from the editor's desk

An Exciting Year Ahead for Westerly Magazine!

Welcome back to all of our readers and supporters!

With preparations well underway for our first two issues of 2017, the Westerly office is already in full swing, gearing up for a year that promises to be even bigger and better than those before!

Chris Arnold, Writers' Development Program participant

Chris Arnold, Writers’ Development Program participant

Westerly issues to come in 2017

Once again, we will publish four issues this year, our two print editions complemented by two Online Special Issues, free to access here on our website. Keep an eye out for more updates on our publications, promotions, special events and other exciting news on our Facebook and Twitter feeds, as well as here at the Editor’s Desk. Make sure you’re the first to know by signing up for our regular newsletter via our Home page.

Featuring on the Editor’s Desk

We are delighted to kick off our Editor’s Desk lineup with some original work from last year’s Writers’ Development Program participants. You will be surprised and moved by these highly personal and unique pieces of writing, featuring over the next few weeks, accompanied by an introduction to each talented writer.

The Westerly Festival Poem at Perth Writers Festival

You are invited to contribute to a  unique Westerly project through the Perth Writers Festival. As part of a series of events celebrating the Museum of Water, the Westerly Festival Poem will run on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February at the Reflection Pond, UWA. All participants will write a poetic line about water on an origami boat and let their words set sail!

Your poetry will be posted live to our Twitter feed, and will be compiled by poet Nandi Chinna into a single poem to be read at Murdoch Lecture Theatre and appear on the Westerly website. Don’t worry if you can’t make it! We would love to include your contribution through our Twitter feed. For more information, visit the PIAF website and follow the conversation online through Westerly‘s feed (@westerlymag) or via @PerWritersFest.

Editor Catherine Noske contributes to the #writingmatters campaign through The Conversation

Appearing in The Conversation today, Catherine’s article, ‘From Tim Winton to Gail Jones: why writing matters in WA’ reflects on the complex and unique writing and publishing sector in Western Australia, and its relative value in light of the independent review into sector funding.

Catherine discusses the “dynamism of literature as an art-form in WA, the vibrancy of the writing and publishing community, and the rich legacy of writing here” in her piece in support of the campaign to recognise, and increase funding for, the writing and publishing sector.

Read the full article here, and find out more about adding your voice to the #writingmatters campaign through the Writing WA website.


Westerly received incredible support from our readership last year, and we thank you once again for continuing to help us bring new and exciting creative work to the broader community.

Happy reading!

The Westerly team

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