Southerly 79.1


Southerly has turned 80! Founded in 1939, Southerly has been published continuously for fully four score years. This is a cause for great celebration; we salute the many, many writers whose poetry, fiction, essays and reviews Southerly has published, often providing new writers with their first foray into publication. In their submissions of work for this issue, many writers recall the significance of these first works, some dating from 50 and 60 years ago.

Alongside literary stalwarts, and in keeping with Southerly‘s committed practice, new writers reflect the matrices of contemporary Australia’s peoples and literatures. Juxtapositions of this kind are at the heart of Southerly‘s project and span the spectrum of writing across creative and critical modes.

Southerly also salutes the generations of readers who have engaged with this enterprise, the many who continue to access Southerly‘s formidable archive from 1939, and our current readership.

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jenni nixon: “what is old is new again”
Stuart Barnes: “pork chops” 
Leila Lois: “Hêv”
joanne burns “wraps”
Brownyn Lovell  “Fucking Lucky”
Colleen Z Burke “Winners and losers” 
Sarah Hart: “Your Name Here”
Beth Spencer: “Explant (caveat emptor)”
Gavin Yates: “Napoléon”
Jane Gibian: “Less golden”
Anne Elvey: “Grevillea Robusta”
Dave Drayton: “the main artefacts are very archaic”
Jaya Savige: “Coonoowrin”
Jocelyn Deane: “Staying in a place/England”
Marie Dustmann: “A well-appointed Road”
Kevin Densley: “For Bad Behaviour”
Grace Yee: “greener”
Tug Dumbly: “Biology”


Mandy Sayer: “The Dinner Party”
J.M. Donellan: “Progeny”
H.C. Gildfind: “All of this, everything”
David Dick: “Being Matt Preston”
Jack Cameron Stanton: “Goodbye, Laurence”


Michelle Vlatkovic: “Birralii Biyuu”
John Stephenson: “The Man Who Would be Auden”
David Brooks: “A Bell Note”
Hannah Fink: “Editing Daniel”
Richard Nile: “Desert Worlds”
Jumana Bayeh: “Australian Literature and the Arab-Australian Migrant Novel”
Alison Hoddinott: “Poetry and Musicophobia”


Roslyn Jolly of James Halford’s Requiem with Yellow Butterflies
Jennifer Livett of Andrew McGahan The Rich Man’s House
Margaret Bradstock of Joanne Burns Apparently
Michelle Cahill of David Brooks The Grass Library
Frances Devlin-Glass of Lynda Ng (ed) Indigenous Transnationalism: Alexis Wright’s Carpentaria
Leigh Dale of Tony Birch The White Girl 
Carole Ferrier of Kathleen Mary Fallon A fixed place: The long and short of story
Kerrie Davies of Jessica White Hearing Maud 
Toby Fitch of Dave Drayton P(oe)Ms
Oliver Wakelin of  Luke Carman Intimate Antipathies


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