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?...
Cashing in on Refugees

Cashing in on Refugees

Monikka Eliah Hey Debby, it’s not cute to perpetuate stereotypes about other communities and capitalise on their experiences by opting to tell their stories—so quit it. In recent years, the conversation of who can tell what stories has become more frequent. As we move...
Anzac Day Blues

Anzac Day Blues

Mark Mordue Another Anzac Day comes on down the pipe. It always feels like the real Australia Day to me. As if some essence of who we are can still be found amid the twisted celebrations and misdirected attacks. They should put those initials on the coins in a game of...
My Spine, Your Pillow

My Spine, Your Pillow

Daniel John Pilkington When the sun sets and everything is cellophane Exquisite adjectives Velleity Thoughts that make us feel younger Names for stray cats Dumplings Psilocybin The significance of hair The heating should be more than quiet A hierarchy of...
Winner of 2019 Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry

Winner of 2019 Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry

Southerly congratulates our Poetry Editor, Kate Lilley, for winning the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry for her collection Tilt (Vagabond Press). Tilt is a complex poetic exploration of types of abuse; an archive of memory. It’s divided into three...
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