Chad Parkhill

 Photo by Alan Weedon.

I’m a Melbourne-based cultural critic who writes about sex, booze, music, history, and books—but not necessarily in that order. My work has appeared in The Australian, Junkee, Killings (the blog of Kill Your Darlings), The Lifted Brow, Meanjin, Overland, and The Quietus, amongst others. I was also the Program and Production Coordinator of the 2014 Emerging Writers’ Festival and the Festival Manager of the 2013 National Young Writers’ Festival. My work can be divided into four rough categories:

Literary and Cultural Criticism

I cut my teeth in writing and publishing as the literary sub-editor of the Queensland University of Technology Student Guild’s magazine, Utopia, which I went on to co-edit for the final year of its existence. My literary and cultural criticism has more recently appeared in The Australian, Junkee, Killings, Meanjin, and Overland.

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Music Criticism

I began writing music criticism for Brisbane’s Rave Magazine. Since Rave’s untimely demise, my writing about music has been published in Killings (for whom I write a fortnightly column about music), Junkee, and The Quietus. I guest-edited the Middlebrow liftout of issue 17 (the Music Issue) of The Lifted Brow.

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Travel and Lifestyle Writing

I started writing travel and lifestyle content for Hardie Grant Explore’s Hide & Seek Brisbane in 2010. Since then my travel and lifestyle writing has appeared in Hide & Seek Melbourne 2, Explore Australia 2013, Camping Around Australia, 2nd edition and Explore Australia’s National Parks, 2nd edition. I previously worked as a member of the content preparation team for Lonely Planet, for whose website I have also written. I also write a bimonthly column about alcoholic beverages and bar culture for The Lifted Brow.

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Academic Writing

In the past I have worked as a tutor and lecturer in professional writing, cultural studies, and philosophy at the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology. During this period my academic writing (both solely-authored and co-authored) was published in the journals Crossroads: an Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics (on whose editorial board I later sat) and Parrhesia: a Journal of Critical Philosophy, as well as in the collections A Cultural History of Sexuality, volume five: in the Age of Empire, Error: Glitch, Noise and Jam in New Media Cultures and Porn – Philosophy for Everyone: How to Think With Kink.

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