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John Hay John Hay i(A20523 works by) (a.k.a. John Anthony Hay)
Born: Established: 21 Sep 1942 Perth, Western Australia, ; Died: Ceased: 3 Nov 2016 Melbourne, Victoria,
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

John Anthony Hay had a distinguished academic career in Australia. At the University of Western Australia, he was Professor of English from 1980-1987, and Departmental Chair of the Academic Board in 1985. Dean of Arts at Monash University from 1987-1989, he became the Deputy Vice Chancellor of that university from 1989-1991, and Dean of Arts at Monash from 1987-1989. He was the third Vice Chancellor at Deakin University during the 1992-1995, becoming Vice Chancellor of The University of Queensland in 1996. He retired from that post at the end of 2007.

Hay has worked in English and Australian literary studies, including bibliographical research. His work in bibliography began with a study of pre-19th century books in the Library of the Benedictine Monastery at New Norcia in WA (1986). He has edited short story collections and bibliographies of Western Australian writing (1981 and 1990).

Hay was General Editor of The Bibliography of Australian Literature which is produced under the auspices of AustLit. Volumes appeared in 2001, 2004, 2007 and the final volume will be published in 2008.

In 2003, Hay was honoured by Deakin University by naming a major building after him in recognition of his leading role in transforming the derelict woolstore buildings in the city of Geelong, Victoria, into an award-winning university campus. In 2004 he was made a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) and in 2007 was elected as an honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

In 2005, the University of Western Australia awarded John Hay an Honorary Doctor of Letters and in 2007 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Queensland University of Technology.

Emeritus Professor John Hay died in Melbourne in November, 2016. A fuller biography can be found here.

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Personal Awards

2007 recipient Queensland Greats Awards Since becoming the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Queensland in 1996, Professor John Hay has made a number of exceptional contributions to Queensland including the development of a series of major research institutes and centres. Professor Hay is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities, Australian Institute of Management, Australian College of Educators and Queensland Academy of Arts and Science, and has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Western Australia, Deakin University, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland. He has chaired national and international boards on university learning and teaching, research, libraries, art galleries, philanthropy, performing arts, humanities, bio-sciences and medical research. He has published widely in English and Australian literature, comparative literature and education.
2006 recipient Australian Academy of the Humanities Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
2004 recipient Order of Australia Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) For service to advancing higher education in Australia including contributions to research and innovation policies and funding, and at the University of Queensland through significant development of academic and administrative structures.

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y separately published work icon Westerly 1956 Arts Union, University of Western Australia , 1956-1963 Z872534 1956 periodical (206 issues)

Westerly began as a student-edited magazine of the Arts Union of the University of Western Australia in December 1956. Published three times a year, the magazine had an annual editorial turnover until 1962 when J. M. S. O'Brien began a term which lasted until 1965. From the beginning, Westerly struggled to find a balance between serving the West Australian region and maintaining an intellectual connection with the eastern states and the rest of the world. Attempting to encourage writing in the region, Westerly sought poetry and fiction from emerging writers, but it was not until the early 1960s that contributions of a consistently high quality were received.

When J. M. S. O'Brien finished his term as editor, Westerly was produced by a group of editorial associates, rather than a clearly defined editor, until 1975. Bruce Bennett, Peter Cowan and John Barnes, members of the English Department, acted as primary editors during this time until Bennett and Cowan were appointed joint editors in 1975. Delys Bird and Dennis Haskell, also members of the English Department, began their term as co-editors in 1993. Published by the Centre for Studies in Australian Literature since 1982, Westerly maintains a strong connection with the English Department at the University of Western Australia.

During the 1960s Westerly concentrated on original work, publishing the first works of a number of significant writers, including Frank Moorhouse, Murray Bail and Michael Wilding (qq.v.). The number of poems also increased during this time. Westerly attracted contributions from Bruce Dawe, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Gwen Harwood, Dorothy Hewett, Fay Zwicky, Hal Colebatch and William Grono (qq.v.). Westerly continued to attract quality fiction and poetry in the 1970s, publishing the work of a number of writers, including Vicki Viidikas, T. A. G. Hungerford, James McQueen, Peter Murphy, Peter Goldsworthy, Wendy Jenkins, Jean Kent, Richard Carey and John Bryson (qq.v.).

Reviews and criticism were not plentiful during the 1960s, partly because Perth's The Critic already performed that function for the local community. This changed slowly during the 1970s following the establishment of a BA course in Australian literature at the University of Western Australia in 1973. By the late 1970s, the number of reviews and articles had steadily increased to cater for students of Australian literature, but the editors tried to avoid an overly academic tone to maintain a broad readership.

Westerly occasionally produced special issues during the 1960s and 1970s. This became more regular in the late 1980s and 1990s when the fourth issue of the year concentrated on a particular theme. One of the more significant has been Westerly's special issues on South East Asia. Earlier issues display an interest in countries common to the Indian Ocean, but this gradually expanded to include the wider Asian region. The extent of this concentration is exhibited in the book of extracts Westerly Looks to Asia: A Selection from Westerly 1956-1992 (1993). Other special issues have examined Australian Jewish writing, the relationship between Australia and the Mediterranean, environmental issues and justice.

Like most literary magazines, Westerly has struggled to attract funding. Early volumes included a significant amount of advertising. The financial burden was eased when the first ongoing grant from the Australian government was received in 1963. Westerly has since received assistance from the university and state and national bodies, but this funding steadily decreased during the 1990s. As a result, the magazine changed format in 1996. Four years later, as a result of continuing financial pressure, Westerly affiliated itself with John Kinsella's literary magazine Salt. An editorial note stated that this resulted in 'wider distribution, and a broader and more international profile, putting it in a unique position among Australian literary magazines.' With this affiliation, Westerly has appeared annually since 2000, sharing the year (and subscribers) with Salt, which appears during the first half of each year. Westerly continues to cover West Australian, Australian and Asian literature while Salt offers subscribers an annual of European and American literature.

2020 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Arts Projects for Organisations     $20,510 
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