Island chair, Dr Polly McGee

Island magazine, Tasmania’s premier literary space has received funding from Arts Tasmania for 2014.

The magazine, now under the stewardship of Dr Matthew Lamb, produces four hardcopy and digital issues of the magazine each year, while maintaining an active online space, Islandia which focuses on literary culture both in Tasmania and around the world.

Island will also offer a mentor program in 2014, matching Tasmania’s most respected literary figures with emerging writers with a view to taking quality work to publication.

Island chair, Dr Polly McGee welcomed the funding news. “This is a validation of the last two years of hard work by Island staff and board.

“there is no question that grant funding needs to be one part of a dynamic business model that responds to market demands.

“Island is grateful to Arts Tasmania for having the vision and patience to work with us as we transitioned into a contemporary vehicle for all Tasmanian writers”

The magazine has, in recent years completely reevaluated its business model and this was also recognised in the response from the Tasmanian Arts Advisory board who said “the panel commended Island magazine on addressing issues raised in previous funding rounds and its success in embracing digital media and marketing and partnering with other organisations.”

The panel also encouraged Island to continue with its efforts to become self-sustaining.

The magazine, first published under the banner Tasmanian Review in 1979, has consistently published the best writing from Tasmania alongside new and exciting work from around the world.

Issue 134 will be launched in Launceston on Saturday 21st September at 2pm at Sawtooth ARI and in Hobart on September 22, 2pm at the Moonah Arts Centre. Both of these events are free and open to the public.

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