Southerly is out of lockdown!

After suspending publication for all of 2020 and most of 2021, we are delighted to announce that Southerly is in production again. Issue 79.2: Writing Through Fences—Archipelago of Letters is now available in print and digital formats, and 79.3: The Way We Live Now is currently in production for release in December as an online issue. The Southerly website has been thoroughly revamped to make for easier access and smoother running. This is a work in progress – recent issues and their associated Long Paddock content have been made properly accessible once more, along with shop and subscription functions –…

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Long Paddock for Southerly 69.1: Animal

Where dwells the animal in Australian thought? The vast majority of that thought goes not to consideration of the species barrier, or to matters of animal cruelty and animal rights, but to the marketing of animal products. Yet certain Australians have been at the forefront of animal rights issues in recent times – Peter Singer, J. M Coetzee, David Malouf, A. D. Hope, J. S. Harry and others. This issue includes stimulating contributions from Dominic Hyde on Richard Sylvan and Val Plumwood, major figures in the critique of anthrocentrism; Helen Tiffin on Peter Goldsworthy; and essays by Yvonne Smith on…

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Long Paddock for Southerly 79.2: Writing Through Fences

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…

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Oliver Wakelin, Reviews Editor

Oliver Wakelin is a PhD candidate at UNSW, a USYD law grad, and a fiction reader at Overland. His reviews have appeared in Southerly, Audrey Journal, ArtsHub, Australian Arts Review, and elsewhere. Short stories in Southerly, Seizure, TEXT and Overland. A couple of his plays have been read at Sport For Jove Theatre Company, where he is the literary manager. His novel Aos Sí was selected for the longlist of the Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award.

Fiona Morrison, Non-Fiction Editor

Fiona Morrison is a Senior Lecturer in the School of the Arts and Media at UNSW, where she has taught and supervised in the areas of postcolonial and world literatures, Australian literature and women’s writing. Her research has included work on twentieth century Australian women writers, including Henry Handel Richardson, Christina Stead and Dorothy Hewett. Her most recent book was Christina Stead and the Matter of America (SUP, 2019), and she is currently working on a project that examines representations of provincial modernity in Richardson’s trilogy, The Fortunes of Richard Mahony.

Debra Adelaide, Fiction Editor

Debra Adelaide’s literary career commenced in the late 1980s, and since then she has been a freelance writer, book reviewer, editor, researcher, and finally an academic. She studied at the University of Sydney, where she also worked as a tutor in the English department in the early 1980s and completed a doctorate in Australian literature in 1990. Her latest books are Zebra and The Innocent Reader, both published by Picador. Her first novel, The Hotel Albatross, was published in 1995. Prior to that she was the author of Australian Women Writers, a bibliographic guide, and editor of the collection A Bright and Fiery Troop (1988), which was part…

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Kate Lilley, Poetry Editor

Kate Lilley is a poet and academic. She is a member of the English Department of the University of Sydney. Her first book of poems, Versary (Salt 2002), won the Grace Leven Prize and was short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Awards, 2002. Widely anthologised, her second book, Ladylike, is forthcoming from Salt. She has also edited Dorothy Hewett: Selected Poems (UWAP 2010) and the Penguin Classics edition of Margaret Cavendish: The Blazing World and other writings.

Elizabeth McMahon, Editor

Elizabeth McMahon teaches in the English program at the University of New South Wales, specifically Australian literature, women’s writing and critical theory. Her most research and writing focuses on Australia’s island imaginary and how imaginative geography has shaped Australian literature. With Brigitta Olubas she edited Women Making Time: Contemporary Feminist Critique and Cultural Analysis (2006) and Remembering Patrick White: Contemporary Critical Essays (2010). Before taking the co-editorship of Southerly, she edited Australian Humanities Review from 1997-2007.

The Way We Live Now: Call for Papers 2021

An online issue edited by Melissa Hardie and Kate Lilley In this first fully online issue in Southerly’s 80-year history we seek to create a space to document, imagine and urgently address the way we live now. At a time when states of precarity, inhospitality, upheaval and emergency have become everyday characteristics of life, how are Australians faring? We encourage creative and critical submissions to sit alongside commissioned work by established and emerging writers. In particular we call for shorter responses (1-3 pages) on how to live in and through isolation/dislocation, what makes life liveable, and what kinds of ‘we’ are…

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