Southerly 79.1


Southerly has turned 80! Founded in 1939, Southerly has been published continuously for fully four score years. This is a cause for great celebration; we salute the many, many writers whose poetry, fiction, essays and reviews Southerly has published, often providing new writers with their first foray into publication. In their submissions of work for this issue, many writers recall the significance of these first works, some dating from 50 and 60 years ago. 

Alongside literary stalwarts, and in keeping with Southerly‘s committed practice, new writers reflect the matrices of contemporary Australia’s peoples and literatures. Juxtapositions of this kind are at the heart of Southerly‘s project and span the spectrum of writing across creative and critical modes.

Southerly also salutes the generations of readers who have engaged with this enterprise, the many who continue to access Southerly‘s formidable archive from 1939, and our current readership.


Jonathan Dunk: ‘Canto – Achilleus’
Gavin Yates: ‘Autogenic‘ & ‘Honeysuckle’
Bronwyn Lovell: ‘Prayer for the girl who is not a feminist’
Beth Spencer: ‘cool/green’
Usha Sista: ‘Rice Burnt
Toby Fitch: Chapter 5 of ‘The Or Tree’


Carol Lefevre: ‘The Blue Hour (Extract from a work-in-progress)’
Mark Peart: ‘Swain’s Reappearance: Traces from the Sodomitical Subculture of the Nineteenth Century Sydney
Emily Riches: ‘Resting Places’


Bon-Wai Chou: ‘Being Sylvia’
Martin Kovan: ‘An Island Emissary’
Oliver Wakelin: ‘Dublin’ 


Angela Rockel: of John Kinsella & Russell West-Pavlov, Temporariness: On the Imperatives of Place
Beth Spencer: of Anne Walsh, Intact
Jack Cameron Stanton: of Huo Yan, Dry Milk


Michelle de Kretser interviewed by Jack Cameron Stanton 
Margaret Atwood interviewed by Fiona Morrison


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