I'm a big fan of literary magazines, by which I simply mean magazines that publish predominantly writing. I love reading essays about all sorts of topics. Australia has a lot of excellent writers, and despite not a lot of money in the industry, a fair number of magazines to publish their work. In fact, people continue to start up literary magazines regularly. I'd really love a way to pay for content from a bunch of different magazines because I can't afford to subscribe to more than one, and so, because I want to read a variety, I just buy copies ever now and then. Here are a few of my favourite sources for a great piece of writing:
- The Lifted Brow has an app has a great user interface. The print magazine is published quarterly and a digital version is published monthly, in parts. I have been reading the sample issue on the app at the moment.
- Meanjin is 75 years old, and is a very traditional in concept (essay, poetry, fiction, memoire). I love trawling through the website to find interesting reads. It can be a real time drain but super fascinating. The print version is published quarterly. Pieces are later put up online.
- Seizure is a recent find for me. I met the founder at a stall at Noted, and looked it up. I found a treasure trove and have been reading ever since. It is now only published digitally, but back issues can be bought in print.
- Dumbo Feather is a magazine I always buy in print. It's full over interviews with interesting people, their tagline is "Conversations with extraordinary people" which is apt. It is published quarterly in print.
- Overland is also published quarterly, and digitally on its website. The print copy is always very visually appealing, but I generally read digitally.
Here are a few pieces I've particularly liked:
- Fatima Measham (a favourite of mine) wrote this fantastic essay about postcode superiority and living in Werribee.
- Hugh Rundle wrote this piece for Overland about Trove (the Australian National Library digitisation/open access project) and it's importance to Australia.
- Kaitlyn Plyley wrote How to Talk to Sick People over on Seizure which is great.
- I wouldn't really call The Conversation a literary magazine, but this is an excellent piece about Australia and the language used about our history.