State of Hope
Edited by Julianne Schultz and Patrick Allington
Rating: 3 / 5
A partnership between Griffith Review and Flinders University, State of Hope is an anthology that delves into the heart, intellect and soul of South Australia.
Like any state, South Australia faces economic, social, environmental and cultural challenges, but this anthology takes its cues from the freedom that comes from hope.
We have an essay from celebrated arts patron Robyn Archer, reportage on South Australia’s favourite son Nick Xenophon by Dennis Atkins, poetry by Ali Cobby Eckermann and a photo essay by Annette Willis on a forgotten town in the Flinders Ranges.
While State of Hope gives an undeniable snapshot of a state in flux (South Australia once saw itself as an arts capital), the standouts for this reviewer were the little personal stories, such as Bigger Than Heaven by Shannon Burns. The slow-burning memoir of “the past remembered, forgotten, unmade” sears itself into the consciousness.