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Letters to the Editor: 80 Years of Meanjin


Event Date: 24 March 2021
Author / Presenters: Jonathan Green and Jim Davidson

On Wednesday 24th March, in the second of a series of events that are a collaboration between the University’s Archives and Special Collections and Meanjin to celebrate the literary magazine's 80th year, join Meanjin editor Jonathan Green and historian, author and former Meanjin editor Jim Davidson when they discuss ‘Letters to the Editor’ a reflection on correspondence from the University collection and a portrait of Meanjin’s founding 30-year editor, Clem Christesen.

80 Years of Meanjin is a collaboration between Archives and Special Collections and Meanjin, using our collection of Meanjin material to celebrate the literary magazine's 80th year. Our program of events will contain four panel discussions or online events throughout the year covering great cover art, letters to the editor, Australian cultural identity as pursued through the pages of Meanjin, and poetry.

About the speakers:

Meanjin editor Jonathan Green has been an editor, writer, commentator and broadcaster in a 40-year career as a journalist, beginning with a cadetship at The Canberra Times and taking in various Australian dailies: the Melbourne Herald, The Herald Sun, the Sunday Herald, The Sunday Age and 15 years at The Age. Jonathan left The Age in 2006 as editor of Crikey. After three years there he found his way to the ABC as founding editor of ABC Online’s The Drum. He presents Blueprint for Living on ABC Radio National. He is the author of Around Australia In 80 Days (2004) and The Year My Politics Broke (2013). He has been editor of Meanjin since 2015.

Jim Davidson is an historian and biographer, and a former editor of Meanjin. He is the author of A Three-Cornered Life: The historian WK Hancock (2010) and the memoir A Führer for a Father: The domestic face of colonialism (2017). His biographies Lyrebird Rising (of the musical patron Louise Hanson-Dyer) and A Three-Cornered Life (of the historian Keith Hancock) have won major awards. His most recent books are Moments in Time: A Book of Australian Postcards (2016) and A Führer for a Father (2017). He is currently writing a double biography of two literary magazine editors, Clem Christesen of Meanjin and Stephen Murray-Smith of Overland.


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