Jeanine Leane

Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri novelist and poet from the Murrumbidgee River near Gundagai. In 2010, the manuscript for her first novel, Purple Threads, won the David Unaipon Award for an unpublished Indigenous writer and her first volume of poetry, Dark Secrets After Dreaming, won the Scanlon Prize for Indigenous poetry. She is currently an Australian Research Council Fellow at the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the Australian National University.

‘Like all change, it happens in the margins’: Joan Fleming in conversation with Jeanine Leane

Jeanine Leane and I met in the Spring of 2022 to plot this interview over coffee. Jeanine has a quick, ferocious intelligence that moves associatively, while her fingers make languid circles in her hair. She is fine-boned and extremely upright.

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For Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert, 24 October 1956 to 13 July 2019. I think I might see you when I walk out this morning along the street we used to share. Winter is bleak in Kambera. Icy winds off the mountains, …

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NO THEME 10 Editorial

A callout for a poetry of consciousness ‘that enacts and is responsible for what it considers’, that has been written with an awareness of ‘crises, brinks and redress’, was always going to bring some powerful and confronting work.

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Submission to Cordite 101: NO THEME 10

Images courtesy of Jeanine Leane and John Kinsella. From now, and throughout 2021, we’re celebrating 25 years of publishing. Milestones include the publication of Cordite Poetry Review’s 100th issue in February, Cordite Books’ 40th print title, and the new free …

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Unfinished Business

I came back decades later to rooms she cleaned in ruins of a homestead on the River of my Country. Cast iron gates built on years of bumper crops, golden fleeces, free labour, swing open on rusty hinges like pages …

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कार्डबोर्ड कारावास | Cardboard Incarceration

Translated from the English to the Nepali by Prakash Subedi अभिलेख भनिने यो कार्डबोर्डको जेल चिसो, हावाविहीन, र मृत्युजस्तै निस्तब्ध छ । भुइँदेखि छतसम्म चाङ् लगाइएका बाकसभित्र सुनिन छाडिसके पनि भित्रभित्रै आर्तनाद गरिरहेका आवाजहरू छन् अनि छन् अरूका एक-एक अंश …

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Remote Community

In 2007 by the colonial calendar commands were given from afar. Suspend the Racial Discrimination Act for Aborigines – they can’t handle their rights anyway. Troops marched in. Then – Alpurrurulam, Anmatjere, Bathurst Island, Bulman, Echo Island, Gapuwiyak, Gove Peninsula, …

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