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Ian Syson Ian Syson i(A9023 works by)
Born: Established: 1959 Durham (County),
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1969
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Academic, publisher and editor, Ian Syson arrived in Australia with his family at the age of nine. The family went straight to a migrant hostel in Wollongong and then to Mount Isa. After an apprenticeship with Mount Isa Mines, Syson worked as an electrician for the company in Queensland and New Zealand before entering the University of Queensland as a 25 year old mature age student. Syson graduated in honours and subsequently gained a PhD in Australian working class literature, also from the University of Queensland.

In 1994 Syson moved to Melbourne as assistant editor of Meanjin and later became editor of Overland from 1997 to 2002. In 1999 Syson established Vulgar Press (q.v.), part of Vulgar Enterprises set up in 1994. The Press's first published work was a fortieth anniversary edition of Dorothy Hewett's Bobbin Up. Syson also publishes the imprint Red Rag. Syson has a particular interest in the 1950s period and the Cold War. He does not see himself as English but identifies with his Mackem (someone from County Durham) heritage.

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