y Scripsi periodical  
Date: 1981-1989
Date: 1989-1990
Date: 1990-1991
Date: 1992
Date: 1993-1994
Issue Details: First known date: 1981; Latest issue indexed: 1994 1981
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y Scripsi vol. 9 no. 2 June 1994 Z608055 1994 periodical issue
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y Scripsi vol. 8 no. 1 1992 Z606893 1992 periodical issue

AbstractHistoryArchive Description

In 1981, Scripsi replaced the poetry magazine Compass which had been produced by the English Department of the University of Melbourne for many years. The editors, Peter Craven and Michael Heyward, aimed to develop a 'product which will genuinely reflect Australian writing, while being critically aware of the best overseas work'. Scripsi was produced in the English Department until 1986 when the Scripsi office moved to Ormond College at the University of Melbourne.

Scripsi attracted the contributions of many prominent Australian writers. The most frequent contributors of poetry during the 1980s and early 1990s were Laurie Duggan, Bruce Beaver, Gig Ryan, Peter Porter, Alan Wearne, John Scott, Peter Rose and Robert Adamson. A smaller number of fiction writers contributed, but these included Helen Garner, David Malouf, Gerald Murnane, Tim Winton, Janette Turner Hospital, Elizabeth Jolley, Amy Witting and Catherine Ford. The new publications of many of these writers were regularly reviewed in Scripsi. Articles presenting closer readings were also printed, focussing on the works of writers such as John Forbes, John Scott, Helen Garner, John Tranter, Peter Porter, David Malouf and Elizabeth Jolley.

Prominent overseas critics and writers such as Frank Kermode, Susan Sontag, Harold Bloom, Julian Barnes and John Ashberry appeared in Scripsi, asserting the international focus of the magazine. In addition, articles were published on many overseas writers, including Seamus Heaney, James Joyce, Thomas Mann, Marcel Proust, Andre Gide, Frank O'Hara, Philip Larkin, W. H. Auden and Gertrude Stein. An entire issue was devoted to James Joyce to celebrate the centenary of his birth and another was devoted to French literature. Another feature of Scripsi was the regular translations of the work of a number of overseas and classical authors.

By 1993, both Craven and Heyward had given up the responsibility of editing Scripsi, but they remained active in an associate capacity. The new editors, Owen Richardson and Andrew Rutherford, were hoping to guide the magazine through a new period of development, but they were immediately faced with significant cuts to regular government grants. Scripsi had been published by Oxford University Press since 1990, giving it a solid institutional foundation, but the funding cuts made meeting production costs extremely difficult. Scripsi ceased publication in 1994.

Notes

  • RANGE: 1981-1994
  • FREQUENCY: quarterly (1981-1990); 3 issues per annum (1990-1994)
  • SIZE: 21cm (1981-1992); 23cm (1993-1994); 70-140 pages (1981-1982); 200-300 pages (1983-1994)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1981
    • Parkville, Parkville - Carlton area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Scripsi , 1981-1990 .
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1989 .
      Note/s:
      • August issue (vol. 5, no. 4)

Works about this Work

Peripheral Visionaries : Australia's Independent Publishing Tradition Edgar Ray (fl. 2010-2011) (interviewer), Stuart Geddes (interviewer), 2010 single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 69 no. 4 2010; (p. 18-49)

This work is a collections of interviews with publishers of small independent magazines. All interviewees were asked a series of questions beginning with: 'Please describe your magazine's content.'

A Very Passionate Text Life Jason Steger , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 7 August 2004; (p. 3)
The Power of One Critic Susan Wyndham , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 July 2002; (p. 8-9)
A Critical Vocation : An Interview with Peter Craven Rebecca Lucas (interviewer), Ralph Humphries (interviewer), 1997 single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 56 no. 1 1997; (p. 170-180)
Three Classical Papyri : III : Gaius Valerius Catullus i "Sweetest Clodia,", Chris Wallace-Crabbe , 1994 single work poetry humour
— Appears in: Outrider , vol. 11 no. 1994; (p. 277)
Shape of Literary World, Post-Scripsi Peter Craven , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian , 31 August 1994; (p. 35)
Australia is Still Suffering from the Book Recession Michael Heyward , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 1 September 1994; (p. 13)
Poor Scripsi, Dead During Foreplay Don Anderson , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14 August 1993; (p. 46)
Publish or Be Damned Andrew Rutherford , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 11 December 1993; (p. 10)
Shelf Life [19 October 1991] Jane Sullivan , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 19 October 1991; (p. 7)
10 Years Old, and Plenty to be Proud Of Imre Salusinszky , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 16-17 November 1991; (p. rev 5)
God Preserve the Little Ones A. P. Riemer , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27 April 1991; (p. 40)
Australian Women's Poetry Lyn McCredden , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , March vol. 3 no. 1 1991; (p. 13-15)
Shelf Life [14 December 1991] Jane Sullivan , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 14 December 1991; (p. 7)
Book Notes [12 May 1990] 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 May 1990; (p. 77)
Shelf Life [18 August 1990] Jane Sullivan , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 18 August 1990; (p. 9)
Editing a Literary Magazine: An `Ideal Crime', an Act of Lunacy Dianne Bates , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Author , Autumn vol. 22 no. 1 1990; (p. 17-18)
Cool Charm, Blazing Intent Peter Craven , 1990 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 24-25 February 1990; (p. 6)
The Lack of Status of Editors in Australia Michael Denholm , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , September vol. 9 no. 6 1989; (p. 12)
The Struggling Life of Scripsi Kathy Kizilos , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Herald , 30 June 1989; (p. 16)
A Very Passionate Text Life Jason Steger , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 7 August 2004; (p. 3)
Peripheral Visionaries : Australia's Independent Publishing Tradition Edgar Ray (fl. 2010-2011) (interviewer), Stuart Geddes (interviewer), 2010 single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 69 no. 4 2010; (p. 18-49)

This work is a collections of interviews with publishers of small independent magazines. All interviewees were asked a series of questions beginning with: 'Please describe your magazine's content.'

Book Notes [12 May 1990] 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 May 1990; (p. 77)
Three Classical Papyri : III : Gaius Valerius Catullus i "Sweetest Clodia,", Chris Wallace-Crabbe , 1994 single work poetry humour
— Appears in: Outrider , vol. 11 no. 1994; (p. 277)
Literary Journalism Stuart Sayers , 1982 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 13 November 1982; (p. 13)
Poor Scripsi, Dead During Foreplay Don Anderson , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14 August 1993; (p. 46)
The Lack of Status of Editors in Australia Michael Denholm , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , September vol. 9 no. 6 1989; (p. 12)
Literary Funding Thomas Shapcott , 1987 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Quadrant , July vol. 31 no. 7 1987; (p. 6)
Shelf Life [19 October 1991] Jane Sullivan , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 19 October 1991; (p. 7)
Literate Lilliputians Barbara Jefferis , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 20-21 September 1986; (p. 16)
Go Ahead, Rob Your Mother If You Must Don Anderson , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16 July 1988; (p. 77)
Publish or Be Damned Andrew Rutherford , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 11 December 1993; (p. 10)
A Critical Vocation : An Interview with Peter Craven Rebecca Lucas (interviewer), Ralph Humphries (interviewer), 1997 single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 56 no. 1 1997; (p. 170-180)
The Struggling Life of Scripsi Kathy Kizilos , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Herald , 30 June 1989; (p. 16)
Shelf Life [18 August 1990] Jane Sullivan , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 18 August 1990; (p. 9)
Shape of Literary World, Post-Scripsi Peter Craven , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian , 31 August 1994; (p. 35)
Australia is Still Suffering from the Book Recession Michael Heyward , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 1 September 1994; (p. 13)
King of the Conduits of Culture Don Anderson , 1985 single work
— Appears in: The National Times , 5-11 July 1985; (p. 31)
10 Years Old, and Plenty to be Proud Of Imre Salusinszky , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 16-17 November 1991; (p. rev 5)
Sound the Last Post - it's the Stamping Out of Culture Peter Craven , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 12-13 August 1989; (p. 10)

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