Lech Blaine

In the Sights of the Alt-Right

For the election edition of The Monthly, I profiled rising Labor star Terri Butler, and asked her about getting trolled online by the faceless men of the alt-right.

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Buy from from news agencies, or click below to read online:

Terri Butler’s rise through the rancour

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The Parable of Lyle and Dianne

The Monthly published a story by me about a polite pastor, a profane politician and Toowoomba’s scatological battle to not drink recycled water.

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Click the link below to read.

The Parable of Lyle and Dianne

Those who trespass against us

The ABC are replaying my interview with Richard Fidler following the recent passing of my Mum. Last year, The Griffith Review published a piece of memoir based on the same material in the interview.

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I’ve posted a link to the story below.

https://griffithreview.com/articles/those-who-trespass-against-us-growing-up-in-the-shadow-of-obsession/

Best Australian Essays

I was honored to be included in The Best Australian Essays 2017. My piece is called The Bystander, which is an excerpt from what will be my first book. It was originally published by The Griffith Review in 2017.

You can purchase a copy of the anthology here: The Best Australian Essays 2017

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What I’m Reading

I wrote a short piece for Meanjin about conducting a more productive relationship with sadness and the books that I’ve been reading lately.

“The best writers make me feel both more and less alone. Without flinching, they’ll pinpoint the limits of human connection and consumption, the folly of pinning your happiness on a single person or product. This tough love is extremely frightening and ultimately liberating. No romance or promotion will save a person from intermittent loneliness. Only by tolerating that fact can you eke out a new template for existing.”

Queensland Literary Awards

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Queensland Literary Awards

It was a mind-blowing honor recently to receive the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award alongside co-winner Mindy Gill.

Conversations

I was truly privileged to spin a few yarns on Conversations with Richard Fidler. We chatted about life, death, love, grief, rugby league, the foster care system in Queensland and how all of these subjects relate to my unique family.

The podcast is available to download at the ABC Website.