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Issue Details: First known date: 2019... no. 237 Summer 2019 of Overland est. 1954 Overland
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'I didn’t expect to be making the magazine you are holding, which is why earlier editorials this year read like farewells, but this is definitely it: my twentieth, and final, edition.

'People have asked why I would leave a magazine that is so politically and culturally necessary and, therefore, satisfying.

'To ensure a magazine stays vibrant, it’s essential to make room for new editors and writers. As for the satisfying nature of the work here, it is undeniably true. But workplaces, and political and literary projects, are made of people who motivate and challenge you.

'Last night I attended a talk by former editor Jeff Sparrow, about his new book on fascism and the Christchurch massacre. ‘What can we do about the intense alienation and isolation that many people seem to feel today?’ someone in the audience asked.

'It seems obvious, but workplaces are part of the answer (and why the era of freelancing and the gig economy has been disastrous for unionism and collectivism more generally). These spaces are inherently social: on many levels, work is about the relationships you form and the people you work with; who help to ease the intense loneliness that we can feel, the kind described by Rachael McGuirk and Hannah McCann in this edition.

'It is also true that there are not many workplaces like Overland, where one can start as an intern and progress to editor. The democratic traditions and collaborative nature – where everyone in the office has control over how each edition looks and reads – is unique.

'Workplaces are always about the people. I would like to thank: Alex Skutenko, the backbone of Overland for more than two decades; copyediting genius John Marnell; the aforementioned Jeff Sparrow; inspired fiction and poetry editors Peter Minter, Jennifer Mills, Toby Fitch and Claire Corbett; designers Brent Stegeman and Lynley Eavis, the nimble-fingered Sam Wallman, and so many other talented artists!; the brilliant and committed interns and volunteers; Giovanni Tiso, one of my favourite writers who I now call a colleague; and Rachael McGuirk, who always meets every challenge.

'I look forward to reading future editions edited by Evelyn Araluen and Jonathan Dunk, and seeing the new directions they take Overland.' (Jacinda Woodhead  Introducing Overland 237)


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* Contents derived from the 2019 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
On Failure, Alison Croggon , single work essay
'Back in 2013, I began an epic novel. For the next three and a half years, I consistently worked on this project. Its working title changed at least three times, before I finally settled on Dreamers.' (Introduction)
(p. 8-9)
Lake Mindi, Krystal Hurst , single work short story (p. 11-14)
Standing up Lying down, Emma Ashmere , single work short story (p. 22-27)
The Sublime Composition (From a Work-in-Progress), Gareth Sion Jenkins , extract novella (p. 29-37)
Retail Therapist, Freya Howarth , single work essay

'Sayaka Murata’s recently translated novel Convenience Store Woman opens with a soundscape. The protagonist, Keiko, is alert to the subtle sounds of the shop in which she works, recognising a fridge door opening and a cold drink being removed as indicators that the customer is about to make their purchase.' (Introduction)

(p. 44-49)
Crocodile Tears, Russell Marks , single work essay

'Written by Queensland barrister Cathy McLennan, Saltwater has received almost universal acclaim among readers, reviewers and indeed the Queensland Literary Awards (QLAs), which declared it ‘Best Non-Fiction Book’ in 2017. Its author, appointed a magistrate shortly before the book’s publication, has since accepted invitations to speak on matters of law and policy affecting Aboriginal people and communities.' (Introduction)

(p. 52-57)
Tenor and Vehiclesi"Fact: things are like other things. Supposition", Shastra Deo , single work poetry (p. 58-59)
Learningi"There is a very fine line", Jini Maxwell , single work poetry (p. 59)
Nature Strip Teasei"The circadian rhythm of the footpath", Harriet McInerney , single work poetry (p. 60)
Wheelie Bin Juicei"it’s fuckin hot out today we sweat at each", Liz Duck-Chong , single work poetry (p. 61)
Fragments from the Snowiesi"day’s heat dissipates in each water-", Jake Goetz , single work poetry (p. 62-63)
In This Letter, I Can Finally Grammar Yourself into a Poem, Duy Quang Mai , single work poetry (p. 64)
Water On Marsi"The highway that connects the Hudson River with your home planet is", Jarad Bruinstroop , single work poetry (p. 65)
On Writing in Water, Mel Campbell , single work essay
'Dying of tuberculosis in Rome, the poet John Keats requested his epitaph: ‘Here lies one whose name was writ in water.’' (Introduction)
(p. 80-81)
The 2019 Fair Australia Prize (FAP), Tim Kennedy , single work essay

'We are once again pleased to support the Fair Australia Prize, this year co-sponsored by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, and the newly formed United Workers Union. Members of both the National Union of Workers and United Voice came together to vote for the bigger and stronger union which officially came into being in November this year. Already we have taken action which speaks to the heart of this year’s theme: STRIKE!' (Introduction)

(p. 89-90)
While the Iron Is Hot, Cora Tate , single work short story (p. 91-96)
Working Holidayi"‘sunny city room for rent’", Guillermo R. Batiz , single work poetry (p. 97)
Verdict on a Winter Afternoon, Arjun Rajkhowa , single work short story (p. 105-109)

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