Rachel Edwards Island Magazine

Island, Tasmania’s only literary and culture magazine will launch its 134th issue in both the North and South of the state this weekend.

Author, historian and founder of the Beaconsfield Festival of Golden Words ( http://www.festivalofgoldenwords.com.au/ ), Stephen Dando-Collins is launching Island in the Launceston art space, Sawtooth ARI ( http://sawtooth.org.au/ ) on Saturday, September 21st at 2pm.

The Hobart launch will take place at the Moonah Arts Centre on Sunday, 22nd September at 2pm. This event will also feature the announcement of the winner of one of Australia’s most prestigious poetry competitions, the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize, which is generously sponsored by the Hobart Bookshop. The winner will be announced by Gig Ryan, Poetry Editor for The Age newspaper and judge of the competition alongside Island’s poetry editor John Kinsella, who has recently been awarded the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry.

This event will also feature Richard Eccleston of the University of Tasmania in conversation with Matthew Groom, Tasmanian Liberal member for Denison and Shadow Minister for Energy, Climate Change, Environment, Parks, Heritage and Sustainable Transport. Richard is an Associate Professor at the University of Tasmania who specialises in comparative political economy. He is author and editor of seven books and numerous articles on these and related topics. One of his current Australian Research Council funded projects is on ‘Rebuilding Australian Federalism’. He is the author of ‘Canary in the mine: Tasmania and the Future of the Federation’, Griffith Review 39. Matthew is the author of this issue’s essay in The Tasmania Papers – exploring federalism and the legacy of Andrew Inglis Clark. The Tasmania Papers is a collaboration between Island and The Inglis Clark Centre.

The magazine, which recently received triennial funding from the Australia Council is going from strength to strength and these launches will also provide an opportunity to meet editor Matthew Lamb.

These events are free – although Island requests that RSVPs are made for catering purposes.


What does issue 134 have in store?

Issue 134 of the magazine features a profile on living Tasmanian legend, painter Max Angus, an interview with author Nigel Featherstone, new fiction from Heather Rose, Anica Boulanger-Mashberg and Tadhg Muller, who is definitely ‘one to watch’. The issue also contains exciting new poetry and a profile piece of enigmatic literary character, D’Arcy D’Oliveres.

Island Chair Dr Polly McGee wins Woodside Better Business Award

At the recent announcement of Creative Partnership Australia’s awards at Government House in Hobart last week, Island chair, Dr Polly McGee was awarded the Woodside Better Business Award for her service to the arts. Nominated for the award by the appreciative team at Island, Dr McGee was appointed to the board of Island in late 2010. She has brought her marketing, branding and digital expertise to the long-running publication and overseen the magazine as it underwent major changes. She continues to work tirelessly to ensure its continuing success.

(L-R) Katherine Hough from Arts Tasmania, Kate Harrison, James Klousia and Rachel Edwards from Island Magazine. Photo supplied by Creative Partnerships Australia and Alastair Bett Photography.