“[Meanjin is] big nostalgia vibes, no bad vibes – good vibes only,” says Gamilaraay singer-songwriter Thelma Plum of her new record, a love letter to her home town of Meanjin/Brisbane. She fell back in love with the city after spending several years away: travelling, recording, touring. “Brissie’s where it’s at!” she says, laughing. “I swear I’m not being paid by Tourism Queensland!”
More highlights in this edition:
- Heartbreak High, the must-watch high-school TV drama of the 90s, is back and breaking new ground for the Netflix generation. We go behind the scenes with the show’s new stars.
- For many, finding stable affordable housing is fast becoming an impossible dream. Could the innovative option known as co-operative housing be the solution?
- Archibald Prize-winning artist Del Kathryn Barton on her debut feature film Blaze, a visual tour de force, about girlhood and trauma, complete with a giant dragon puppet.
- Photographer Gabriele Galimberti celebrates the special relationship between fathers and children around the world.
- Brisbane-based MC Jesswar on their new mixtape of feelgood bangers that’s made, in part, with people they haven’t even met.
- Local crime writer JP Pomare on his latest literary thriller that lays bare the harsh truths behind privilege and power in a small town.
- After 15 years, writer Tony Kelly returns to live in the country town he once called home, to find things have changed – including himself.
- Plus, Tom Walton shares a recipe that pays tribute to his childhood neighbour Nadeema: Smoky Whole Eggplants with Crispy Chickpeas, Olives and Tahini.