A Fixed Place: The Long and Short of Story

Kathleen Mary Fallon

A Fixed Place: The Long and Short of Story
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A Fixed Place: The Long and Short of Story

Kathleen Mary Fallon

What was it like, living through the social, cultural and political upheaval of the last fifty years of the twentieth century in this Lucky Country? With life flying forward into the future, what could be held onto, and what self (that place which is never fixed) could fix and hold the experience of those years?

In A Fixed Place: The Long and Short of Story, we find moments that were held - moments of stasis, of hard-won clarity, of sexuality, joy, confusion, compassion. Fallon has collected writings published across a span from the 1980’s in magazines and ephemeral publications to make a picture of the act of creation through writing.

These stories are slippery with the grunt and sweat of hard yakka - the work of striving towards consciousness against the grain of good old she’ll-be-right complacency. Whether in slave-like conditions in quiet suburbs or in dreamlike states on the horizon of the Australian imagination, the characters and their stories are in our cultural DNA and need to be remembered.

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