Critical Mass: Authority, Expertise, and Aesthetic Democracy

By James Jiang   “You don’t have to have read a book to have an opinion on it. … I don’t read novels. I prefer good literary criticism. That way, you get both the novelist’s ideas as well as the critic’s thinking.” So says Tom Townsend, the strait-laced Princeton...
New blogger- James Jiang

New blogger- James Jiang

Thanks to Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini for wrapping up 2017 with some insightful posts, and welcome to James Jiang, our first blogger for 2018. James Jiang completed his PhD in English at the University of Cambridge in 2016 and since returning to Australia has been...
Call For Papers: ‘Festschrift—David Brooks’

Call For Papers: ‘Festschrift—David Brooks’

  One of Australia’s finest writers of short stories, a poet with the ability to turn plain words into indelible cerebral images, and a novelist whose cut-glass prose turns the world strange and abyssal, David Brooks’ work has been widely anthologised,...
Old Narratives, New Narrators

Old Narratives, New Narrators

By Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini Karl-Heinz Stierle writes, “The prototype of the narrator, is the storyteller. We have a quite definite conception of him: he is old rather than young; in fairytales he is the kind uncle or—if it is a woman—the kind aunt or grandmother. He...
The Modern Persian Short Story

The Modern Persian Short Story

By Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini The modern Persian short story is almost a century old and arrived to Persia via the translation of writers such as Chekhov, Poe, Kafka, and Gogol. When in 20’s and 30’s the Iranian government aimed at modernising the country it allowed...

Marten Bequest Scholarship – Call for Applications

Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas or interstate. Applications to the Marten Bequest Scholarship are now open and will close on...
The Female Voice in Contemporary Persian Literature

The Female Voice in Contemporary Persian Literature

By Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini A new diverse and dynamic literary landscape has emerged since the 1978-79 revolution in Iran, “…a fusion of creative resistance and resistant creatively[1].” New male and female writers have succeeded in bringing fresh aesthetic principals...

Reading Under Candlelight

By Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini During the war between Iran and Iraq (1980-1988), there were constant curfews and darkness. My family used one of our big family rooms to sit, eat, read and even sleep in. At night, it was like a dark classroom with students from different...
New monthly blogger- Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini!

New monthly blogger- Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini!

Our thanks to Chloe Wilson for a great series of posts. Southerly’s blogger for December is Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini. Nasrin Mahoutchi-Hosaini writes in Persian and English. Her short stories have been published in anthologies such as HEAT, Southerly, and...
Post (mortem) cards #4: Hodie Mihi, Cras Tibi

Post (mortem) cards #4: Hodie Mihi, Cras Tibi

By Chloe Wilson I attended Catholic schools and went through all their various rituals: dreaming up things to confess to our sleepy parish priest; allowing communion wafers to adhere to my palate; flicking through hymn books to find the most amusing hymn to request...
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