This 70th anniversary issue pays particular attention to current moment of Australian writing and reading as these are focussed for us by 70 years of publication. There are stories and poetry on the passing of time: new inter-generational relationships, the anachronisms of middle age, on the image and memory, the press of the lived present. The issue also includes a reconsideration of Australia’s “cultural cringe”, which turns 60 this year; and essays on a lost poem of Henry Lawson and on the New Theatre redraw the literary past for us. There are also detailed readings of some of our finest writers including Christina Stead and Robert Gray and a reading of Alexis Wright that speculates on the co-ordinates of Australia’s literary future. There is also a substantial reviews section including the biographies of Elizabeth Jolley and Veronica Brady, new work by Marion Campbell and critical studies on poetry and on Australian humour.