Published in Overland Issue 211 Winter 2013 · Uncategorized Editorial Jeff Sparrow Why a literary journal? More specifically, why a print journal? The question arises because Overland has now become more a project than a particular format. Overland publishes online, with new content appearing most days. It hosts events and forums throughout the country, at literary festivals and elsewhere. It has produced the ebook, Women’s Work, and will soon launch an iPad app. The online fiction by emerging writers is part of Overland, as are the spoken word editions and the forthcoming edition of electronic poetry. In the midst of all that, what role does a print journal play? Overland will continue to publish in print for the foreseeable future for a number of reasons. Print remains the preferred format for most poets and creative writers in Australia. That may, of course, change but for the time being most authors want a physical copy of their work. Similarly, many people still like to read (in particular) long essays, literary fiction and poetry on paper, away from the distractions of their iPad. Finally, the rhythms of quarterly print production allow a more intensive editorial interaction with writers, as the quality of the pieces in this edition reveal. Overland is about ideas and so will continue to explore new methods for reaching readers. We encourage print readers to engage with the online magazine as well, taking advantages of the opportunities it offers for discussion and debate. But the Overland project still depends fundamentally on its print subscribers. We are confident that the expansion of Overland’s reach will improve rather than diminish the quarterly journal that has appeared since 1954. Jeff Sparrow Jeff Sparrow is a Walkley Award-winning writer, broadcaster and former editor of Overland. More by Jeff Sparrow › Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 2 October 20233 October 2023 · Aboriginal Australia The use and abuse of History in the Voice referendum debate: an interview with Professor Gary Foley Gary Foley and Padraic Gibson I can see the failure of the referendum making a whole lot of Blackfellas sit up and think and realise again, what we realised back in ’67, that our best efforts to achieve our aims are always at our own behest, under our own control. A whole new generation of Black activists deciding hang on, to hell with the rest of them, let’s just focus on our own communities and start building up the strength of our own communities. 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 28 September 20233 October 2023 · Cartoons Ban cars from the city Sam Wallman Sam Wallman makes the case for closing the streets off one by one.