New Monthly Blogger: Chris Raja!

First off, we’d like to thank Sam Cooney for his excellent, stimluating posts. Next up we have Chris Raja, who was recently published in our 70.3 India India edition. His bio Chris Raja migrated to Melbourne from Calcutta in 1986, and almost twenty years later he moved again, further inland, living and working in Alice Springs since 2004. Chris is a teacher and a regular contributor to numerous magazines including Art Monthly Australia (for whom he is the NT Art Correspondent). The First Garden, a play by Chris Raja and his wife Natasha Raja, brings to life the extraordinary woman, that was, Miss Olive Muriel Pink. This season

June Monthly Blogger: Sam Cooney!

We had a wonderful month of thought-provoking posts from Phillip Ellis – thank you, Phillip. Next up, we have writer Sam Cooney, blogging for us all the way from Berlin. Here’s his bio: Sam Cooney is a freelance (underworking) writer and editor. Suckled and reared in Melbourne, he right now lives in Berlin, where he pretty much stands all day staring at the city like it’s one of those Magic Eye images from the 90s. Some recent-ish writings can be found in The Lifted Brow, Newswrite, The Rumpus and aroundabout the internet. He has recently edited fiction portfolios for The Lifted Brow and Overland, and has close (sexy)

Kevin Hart Reading at the University of Sydney

Kevin Hart, reknowned Australian poet and academic, will be giving a reading at the University of Sydney. Please come along! The reading will start promptly at 6pm. When: Wednesday June 8th, 6 – 7pm Where: Woolley Common Room, Woolley Buildlng, University of Sydney main campus

New Monthly Blogger – Phillip Ellis

Southerly’s Monthly Blogger program has got off to a brilliant start, thanks to the thoughtful, engaging and inspiring posts from Tracy Ryan. Thank you, Tracy! Next in our program is Phillip Ellis. Here’s his bio: Phillip A. Ellis is a freelance critic and scholar, and his poetry collection, The Flayed Man, has been published by Gothic Press. Gothic Press will also edit a collection of essays on Ramsey Campbell, that he is editing with Gary William Crawford. He is working on another collection, to appear through Diminuendo Press. Another collection has been accepted by Hippocampus Press, which has also published his

India India

From useful surveys of Indian-Australian literary relations to a challenging appraisal of the coverage of recent attacks on Indian students in Australia; from a resurrection of the Indian Mollie Skinner to a ground-breaking comparison of life writings by Aboriginal and Dalit/Untouchable women, plus a haunting and absorbing array of stories and poems from some of the most exciting contemporary Indian and Australian writers, India India not only presents a veritable feast from the subcontinent, but reflects just how deeply our cultures, literary and otherwise, are intertwined. An, as ever, there is a selection of the best new Australian writing, whatever its subject.

Our First Monthly Blogger: Tracy Ryan!

Tracy Ryan is our first monthly blogger. A poet, activist, academic, and many other things besides, she begins her posts on all things literary from this Friday, April 15th. So keep logging on from this Friday, as her posts are sure to be scintillating, insightful and fun. You can check out more about her in these two links: Remember, you’re welcome to comment on her posts.

Norma K Hemming Award 2011

Entries are open until 28th February 2011 for the Norma K Hemming Award for excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in works of speculative fiction published in Australia during calendar year 2010. This prestigious jury award, sponsored by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation, was first given at Aussiecon 4 (68th Worldcon in Melbourne in September 2010). The 2011 award will be presented at Swancon 36/Natcon 50 in Perth on 21-25th April 2011. Please visit: for entry terms and conditions. Please visit: to download an entry form.

Golden Tongues: The Arts of Translation