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Date: 1990-1994
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Date: 2011
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Issue Details: First known date: 1990-; Latest issue indexed: 2016 1990-
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When Michael Denholm returned to Tasmania in the late 1970s, he became involved in organising poetry readings. Discussions with poets and other writers led to a proposal for a new literary magazine to feature Tasmanian writers. With Andrew Sant and Tim Thorne, Denholm founded the Tasmanian Review, publishing the first issue in June 1979. In March 1981, the magazine was renamed Island Magazine, indicating a shift in editorial policy to produce a more national magazine.

Island Magazine published poems, short stories, articles, interviews, photographs and graphics. During the 1980s, the magazine exhibited a strong concern for ecological issues, supporting protests against the Tasmanian government's proposed damming of the Franklin River. But, reflecting the national character of the magazine, contributors during this period included Les Murray, Christopher Koch{n), Dorothy Green, Humphrey McQueen, Donald Horne, Frank Moorhouse, Gwen Harwood, Bernard Smith, Hugh Stretton, Tim Wintoni8), Olga Masters, Marion Halligan, John Forbes, Judith Beveridge2[), Geoff Page and Peter Porter.

In 1989 Denholm and Sant edited First Rights: A Decade of Island Magazine, bringing their term as editors of Island Magazine to a close. Cassandra Pybus was appointed editor and the magazine soon displayed the shortened title Island. During Pybus's term, circulation increased substantially and the reputation of the magazine grew to rival many of the older mainland literary quarterlies. But Pybus's editorial practices, which included employing non-Tasmanian guest editors, caused a conflict with members of the magazine's board who wanted to maintain a Tasmanian focus. In 1994 the board requested her resignation, ending Pybus's term in controversial circumstances, and prompting heated debates in mainland magazines.

Rodney Croome, a prominent Tasmanian gay rights activist, was appointed editor of Island after a short interim period. This coincided with mainland criticism that Island was fast becoming a parochial publication and did not deserve funding from the federal government. With the magazine in financial difficulty, the editorial board challenged this assertion, but, regardless, Croome followed an editorial policy that he later called 'Voicing the South'. In 1999, continuing financial difficulty influenced a 'strategic planning process' with the support of Arts Tasmania , resulting in a change of editorial policy to that originally voiced by Denholm and Sant: 'The two criteria which determine the selection of material for the journal are excellence and variety'. This policy was implemented by David Owen, who was appointed editor in late 1999.

Matthew Lamb was appointed Editorial Director and Features Editor in 2013. Geordie Williamson is the fiction editor, and Sarah Holland-Batt is the poetry editor. In 2015 Island stopped producing an online edition and expanded its print run significantly.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Editorial Matthew Lamb , 2015 single work essay
— Appears in: Island , no. 142 2015; (p. 6-7)
A Pair of Ragged Claws Stephen Romei , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 15-16 October 2011; (p. 27)
A column canvassing current literary news.
Australian Literary Journals : Virtual and Social Benjamin Laird , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , December vol. 36 no. 2011;
'Twenty years ago, if you published a quarterly literary journal, you could be certain what that meant: four issues a year. In 2003, when Anna Hedigan wrote her overview of journals and their web presence not much had changed. The publishers' attitude to the online space was that it was essentially a placeholder for the print journal.

Genevieve Tucker's review four years later suggested many of the journals were becoming more sophisticated, with more content online and greater interest in design. Relevant to the 2007 review, RMIT publishing announced in September that it had partnered to "produce a comprehensive digital archive of Australia's most iconic literary and cultural journals". This initiative will provide full archives for a number of Australian literary journals.' (Author's introduction)
For What It's Worth Sarah Kanowski , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island , Summer no. 127 2011; (p. 6-11)
No Magazine is An Island : Government and Little Magazines Stuart Glover , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island , Summer no. 127 2011; (p. 21-24)
Meanland : The Internet - Friend or Foe to the Small Magazine Ali Alizadeh , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , September 2011;
In Love with the Word : Poetry in Tasmania Lyn Reeves , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Stylus Poetry Journal , January no. 36 2010;
'It's a rainy Thursday evening in Salamanca Square. Writers congregate between the overflowing shelves and tables at Hobart Bookshop for the launch of the 40th issue of Famous Reporter. This much-loved journal, under the continuous editorship of literary devotee, Ralph Wessman, has given countless writers their first appearance in print for twenty-two years. Every issue features new and established talent and includes local, national and international voices in its pages.'
y Mapping Literature Infrastructure in Australia Wenche Ommundsen , Michael Jacklin , Australia Council , 2008 Z1543466 2008 single work criticism

'Literature infrastructure' refers to the organisations within the literature sector that actively support writers and their work: state writers' centres, Varuna - The Writers' Centre, the Australian Society of Authors, literary journals, genre-based organisations, and writers' festivals.

The study aims to determine where each organisation sits in the 'supply chain' of support and what contribution it makes to the literature sector as a whole: what services and opportunities are offered to writers, how it contributes to the training and development of writers, whether it contributes to readership/audience development or community engagement, the extent of its national/international reach and how well it is served by its operational, financial and governance model.

The research also seeks to identify trends in the sector as well as gaps in the support currently available to Australian writers.

Island Politics Gina Mercer , 2007 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 290 2007; (p. 5)
Editorial David Owen , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Island , Autumn no. 100 2005; (p. 5-6)
David Owen comments on the achievement of 100 issues of Island.
Beggars on the Street of Thought Stephen Alomes , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island , Winter no. 101 2005; (p. 26-31)
A Magazine Fighting Cultural Poverty Christopher Bantick , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 14 October 2001; (p. 52)
The Bomb-Thrower from Lower Snug David Leser , 1999 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 31 July 1999; (p. 21-27)
Margaret Scott : An Interview with Rosina Beaumont Rosina Beaumont , 1999 single work biography
— Appears in: Island , Spring/Summer no. 80/81 1999-2000; (p. 8-15)
Island Thoughts from Barcelona Stephen Alomes , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island , Spring/Summer no. 80/81 1999-2000; (p. 83-89)
Where's the Talent? Mark Thomas , 1999 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 11 September 1999; (p. 21)
Staying True to Her Story Jane Sullivan , 1998 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Age , 20 June 1998; (p. 6)
Found Stories of History Christopher Bantick , 1997 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 15 March 1997; (p. C11)
Stunned Reaction to Sacking Robert Hefner , 1994 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 June 1994; (p. 24)
'Island' at Sea after Editor Forced to Go Jane Sullivan , 1994 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 23 June 1994; (p. 19)
Literary Periodicals Judah Waten , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 28 January 1984; (p. 13)

— Review of Island 1990- periodical (98 issues); Scripsi vol. 2 no. 2-3 Spring 1983 periodical issue ; Overland no. 93 December 1983 periodical issue ; Meridian vol. 2 no. 2 October 1983 periodical issue ; Meanjin vol. 42 no. 4 Summer 1983 periodical issue ; Meanjin vol. 42 no. 3 Spring 1983 periodical issue
Editorial David Owen , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Island , Autumn no. 100 2005; (p. 5-6)
David Owen comments on the achievement of 100 issues of Island.
Beggars on the Street of Thought Stephen Alomes , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island , Winter no. 101 2005; (p. 26-31)
Stunned Reaction to Sacking Robert Hefner , 1994 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 June 1994; (p. 24)
'Island' at Sea after Editor Forced to Go Jane Sullivan , 1994 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 23 June 1994; (p. 19)
Found Stories of History Christopher Bantick , 1997 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 15 March 1997; (p. C11)
Island Politics Gina Mercer , 2007 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 290 2007; (p. 5)
y Mapping Literature Infrastructure in Australia Wenche Ommundsen , Michael Jacklin , Australia Council , 2008 Z1543466 2008 single work criticism

'Literature infrastructure' refers to the organisations within the literature sector that actively support writers and their work: state writers' centres, Varuna - The Writers' Centre, the Australian Society of Authors, literary journals, genre-based organisations, and writers' festivals.

The study aims to determine where each organisation sits in the 'supply chain' of support and what contribution it makes to the literature sector as a whole: what services and opportunities are offered to writers, how it contributes to the training and development of writers, whether it contributes to readership/audience development or community engagement, the extent of its national/international reach and how well it is served by its operational, financial and governance model.

The research also seeks to identify trends in the sector as well as gaps in the support currently available to Australian writers.

In Love with the Word : Poetry in Tasmania Lyn Reeves , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Stylus Poetry Journal , January no. 36 2010;
'It's a rainy Thursday evening in Salamanca Square. Writers congregate between the overflowing shelves and tables at Hobart Bookshop for the launch of the 40th issue of Famous Reporter. This much-loved journal, under the continuous editorship of literary devotee, Ralph Wessman, has given countless writers their first appearance in print for twenty-two years. Every issue features new and established talent and includes local, national and international voices in its pages.'
A Pair of Ragged Claws Stephen Romei , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 15-16 October 2011; (p. 27)
A column canvassing current literary news.
Australian Literary Journals : Virtual and Social Benjamin Laird , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , December vol. 36 no. 2011;
'Twenty years ago, if you published a quarterly literary journal, you could be certain what that meant: four issues a year. In 2003, when Anna Hedigan wrote her overview of journals and their web presence not much had changed. The publishers' attitude to the online space was that it was essentially a placeholder for the print journal.

Genevieve Tucker's review four years later suggested many of the journals were becoming more sophisticated, with more content online and greater interest in design. Relevant to the 2007 review, RMIT publishing announced in September that it had partnered to "produce a comprehensive digital archive of Australia's most iconic literary and cultural journals". This initiative will provide full archives for a number of Australian literary journals.' (Author's introduction)
For What It's Worth Sarah Kanowski , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island , Summer no. 127 2011; (p. 6-11)
No Magazine is An Island : Government and Little Magazines Stuart Glover , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Island , Summer no. 127 2011; (p. 21-24)
The Medium and the Message Stephen Knight , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Society , July 1991; (p. 40-41)
Robert's Quality Offering Takes Island High Spot Giles Hugo , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Saturday Mercury , 22 June 1991; (p. 23)
An Island Interlude Michael Denholm , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southerly , March vol. 53 no. 1 1993; (p. 133-138)
Literary Funding Thomas Shapcott , 1987 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Quadrant , July vol. 31 no. 7 1987; (p. 6)
Translating Australian Migrant Literature : A Process of Translation or Black-Translation? John Vasilakakos , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 48 no. 4 1989; (p. 706-712)
The Quiddities of Creativity Set to Words Peter Fuller , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 17 March 1991; (p. 23)
Writer's Return from Abyss Karen McGuinness , 1990 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25 August 1990; (p. 72)
Around the Journals : Getting Words Together Kate Ahearne , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June no. 71 1985; (p. 37-38)

PeriodicalNewspaper Details

ISSN: 1035-3127
Frequency:
Quarterly
Range:
No.43/44(1990)-
Continues:
Island Magazine and retains its numbering
Size:
27cm, 40-60 pages (1990-1995); 21cm, app 125 pages (1995-2003)
Price:
$5 (1990-1992); $7 (1992-1995); $7.95 (1995-1998); $8.95 (1998-2000); $10 (2000); $11 (2001); $11.95 (2002-2003)
Note:
Island home page archived by PANDORA: http://pandora.nla.gov.au/tep/24071
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