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Southerly – Festschrift David Brooks

This issue of Southerly pays tribute to David Brooks, who is retiring as editor after two decades’ stewardship. It includes poetry, fiction, essays and memoir that interweave readings of David’s work with accounts of the various literary communities that David has worked in over four decades from Canberra to North America, Perth, Slovenia, Sydney and now, Katoomba. Together, these pieces create a world of a very specific kind, one populated by words and word people and the currents between them in specific times and places. They also enable us to draw out recurrent themes and practices.

The issue is a tribute and a celebration of a creative literary life. We are reminded of the etymology of the word text, from weaving. The issue shows one remarkable textual practice that weaves through the literary page and daily life to community and culture, including this journal. The issue also includes unthemed work across all categories including reviews.

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About the Author

David Brooks

David Brooks is a poet, novelist, short fiction writer and essayist. He has taught literature at various Australian universities and is Honorary Associate Professor of Australian Literature at the University of Sydney. A vegan and animal rights advocate, he lives in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, and spends a portion of each year in a village on the coast of Slovenia. He has been called ‘one of the quiet masters of Australian poetry’, and ‘one of Australia’s most skilled, unusual and versatile writers’ (Sydney Morning Herald). Pangea, a major Italian literary website, recently described him as ‘the most...

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