The Green Country

The Green Country

Fiona Wright   I’m travelling in England, a place I’ve never before been – I’ve kept mostly, in the past, to places that are cheap and warm, and more obviously, more decidedly different from my home – and people keep telling me it’s surprising that this is my first...
On Poetry and Essays

On Poetry and Essays

Fiona Wright I’ve always –at least, since I started writing essays, about seven years ago – believed that the essay form has a lot in common with poetry, despite the ostensible differences between them. Mainly this is because I think they use a similar logic – one...
On Not Writing a Book

On Not Writing a Book

Fiona Wright Every time I finish writing a book a very specific dread descends upon me. Every time I finish writing a book I feel emptied out. Excited for the book that is, of course, and pleased to see it making its way out into the world – there isn’t a joy quite...
Allies in Creative Writing

Allies in Creative Writing

Author and teacher Amra Pajalic responds to Monikka Eliah’s piece titled Obstacles in Creative Writing about the role of English teachers when teaching creative writing. Words || Amra Pajalic I teach my Year 8 English as an Additional Language (EAL) class in a small...
Call For Papers: Southerly’s 80th Anniversary Issue

Call For Papers: Southerly’s 80th Anniversary Issue

Southerly is turning 80 and you are invited to contribute to the anniversary issue! We are especially interested in work about anniversaries, cultural and literary elders, longevity, legacies and renewal, late style, cultures of small literary magazines in Australia,...
Obstacles in Creative Writing

Obstacles in Creative Writing

Monikka Eliah My friend Sarah and I ran a creative writing workshop out of a musty classroom in the Western suburbs. We were told that the students had limited English skills. So I spent the two weeks prior texting my aunt for Arabic translations of English and...
New and Dying Again: on first hearing FKA Twigs’ Cellophane

New and Dying Again: on first hearing FKA Twigs’ Cellophane

Mark Mordue She has something new to offer. Can she be new again? I mean ‘new’ in the sense of reborn. ‘New’ as in alive once more. She sings this phrase over and over till it turns into a circle: Why don’t I do it for you? Why didn’t I? Why won’t I? Why didn’t you?...
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