'Stories can have a determining power, the authority of the assumed and accepted narrative.
'We all have our own of course, and perhaps the capacity to imagine the stories of hypothetical others. In everyday life that might pass for empathy; in literature it can carry an edge of privilege and controversy. And in fact? In non-fiction?
'In this edition, a timely exploration framed by that great Australian woman of letters Alexis Wright, a long musing on the often vexed intersections between our first peoples and the narrative that explains and explores the Indigenous position in modern Australia. Whose stories are these to tell? Who owns this continuing tale?' (Editorial introduction)2016 pg. 115-117
'Think of an Australian writer and chances are that at some time or another they’ve had short fiction published in Meanjin.
'For the first time a treasure trove of this writing leaps from the pages of Meanjin into a book of fine fiction.
'You’ll read Tim Winton, David Malouf and recent work by Jennifer Mills. In between you’ll find John Kinsella, Eliot Perlman, Elizabeth Jolley, Nicholas Jose, Bruce Pascoe, Melissa Lucashenko, A.S. Patric and many more. ' (Publication summary)