August Blogger: Jill Jones

Many thanks to Michelle Cahill for her excellent, thought-provoking posts. Our next blogger is Jill Jones. Jill Jones has published six full-length books of poetry including Dark Bright Doors, 2010; Broken/Open, 2005; Screens Jets Heaven: New and Selected Poems, 2002; The Book of Possibilities, 1997; Flagging Down Time, 1993; and The Mask and the Jagged Star, 1992. She has also published a number of chapbooks including Senses Working Out, Vagabond Press, 2012, and Struggle and Radiance: Ten Commentaries, Wild Honey Press, Eire, 2004. A new full-length book, Ash Is Here, So Are Stars, is due in later 2012. Her major

Wasafiri writing prize closing tomorrow

Wasafiri, the magazine of international new writing, is running their annual writing prize. The magazine has been publishing quality creative works and critical pieces by writers from around the world since 1984. Previous contributors have included Nadine Gordimer, Keri Hulme, Michael Ondaatje, Zadie Smith and John Mateer, who have been featured alongside new up-and-coming writers. Check out the competition details below: Wasafiri launched the New Writing Prize in 2009 and in its short four years, the prize has already helped the writing careers of previous winners like the Ireland-based Jaki McCarrick and the Saudi-born British poet Rowyda Amin.  The competition

A Nest of Bunyips

Bunyip: (say ‘bunyuhp) noun 1. an imaginary creature of Aboriginal legend, said to haunt rushy swamps and billabongs. 2. Obsolete a full-grown beast (def. 2) which has remain unbranded. 3. Obsolete an impostor. [Aborig.; Wathawurung] Bunyips, apparently, are nocturnal creatures known to haunt waterholes. It’s been suggested that there are more than a couple of Australian poets to whom this description might apply. This, certainly, is a rich poetry issue, a nest-full of the finest new writing, from Jennifer Maiden, John Kinsella, Maria Takolander, Michael Farrell, Craig Powell, Michael Sharkey, Kate Middleton and many others (several of them quite tee-totalling), plus essays by Kevin Hart on A.D. Hope, Lachlan Brown on

‘Rawshock’ by Toby Fitch — Book launch

Please join us for the launch of Rawshock, by our poetry reviews editor Toby Fitch, When: Sunday April 22 from 2pm Where: Brett Whiteley Studio, 2 Raper St, Surry Hills Using the Rorschach inkblots as metaphors, conjuring the wondrous and the monstrous in his poems, Toby Fitch brings a unique vision to Australian poetry. Old modes of expression—such as the mythic, the romantic, the symbolic and the surreal—are revived and reshaped in poems that mythologise love, anxiety, the self and city living, dovetailing inner and outer worlds with a healthy antipodean dose of absinthe and pattern poetry.

Errata 71.2, A Handful of Sand

We have been notified of a number of errors and omissions in Southerly 71.2 A Handful of Sand.  Please find the corrections below and accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience. Correction for Kerry Reed-Gilbert and bios for Jannali Jones and Brenda Saunders* Full text for Natalie Harkin, White Picket Fence Full text for Brenda Saunders, Looking for Bulin Bulin* *These items may have been lost when our site went down in 2021. We are endeavouring to relocate missing files and return them to where they belong. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have a copy you previously

Adelaide launch at the Spirit Festival of Southerly 71.2 A Handful of Sand

Please come to the Spirit Festival launch of Southerly 71.2 A Hand of Sand, with local writers and readers from the Nunga community. There will be some refreshments provided, and the issue will be sold at the special launch price of $25. Where: The Spirit Festival, Mullawirraburka Park (Rymill Park), Rundle Street When: 11:30am, Sunday February 26th 2012 Website:

A Handful of Sand reviewed at Overland

Check out Jennifer Mills’ great review of 71.2 A Handful of Sand on the Overland blog!

Please come to the launch of Southerly 71.2 A Handful of Sand: Words to the frontline

Southerly is delighted to invite you to the launch for its latest issue, 71.2 A Handful of Sand: Words to the frontline. There will be readings, nibbles, and general bonhomie. Please join us! When: Thursday February 2nd, 5:30 for 6pm Where: Woolley Common Room, John Woolley Building upstairs, University of Sydney Map: RSVP: Please use CONTACT US form Site: A Handful of Sand is an extraordinary editorial achievement by two of our finest poets, Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty. This issue of Southerly brings to its reader a rich and striking cross-section of the poetry, fiction, essays and memoir of Australia’s

A Handful of Sand: words to the frontline

First 2012 bloggers – Kate Livett and Toby Fitch!

Thank you, Angela Meyer, for your wonderful posts at the end of last year. Our bloggers for January are Southerly’s new reviews editors. Kate Livett is our Fiction and Prose Reviews Editor, and Toby is our Poetry Reviews Editor. Their bios are below.   Kate Livett wrote her PhD on Gertrude Stein and the fetishisms of Modernity. She lectured in English Literature and Communications for several years at UNSW and then several more at ACU. Kate has published in the areas of Modernism, Animal Studies and Cultural Studies, and is now enjoying a rest from teaching in her role as