Anna Krien

Anna Krien is the author of Night Games: Sex, power and sportInto the Woods: The battle for Tasmania’s forests, the Quarterly Essay ‘Us and Them: On the Importance of Animals’ and the Quarterly Essay ‘The Long Goodbye: Coal, Coral and Australia’s Climate Deadlock’Her work has been published in the Age, the Big IssueThe Best Australian EssaysThe Best Australian StoriesGriffith ReviewColors and Dazed & Confused.

Articles by this author

Australia’s chief scientist talks energy alternatives and trying to elevate the narrative
The unflappable Finkel
Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel has an uncanny ability to be at once open and inscrutable. When I meet him at his office in Melbourne’s CBD, I wonder if it is the design...
Still from Get Krack!n
‘Get Krack!n’s Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney are not pussyfooting around
C’mon, we’re being fun
It’s 3 am. “An hour usually reserved for pissing with your eyes closed,” Kate McLennan says in a sparkly voice while sitting bolt upright in bed next to co-host Kate McCartney....
Climate change, ideology and the role of government
Scrambled politics
In 2008 petroleum giant Shell released two scenarios – Blueprints and Scramble – that modelled the world until 2050. For decades the company had been strategising – and as early...
Julia at Melbourne Zoo in 2011.
The strange life and tragic death of Julia the gorilla
In danger
In May 1982, Ineke Bonjer and Henk Lambertz, posing as a rich, childless German couple, borrowed a silver BMW coupé and drove up to a house in Westerlo, Belgium, that was...
Cover image, Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport (Black Inc)
Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport
‘Cops want to catch crooks, they don’t want to be social workers,’ he said. ‘I’m not saying they don’t care about the victims – it...
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
The Last of the Court Artists
Drawn Faces
Fay Plamka wheels her $20 Dimmeys suitcase into Courtroom 1 of the Melbourne Magistrates Court and settles herself near the dock. As the judge processes petty charges and...
Quarterly Essay 45, 'Us and Them: On the Importance of Animals', by Anna Krien, Black Inc., 125pp; $19.95
Us and Them: On the Importance of Animals
It was around midnight when I got off the tram at the last stop in Melbourne’s north. As the doors locked behind me, two men, one bare-chested, ran across the street, traffic...
Midday at the Gap View Hotel, Alice Springs, 2006. Image courtesy of Anna Pappas Gallery and the artist. © Jesse Marlow
The crisis of alcoholism
Booze territory
On a Tuesday morning, I make my way to the Gap View Hotel for a drinking session starting at 10 am. I’m told this is one of Alice Springs’ three notorious ‘animal bars’ but, when...
Stephen Milne leads his St Kilda teammates in a recovery session, September 2008, Melbourne. © Stuart Mcevoy / Newspix / News Limited
Sex and the AFL
Out of bounds
When 17-year-old Kim Duthie told 60 Minutes last month that she had lied about being pregnant to a St Kilda footballer, it was as if she lifted a spell. Almost everyone from the...
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Food technology and the manufacture of flavours
Jeroen Rens and I are in a small room, wearing hairnets and fluorescent-orange lab coats, looking at plastic drink bottles inside a fridge with glass doors. Each bottle (the...
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Blanche’s boy
“Until recently I’ve been pretty half-hearted about Welcome to Country,” Jack Charles confesses as he faces a room of social workers at a drug and alcohol rehab centre in...
Rescue and remembrance in the creek beds of the desert
Trouble on the night shift
‘Call the police! Call the police!’ A barrel-chested Aboriginal man is yelling out to the boss of the night patrol. A red station wagon with plastic sheets for windows is grinding...