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Personnel changes at Overland; Corbett appointed fiction editor

Literary journal Overland has announced a number of changes to its editorial team.

Author Claire Corbett has been announced as Overland’s new fiction editor, taking over from outgoing fiction editor Jennifer Mills. Corbett is the author of When We Have Wings and Watch Over Me (both A&U), and is currently working on her third novel. She also teaches creative writing at UTS and is on the board of Varuna, the Writers’ House.

Corbett said: ‘I believe the role of fiction in allowing us to understand the rapid, even catastrophic changes in our world and in developing empathy for the experiences of individuals has never been more important. The role of specifically Australian voices and experiences is under a lot of pressure now, not only with cuts to arts funding but also rapid changes in Australian publishing.’

Overland has also appointed long-term contributing editor Giovanni Tiso in the newly created position of online magazine editor. Tiso, who has been associated with Overland for more than seven years, said he is ‘very pleased to be able to do this work from my adoptive country, Aotearoa/New Zealand, as the need to look across borders and pay attention to social and political realities other than our own is as urgent as it’s ever been’.

This year, Overland will publish five special online fiction editions, the first of which will be published in early March, as well as a special online issue of translated poetry edited by poet Magan Magan. In May, Overland will open the callout for speculative and futuristic fiction for a special edition to be guest edited by writer and academic Eda Gunaydin.

Deputy editor Sian Vate will be leaving her position at Overland to return to study.



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