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Hatherell, William

William Hatherell grew up on the Redcliffe Peninsula and was educated at the universities of Queensland, Sydney and Oxford. He has worked at the Queensland University of Technology since 1992 in a number of policy and writing roles, and as a teacher of academic and professional writing.
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The Third Metropolis

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‘This fascinating and much needed book recognises the contribution of Brisbane’s artists, writers and creative spirits.’ – Thomas Shapcott Post-war Brisbane has been a powerful source for the literary and artistic imagination – perhaps more so than any other Australian city. The cultural journal Meanjin began in Brisbane in 1940 and a number of significant poets worked in Brisbane around this time. In the visual arts, a vibrant scene flourished into the 1960s. Most famously, the two decades after the Second World War proved a powerful imaginative source for ‘literary’ writers such as David Malouf, Rodney Hall and Thea Astley. With a focus on the literary and visual arts – in particular poetry, the novel, and painting – The Third Metropolis considers the relationship of these works of art to the actual history of the city – political, economic and demographic. For the first time, The Third Metropolis places Brisbane within wider debates about Australian cultural history.