“The Shell Road Atlas” by Andrew Taylor

“The Shell Road Atlas” by Andrew Taylor

Nowhere along here do the maps offer much more than a hope we’re heading the right way. Each page offers a new start and confirmation of the Irish saying ‘If you want to get there you shouldn’t be starting from here.’ The place names are printed so small they’re...
Dodge Rose: Heretical Modernism by Jonathan Dunk

Dodge Rose: Heretical Modernism by Jonathan Dunk

Words || Jonathan Dunk  It’s been ubiquitously noted that the publication of Jack Cox’s Dodge Rose in 2016 bucked a number of Auslit publication trends, and some international formal ones. Beginning with the obvious, it was published by Dalkey Archive in the US before...
Podcast: David Brooks reads poems from ‘Open House’

Podcast: David Brooks reads poems from ‘Open House’

Podcast duration: 16 mins  This issue of Southerly pays tribute to David Brooks, who is retiring as editor after two decades’ stewardship. It includes poetry, fiction, essays and memoir that interweave readings of David’s work with accounts of the various...
Neurological Illness in Australian Fiction

Neurological Illness in Australian Fiction

I don’t read fiction about illness much. I know that’s not what you expected, as it goes directly against the premise of this essay. But fiction allows me to inhabit another body; it’s a luxury. I’m not sure I want to read about a body that is ill like mine. Thinking...
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