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Southerly (journal)

Southerly is an Australian literary magazine, established in the 1930s.[1][2] It is published in hardcopy and online three times a year, and carries fiction and poetry by established and new authors as well as reviews and critical essays. The Long Paddock is an online supplement, carrying additional material.

Southerly began in 1932[3] as a four page bulletin of the Sydney branch of the London-based English Association, an organisation dedicated to preserving the purity of the English language. R. G. Howarth, lecturer in English at the University of Sydney, was the founding editor and continued as editor until he left Sydney in 1955. He published European and Australian literature together and wished to encourage 'cultural good relations between the mother and daughter countries'.[1] The focus was on literature itself; the magazine was apolitical and non-ideological.[4] Kenneth Slessor was editor from 1956 to 1961, and added the subtitle 'a review of Australian literature' and the academic discussion of local literature continued to develop as a focus. G.A. Wilkes was editor from 1962 to 1986, and Elizabeth Webby from 1987.[4] It is currently edited by David Brooks and Elizabeth McMahon.[2]

A connection to the University of Sydney has been maintained over the years.[1] The magazine is assisted by the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts advisory and support organisation, the New South Wales Ministry for the Arts and the School of English, Art, History, Film and Media, University of Sydney.[2]

The title refers to a front of cold air coming from the south, bringing a quick cooling, and tempestuous conditions, after the heat of the day, referred to in Sydney as "Southerly busters".


  1. ^ a b c Australian government culture and recreation portal
  2. ^ a b c Southerly home page
  3. ^ "Australian Magazines of the Twentieth Century". Austlit. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Southerly index page


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