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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Southerly is looking for an Administrator

Southerly is seeking the services of an Administrator for 5 months from September 2016. This role involves between ten to fourteen hours per week. Specific duties include:
  1. Correspondence with all editors, contributors, agencies, and general public, both email and postal;
  2. Maintenance of the subscription list;
  3. All banking and financial transactions, including processing all sales and subscriptions, payment of authors, collating and preparing material for the financial auditor, quarterly reconciliations with other literary journals, monthly statement audits;
  4. Online and technical management, including posting blogs and other announcements on the website and on Facebook and Twitter, website maintenance, maintenance of the online store;
  5. Submissions maintenance, including corresponding with potential authors regarding submissions as queries arise and checking the online submissions system;
  6. Assisting the editors prepare grant applications and acquittals;
  7. Preparing audits for the Australia Council on each published issue;
  8. Organisation of the issue mail out;
  9. Preparing reports on Southerly’s activities for the quarterly board meetings of the English Association.
  10. Filing
The position will involve one day of paid training.
Please send a brief CV and a covering letter outlining your ability to take on these tasks by 31 May 2016 to admin [at] Please use the subject heading Southerly admin role.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Jeanette Wintersun on Arts Funding

The arts aren’t a luxury activity. They are central to life. Art is the part of us that is met, and that can't be met in the outside world.
Jeanette Winterson answers a question from the audience about arts funding,
as part of her Wheeler Centre event (16 May 2016)

Read on HERE

Saturday, May 21, 2016

from the desk of Pam Brown ...

dear friends & readers,

Melbourne poet Michael Farrell 
& Sydneysider Pam Brown 
will be reading from their work

on monday evening may 23 at 5.30pm
at The Common Room
Upstairs at the Woolley Building
Science Road 
University of Sydney

it's free 
everyone is welcome to come along


My wife returns home from a short walk to our main street: ‘It’s like a festival day. People are out and about and drinking coffee and having cups of tea and chatting in the sunshine.’ We’re hanging out the sheets and I am wondering if the citizens are just hoodwinked – ‘There’s a bit of a breeze but it’s lovely’ - if the easy domestic life of this small Australian country town is blinded by comfort from the wars and strife of so many countries and the troubled peoples of the world.

- Andrew Burke

Monday, May 16, 2016


Help Save Meanjin

By now you will probably have heard the rather sobering news that Meanjin’s application for four-year funding from the Australia Council has been rejected.
This is serious.
Meanjin has enjoyed some measure of Commonwealth support since 1961, with contributions from the Australia Council since 1974.
Until this latest round of grants, Meanjin was considered one of the Australia Council’s key organisations. Under the new four-year funding regime, Meanjin had applied for an increase in its annual funding from $62,000 a year to $95,000. The numbers aren’t huge.
The search for new funding avenues continues. Meanjin enjoys the support of the University of Melbourne, and benefits greatly from its enduring association with Melbourne University Publishing.
All that said, the hard fact is that without a new source of funds, Meanjin’s 76th year of publication may well be its last.
In the days since the Australia Council decision we have been heartened by the messages of encouragement from readers and supporters of Meanjin. Some have suggested that we embark on a crowdfunding program.
We agree.
Meanjin June 2016Happily a crowdfunding model for Meanjin already exists: subscription.
A payment of $80 will help secure the future of this magazine, and it will also see the next four Meanjins delivered to you door.
There has never been a better time to subscribe to one of Australia’s leading magazines of literature and ideas … never better, and never more important.
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