Meanjin 70th Anniversary Edition
This edition of Meanjin celebrated the 70th birthday of the journal by republishing seminal pieces from the journal's archive, alongside several contemporary pieces. Meanjin's long history and place in Australian literature means that this issue was populated by an incredible cast of writers, as well as a host of seminal texts from Australian literary and cultural history. These included A.A. Phillips’s ‘The Cultural Cringe’, Michael Kirby on the politics of homosexuality, Helen Garner on the use of ‘I’ in prose, Graham Little’s 1985 essay on Bob Hawke, and pieces by M.J. Hyland, Elizabeth Jolley, Beverley Farmer, Tim Winton, Elizabeth Smither, Tim Richards, and many more. The In Colour section, by Ray Edgar and (Chase & Galley founder) Stuart Geddes, was a survey of independently published journals from Meanjin to Is Not Magazine.
For this issue we reproduced many articles in facsimile, to include a history of the typesetting and design of the journal. The section dividers reproduced a range of the covers from the last 70 years, and for the cover we reproduced the first cover - four footprints, of the four founding editors, each, apparently, putting their best foot forward.