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Rediscovering Elizabeth Harrower

Image: Elizabeth Harrower photographed returning to Australia in 1959 on board the Southern Cross. Courtesy of Elizabeth Harrower Elizabeth Harrower’s writing has engaged and challenged her readers since she began publishing in the late 1950s. Her work is concerned with the moral and existential challenges that arise from experiences of romance, family life, and personal aspiration. Her narratives blend together the private and public, bringing together the shared public spaces of the contemporary postwar world with the intense interior lives of her characters. Join Sydney University Press for a celebration of Elizabeth Harrower’s work. The evening will feature readings of

Varuna Announces New Program of Indigenous Fellowships

Indigenous writers will be able to apply for new fellowships under an exciting new program developed by the National Writers’ House Varuna, Magabala Books, Sydney University and the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. “Australian Indigenous writing continues to represent some of the most vibrant and significant work taking place in Australia today, and Varuna is committed to supporting this work” said Veechi Stuart, Executive Director, Varuna. “A $30,000 grant over three years has enabled us to announce the inaugural Copyright Agency Fellowships for First Nations Writers.” The program invites both unpublished and published Indigenous writers to apply for a one-week residency

New monthly blogger – Mark Steven!

A big thank-you to our last monthly blogger, Jessica White, for her insightful posts. Our blogger for October is Mark Steven. Mark Steven is a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of New South Wales. His research is focused on the narrative forms of class warfare. He has two books due out in 2017: Red Modernism: American Poetry and the Spirit of Communism (Johns Hopkins UP) and Splatter Capital (Repeater).

Call For Papers: ‘The Lives of Others: Trans-generational Negotiations.’

‘Doesn’t a breath of the air that pervaded earlier days caress us as well? In the voices we hear, isn’t there an echo of now silent ones? . . . If so, then there is a secret agreement between past generations and the present one. Then our coming was expected on earth.’ (Walter Benjamin) What does it mean to be in secret agreement with people and places that came before? To recognize that coming after is a matter not just of influence, but also the taking on of certain obligations—for example, to return, to pay tribute, to make amends, to

Call for Papers: Comedy and Errors

Show us your funnies! Southerly is looking for a small number of essays and memoir, poems and short fiction on the theme of Comedy and Errors. From the laugh-out-loud to the wryly ironic, from biting satire to gag-a-minute, Southerly 77.3 Comedy & Errors considers comedy in all its forms. Comedy as genre, as a mode of cultural critique, as a reflection and a prediction, we want your work on textual laughs. We’re looking for diverse voices, historical perspectives and considerations of the role of comedy in the development of Australian literature. Please contact editor Elizabeth McMahon (e.mcmahon@unsw.edu.au) if you have

New monthly blogger – Jessica White!

An enormous thanks to David Musgrave for his fascinating posts. Our newest monthly blogger is Jessica White. Her bio is below. Jessica is the author of A Curious Intimacy and Entitlement. Her short stories, essays and poems have appeared widely in Australian and international literary journals and she has won awards, funding and residencies. She has recently completed a literary memoir, Hearing Maud: A Journey for a Voice, and is currently an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Queensland, where she is writing an ecobiography of 19th century Western Australian botanist Georgiana Molloy. Jessica can be found at www.jessicawhite.com.au

July Monthly Blogger – David Musgrave!

A huge thanks to Marija Peričić for her excellent posts. Our blogger this month is David Musgrave. You can read all about him below: David Musgrave has published six collections of poetry, the most recent being Anatomy of Voice (GloriaSMH, 2016) and a novel, Glissando (Sleepers, 2010) and was co-editor and publisher of the anthology Contemporary Australian Poetry, published by Puncher & Wattmann, which he founded in 2005. He teaches creative writing at the University of Newcastle.  

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June Monthly Blogger – Marija Peričić

Marija Peričić is a writer based in Melbourne. Her first novel, The Lost Pages, won The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award 2017, and is published by Allen & Unwin.

Call for Papers: The Long Apprenticeship

Southerly calls for papers for their new issue, 77.2 The Long Apprenticeship.For this issue, Southerly seeks writing from students from secondary and tertiary students, as well as established writers. The techno-driven, identity- and flag-obsessed, post-modern, post-human, post-capitalist, post-truth world fissures thinking from making, craft from responsibility. Writing is the time to think deeply upon world and language, the fusing of thinking and making. The journey from fledgling writer to author is often long, beset by hardships, both existential and economic, and too often only ends with death, or defeat (not mutually exclusive). Yet Creative Writing is the growing discipline of