y Makar periodical  
Date: 1960
Date: 1961
Date: 1962-1963
Date: 1963-1965
Date: 1965-1966
Date: 1966-1967
Date: 1968
Date: 1969-1970
Date: 1971-1972
Date: 1973
Date: 1974-1975
Date: 1976-1979
Date: 1980
Issue Details: First known date: 1960; Latest issue indexed: 1980 1960
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y Makar vol. 14 no. 3 September 1980 Z621686 1980 periodical issue
y Makar vol. 14 no. 2 June 1980 Z592809 1980 periodical issue
y Makar vol. 14 no. 1 January 1980 Z591155 1980 periodical issue
y Makar vol. 13 no. 3 June 1978 Z590911 1978 periodical issue
y Makar vol. 13 no. 2 February 1978 Z613246 1978 periodical issue

AbstractHistoryArchive Description

Makar was established in 1960 as a student run magazine of the English Society of the University of Queensland. Taking its title from the middle-Scots word for maker, it published poetry, fiction, drama and criticism. Graham Rowlands was appointed editor soon after the magazine changed to a smaller format in 1966. Then, in 1968, Martin Duwell was appointed editor, beginning his long association with the magazine. By the early 1970s the poetry published in Makar had evolved, according to Robert Habost in his 1982 assessment for Image, 'from the "gushy", "high flying", imagistic, traditional rhyming verse' of the early 1960s 'to ... stark, concise, condensed verse'.

Makar appeared four times a year until 1972 when one of the four was replaced with three small books of poetry produced for the Gargoyle Poet Series published by Makar Press. Poets who were published in this series include Graham Rowlands, Alan Wearne, Peter Annand, Antigone Kefala, Rae Desmond Jones, Kris Hemensley, Eric Beach, John Tranter, Philip Neilsen, Jennifer Maiden, John Scott and Geoff Page.

In a 1977 survey for Australian Literary Studies, Duwell characterised the magazine as a 'forum approach' in contrast to a 'manifesto magazine', accepting a wide variety of forms and subjects. Critics saw this plurality as a sign of the magazine's lack of direction. But Duwell, while accepting that such an approach might not give the magazine a lasting reputation, argued that Makar provided a useful representation of the variety of contemporary creative writing.

Makar also conducted a significant series of interviews with contemporary writers, some of which were published in A Possible Contemporary Poetry (1982). In his introduction to this volume, Duwell imagined the Makar audience as 'reasonably intelligent, willing, but puzzled' about the 'profound and acrimonious disagreement about the nature and role of poetry and language'. It was to such debates that Makar addressed itself. The last issue of Makar appeared in September 1980.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1960

Works about this Work

Antigone Kefala : Alien Poet Kristian Radford , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fryer Folios , June vol. 6 no. 1 2011; (p. 7-9) Antigone Kefala : A Writer's Journey 2013; (p. 199-204)
UQ student from the school of English, Media Studies and Art History, Kristian Radford, writes about Antigone Kefala's book, The Alien.
The Development and Significance of the Poetry in Makar Robert Silverton Morison , 1982 single work
— Appears in: Image , vol. 5 no. 2 1982; (p. 7-12)
Makar Martin Duwell , 1977 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 8 no. 2 1977; (p. 217-219)
What's In a Name? Stanley Gerson , 1971 single work
— Appears in: Makar , vol. 7 no. 2 1971; (p. 7-8)
y University of Queensland. English Society. Records University of Queensland. English Society , 1966-1980 Z1102595 1966-1980 collection Collection comprises manuscripts, typescripts, financial records, newspaper cuttings and proofs of publications. Makar began in 1961 as an in-house magazine for the English Society of the University of Queensland. It became a commercial enterprise in 1972. The magazine published original verse and prose, as well as interviews and reviews. The 'Gargoyle Poets' series was published by the Makar Press. The series lasted for over seven years and produced thirty-seven volumes.
y University of Queensland. English Society. Records University of Queensland. English Society , 1966-1980 Z1102595 1966-1980 collection Collection comprises manuscripts, typescripts, financial records, newspaper cuttings and proofs of publications. Makar began in 1961 as an in-house magazine for the English Society of the University of Queensland. It became a commercial enterprise in 1972. The magazine published original verse and prose, as well as interviews and reviews. The 'Gargoyle Poets' series was published by the Makar Press. The series lasted for over seven years and produced thirty-seven volumes.
Antigone Kefala : Alien Poet Kristian Radford , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fryer Folios , June vol. 6 no. 1 2011; (p. 7-9) Antigone Kefala : A Writer's Journey 2013; (p. 199-204)
UQ student from the school of English, Media Studies and Art History, Kristian Radford, writes about Antigone Kefala's book, The Alien.
What's In a Name? Stanley Gerson , 1971 single work
— Appears in: Makar , vol. 7 no. 2 1971; (p. 7-8)
The Development and Significance of the Poetry in Makar Robert Silverton Morison , 1982 single work
— Appears in: Image , vol. 5 no. 2 1982; (p. 7-12)
Makar Martin Duwell , 1977 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 8 no. 2 1977; (p. 217-219)

PeriodicalNewspaper Details

Frequency:
Quarterly
Range:
1960-1980: No.1(1960)-No.23(1965); Vol.2(1966)-Vol.14(1980).
Size:
27cm (1960-1965); 23cm (1966-1980)
Note:
With 1966 volume numbers were adopted commencing with v.2, no.1
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