QUICKSILVER: A Reader’s Introduction

Two decades ago, Nicolas Rothwell began a journey into the Australian inland and its mirage-like horizons – a journey both of exploration and self-exploration. The three fictions that came about as a result of these experiences – “Wings of the Kite-Hawk,”...

Nicolas Rothwell’s Belomor: A New Genre

This examination of the novel form, the tradition of the tale and the structure of “Belomor”‘ is by a close follower of trends in Australian writing, Silke Hesse. The literary review is a genre all of its own. It is of the first hour and the urgency...

Belomor

In the early 1930s the Soviet Union built, with convict labour, a canal between the White Sea and the Baltic. Given the convenient proximity of the Solovetsky Islands Gulag settlement, workers were in plentiful supply, and their work was performed for free. The...

Quicksilver: Reflections

The 2011 Madgwick Lecture, delivered at the University of New England in November I should like to guide you through three distinct episodes in recent history: one from 18th century Europe, dominated by grand, unstable empires, one from the Australian colonial...