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Sparrow to leave ‘Overland’

Literary journal Overland has announced that editor Jeff Sparrow will leave the role at the end of 2014.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Sparrow was recently awarded a Sidney Myer Fellowship. Overland said in a statement that he plans to ‘concentrate on his own writing’.

Current deputy editor Jacinda Woodhead will edit the publication from 2015.

Sparrow, who has been editor for seven years, said it had been ‘a great privilege working at an iconic magazine for so long’. ‘I’m confident Jacinda will take Overland to new heights,’ he added.

Woodhead said Overland ‘has never been in better shape’.

‘Our print circulation has never been so large, while readers accessed nearly a million pages of the online magazine in the last year. We run some of Australia’s most prestigious competitions, hold major events throughout the country and supplement our print issues with online editions of fiction, poetry, spoken word and digital writing.’

Woodhead has worked as deputy editor of Overland for five years. She said she was ‘honoured to be the first sole female editor in the journal’s history’.

Overland said Woodhead would announce a new team ‘in due course’.



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