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Woodhead to leave Overland

Overland editor Jacinda Woodhead is stepping down after 10 years in editorial roles with the literary journal.

Woodhead joined Overland in late 2009 as an intern, and later became deputy editor. She became the first sole female editor in the journal’s history when she took up the role in 2015, after the departure of previous editor Jeff Sparrow. During her time as editor, Woodhead established Overland’s online magazine, as well as a residency program for underrepresented writers.

‘The only way for a 65-year-old magazine like Overland to stay vital and dynamic is by making space for new people and new directions,’ said Woodhead.

‘We are very conscious that there are still many barriers to participation in literature and art, but I was one of those who got an opportunity here … As someone who comes from a single-parent, rural family, and the first in my extended family to go to university, I can’t imagine having found a space for myself in literature and politics without Overland.’

Overland chair Bronwyn Cran said: ‘Jacinda leaves Overland in an excellent state, artistically and financially … Jacinda leaves a significant legacy for the free and future expression of writing and ideas in Australia.’

Overland is seeking a new editor and for the first time in its history is advertising externally for the role.



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