Long Paddock for Southerly 79.1: 80!

Southerly 79.1 80

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.

The journal is available to purchase here.


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Toby Fitch: “The Or Tree, Chapter 5”*
Beth Spencer: “cool / green”
Usha Sista: “Rice Burnt”
Bronwyn Lovell: “Prayer for the girl who is not a feminist”
Jonathan Dunk: “L’autre rive”
Gavin Yates: “Autogenic”


Emily Riches: “Resting Places”
Mark Peart: “Swain’s Reappearance: Traces from the sodomitical subculture of the nineteenth century Sydney”
Carole Lefevre: “The Blue Hour”


Oliver Wakelin: “Dublin”
Bon-Wai Chou: “Being Sylvia”
Martin Kovan: “An Island Emissary”


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


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

*Some files went AWOL when our site went down in 2021. We are endeavouring to relocate and return them to where they belong. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have a copy.


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