Overland, the most radical of Australia’s long-standing literary and cultural magazines, celebrated its 50th year in 2004.
Publishing features, fiction, poetry, reviews, comment, artwork and opinion pieces, Overland is committed to engaging with important literary, cultural and political issues in contemporary Australia. It has a tradition of publishing dissenting articles with a political and cultural focus.
With ‘progressive culture since 1954’ as its motto, Overland is the only high-profile Australian literary magazine that sees the publication and advancement of new and marginal writers as part of its charter.
Produced quarterly, Overland was founded in 1954 under the editorship of Stephen Murray-Smith, with the motto ‘temper democratic, bias Australian’. At the time it incorporated The Realist Writer, the journal of the Melbourne Realist Writers’ Group.
Contributors over the years include Peter Carey, Patrick White, Garry Disher, Elizabeth Jolley, Stuart Macintyre, David Foster, Germaine Greer, Dorothy Hewett, Mark Davis, Sam Watson, David Williamson, Thomas Shapcott, Judith Wright, Rodney Hall, Gwen Harwood, Thea Astley, Alan Marshall, Xavier Herbert, Amanda Lohrey, Bruce Dawe, Frank Moorhouse, Manning Clark, Humphrey McQueen, Christina Stead, Geoffrey Dutton, Max Harris, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Nancy Cato, Frank Hardy, Lily Brett, Peter Porter, James McAuley, Geoffrey Serle, Alison Croggon, Robert Adamson, Ian Turner, Jack Hibberd, Christos Tsiolkas, Alex Buzo, Martin Flanagan, David Marr, Tony Birch, Dorothy Porter, Fiona Capp, Margaret Simons, Antony Loewenstein, Larissa Behrendt, Linda Jaivin, Kalinda Ashton, Nam Le, Sophie Cunningham, Jane Gleeson-White, Charlotte Wood, Benjamin Law, Alexis Wright, James Bradley, Margo Lanagan and many, many others.
Yet Overland also gives a voice to the experiences that are excluded from the mainstream media and publishing outlets. The magazine has been part of an ongoing attempt to document lesser-known stories and histories, dissect media hysteria and dishonesty, debunk the populist hype of politicians, give a voice to those whose stories are otherwise marginalised, misrepresented or ignored, and point public debate in alternative directions.
While Overland remains committed to the quarterly print journal, its project now also includes regular online publication of reviews, commentary, stories, poems and other materials. It also holds regular events.
Overland is published by a not-for-profit organisation. It depends on its community for support. If you like what you read, please take out a subscription.
Hon Barry Jones AO: Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Education at University of Melbourne, former Minister for Science; former National President of the ALP.
Overland is published by:
O L Society Limited: 9 David Street, Footscray VIC 3011. Incorporated in Victoria.
ABN: 78 007 402 673.
Mr Richard Llewellyn (chair): Co-founder and CEO of Llewellyn & Associates and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ms Alex Skutenko (secretary): Overland’s editorial coordinator and publisher.
Mr Andrew Leggatt (treasurer): Supply Chain Manager – Vistaprint Australia Pty Ltd.
Dr Nathan Hollier (deputy chair): Former editor of Overland, Director of Monash University Publishing.
Associate Professor Bronwyn Cran: Dean, College of Arts, Victoria University.
Professor John McLaren: Emeritus Professor, Victoria University. Former editor of Overland and founding editor of the second, current series of Australian Book Review.
Mr David Murray-Smith: Son of founding editor Stephen Murray-Smith, and Portfolio Projects Manager at Police, Emergency Services and Corrections, Department of Justice, Victoria.
Mr Malcolm Neil: Director of Vendor Relations, Kobo Australia NZ, former Director at Small Press Underground Networking Community, former Chief Executive Officer, Australian Booksellers Association.
Mr John Timlin: Literary agent and theatre producer.
Ms Jeannie Rea: National President of National Tertiary Education Union.
Dr Jeff Sparrow: writer, editor of Overland.
Ms Jacinda Woodhead: Deputy editor of Overland; PhD candidate Victoria University
Mr Benjamin Laird: computer programmer; electronic poet; former Geek-in-Residence at Australian Poetry; PhD candidate RMIT University.
Overland is distributed to the book trade by:
Peribo Pty Limited: 58 Beaumont Road, Mt Kurin-gai NSW 2080.
Tel: 02 9457 0011. Email: info[at]peribo.com.au
Overland is a member of SPUNC: the Small Press Underground Networking Community.