Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I'd like to introduce you to a journal you may enjoy:
Meanjin is a publication familiar to people involved with Australian literature, but you don't have to be "involved with" anything to enjoy reading it.
It is a collection of short stories, poems, essays, memoirs and pretty much any other type of writing you can think of (with the exception of plays, screenplays and novels), and the topics covered by each issue are wide and ranging.
Basically, it's a journal of writing - and not "about writing", but the actual work of writers from all over the country: fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction. You name it. Perhaps it would be better to describe it as a journal for readers.
If you like reading the columnists in news papers, you'll enjoy this journal. If you like reading blogs with long-ish entries, you'll enjoy this journal. If you like reading short stories, you'll enjoy this journal. If you like reading travel memoirs and books like that, you'll enjoy this journal. If you like reading poetry, you'll enjoy this journal.
Basically, if you like reading, this is a journal you should investigate.
Oh, and even though it is a journal (so you can't borrow it), you don't have to front up to the Townsville campus library to read it. We have an online subscription to back issues from 1976 onwards.
The new issue of Meanjin Quarterly is on the New Journals display up on the first floor of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library building, and will be there until the changeover on Friday 3 June.
After that point, it goes back to sit at 820(A) P18, with the rest of the series. We stopped getting the hard copies in Cairns in 2009, but older issues can be found on the shelves there as well. And there's always the online version.
Why not take a look?