complex dynamics of Western Australia.

The new publication, Griffith Review 47: Looking West, focuses on the shifting pace of change in the west, reappraises what makes Western Australia distinctive and speculates on how the future of the state may unfold.

Looking West brings together the work of 42 contributors who provide rich insight into the history, environment, politics and creative impulses that inform and define the state.

The book features renowned writers including Curtin academics Professor Kim Scott and Dr David Whish-Wilson, and alumni Brooke Davis and Tim Winton (in interview), contributing to a mix of essays, memoir, reportage, short fiction and poetry.

Co-editor of the book, John Curtin Distinguished Professor Anna Haebich, says the new publication will challenge readers’ views as to what they think about WA.

“Looking West features an eclectic range of essays exploring the development and the dispossessed; immigrants and Indigenous; corruption and conservation; creativity and isolation all the way through to WA’s iconic Christmas trees; AFL football and sharks,” Haebich says.

Through some of the state’s most talented writers and commentators, Looking West examines WA’s past, present and future.

“WA is central to national prosperity, and Perth has grown into a boom town the likes of which Australia hasn’t seen since the 1850s, so it is important to try to understand the complex dynamics of the state, beyond the headlines,” Griffith Review Editor Professor Julianne Schultz says.

“In 2013 Griffith Review published Tasmania – The Tipping Point?, which went on to become our bestselling edition to-date, it made sense of Tasmania to locals and others, and we expect the interest in Looking West to be just as strong.”

The Governor of Western Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson, launched the book in February.

Looking West is on general sale across Australia, for $27.95 (print) with digital editions available from Griffith Review online.


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