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The future of Southerly

The future of Southerly

Southerly is seeking funds to enable it to continue publishing in 2020. We stress that Southerly editors are themselves not paid. All money goes to writers, to the production and distribution of the issues and a small amount to administration. We also seek ideas from our wide national and international readership re securing Southerly’s future.

Muttersprache

Muttersprache

I scan the textbook looking for any flickers of familiarity, of words I might have seen before or words that resemble English in some way. There are a few of those like Sohn, son, Bruder, brother, Mutter, mother. Would the unfamiliar words make more sense if my grandfather had kept his native tongue rather than disown it when he arrived in Australia?

Kuitpo

Kuitpo

His name was changed from Pollnow, German, dating back to the eighteenth century, to Peters, assigned with little more than an up and down glance. My grandfather, along with seven other young Jewish refugees, was cautioned against revealing any trace of their foreignness. Assimilation has always been Australia’s policy.

Part 3

Part 3

In considering only the alphabetic aspects of the postcodes one half of their narrative and poetic potential was potentially being overlooked. Some quick calculations confirmed this, and the need to dig a little deeper.

Part 2

Part 2

On occasion the threads braid together and present a knot or a node or an answer. Halfway through the 13 September 1967 issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly is a promotion for a storytelling game called Postcode, which requires entrants to spin a yarn with postcodes in place of a few key words.

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