Long Paddock for Southerly 79.2: Writing Through Fences

Southerly 79.2 cover

The island continent has created an archipelago of incarceration spanning from South East Asia, Micronesia and Melanesia in the Pacific, the Indian Ocean and across mainland Australia. This issue of Southerly, titled Writing Through Fences, is devoted entirely to the work of past and present refugees in these detention centres.

The records of their experiences are devastating; their creative responses, across genres and media, are astounding. The issue also includes responses from Australian writers, activists, essayists and students, who engage with refugee writing as well as the practices and consequences of refugee incarceration.

Writing Through Fences is guest edited by the writer-activists Hani Abdile, Behrouz Boochani, Janet Galbraith and Omid Tofighian. Two of these editors have direct experience of Australian refugee detention. Three have been displaced and exiled. All four have worked for years with refugees as translators, enablers and publishers to bring the creative voices of refugees into public view and circulation. This issue presents the greatest range of new refugee writing assembled to date in Australia.

Southerly 79.2 is available to purchase here. | Digital edition


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PROSE

Behrouz Boochani, Flower Love

Erfan Dana/Shams Hussaini, Narrative of the Displaced!

Genevieve Lloyd, No Friend but the Mountains: An “Australian” Reading

IQBAL (full name withheld), Bridging Visa

Mardin Arvin, Pokun the Little Black King

Mohamad Haghighi, Salute

Mostafa “Moz” Azimitabar, Gloves Off: Step Up to Power

Shaminda Kanapathi, A Lesson for Australia on Love and Community:
Can the Town of Biloela Help Free Their Tamil Friends from Australia’s Border Regime?

Mohammad (full name withheld), The Ocean a Nation of People

POETRY

Abdul Samad Haidari, A Silenced Massacre, 7:30pm Dahmardah

Hani Abdile, Dance

Janet Galbraith, Fists of the World

Niro (full name withheld), Thanking ASIO

Raha (real name withheld), Spring is Coming

Sriharan Ganeshan, Milk and Tears

PICTURES

Mostafa Faraji, Paintings

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