Southerly 68.1

Sister Arts

This issue focuses on the interconnections between literature, visual art and music in terms of collaboration, shared intensities, radical and defining differences. The essays consider a range of writers: Shirley Hazzard, Rosemary Dobson, Eleanor Dark and Dorothy Hewett and identify the large range of ways their writing takes on forms beyond or outside the accepted limits of literature. The issue also includes essays by practitioners reflecting on cross-genre connections in their own work, and others still on the role of book illustrations in the economy of literary readership and circulation. One of these essays analyses the nature of “gift” promised by the gift-book genre; the other, on the declining readership of Mary Grant Bruce’s Billabong series across the twentieth century, provides the cover of the issue. Much of the fiction and poetry included in the issue takes up the theme of artistic cross-over: from the literary articulation of musical experience to the dialogic connections and tensions between visual art and poetic form. The issue also contains non-themed work including exciting new fiction and poetry from established and emerging writers, and a reviews section.


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