Author Archives: Tom Davies

Your thoughts on the influence of Janet Malcolm

Dear Colleagues,

The passing in June this year of Janet Malcolm, the longstanding journalist for The New Yorker, and author of The Journalist and the Murderer, started us thinking about her legacy.

We want to collate some reflections about her work here in Australia, for possible publication in a journal. If you are interested in participating, could you please answer the six questions in the attached word document and email it to me.

Let us know whether you want to remain anonymous and if you would be willing to do a follow-up interview if needed.

Thank you so much for your time in advance. It is greatly appreciated.


Associate Professor Sue Joseph and Professor Matthew Ricketson

AAWP Conference 2021: Last chance Call For Papers

In response to numerous requests for late abstract submissions (so many more than expected), the AAWP conference team are re-opening the Call for Papers for the 2021 conference, November 24-26.

The window for submission is now open and must close July 31. This deadline coincides with the early bird registration (see below). So, if you missed out the first round or are simply excited at the prospect of an amazing Creative Writing research conference event near the beach, please submit before July 31. We’ve arranged discounted accommodation, great food and some excellent guest speakers. It’s also just a lovely place to visit. Come for the conference, stay for the weekend.

And if you submit your abstract early, we’ll try to let you know before the early bird date closes.

Early Bird Conference Registration reminder: July 31.

If your abstract has been accepted or you just want to attend this year’s conference at the excellent discounted price, please follow this link.

For enquiries, please email the 2021 Conference Management Committee:


This issue of the Axon journal investigates ways in which contemporary poetry (and other forms of creative practice) constitute, result from or are otherwise connected to travel—whether this is understood literally or metaphorically. We are NOT looking for poems. Please submit academic papers that explore and relate to:

  • ways in which readers may ‘travel’ in poetry
  • ways in which poetic form may contribute to ideas or modes of imaginative travel
  • the composition of poetry as a form of travelling
  • the composition of poetry as a result of travel
  • reflections on or interviews about travel and poetry
  • reflections on or interviews about travel and creativity
  • how ‘travel’ and ‘creativity’ may be connected—literally, imaginatively or metaphorically
  • how poetry may allow or facilitate forms of creative ‘travel’
  • how creativity is, in and of itself, a way of travelling
  • tropes of travel in poetry
  • poetry/creative practice and travelling through cultures, sexualities and/or gender diversity
  • creative fluidity and ‘travelling’
  • poetry’s connection to movement through space and/or time
  • creative transformations/metamorphoses as a way of ‘travelling’

What we would like from contributors:

  1. A 150-word abstract of your proposed paper by Friday 20 August 2021.
  2. If your abstract is accepted (we will notify you by Friday 3 September 2021), a full written paper of between 3,000 and 6,000 words should be submitted by Monday 22 November 2021.

Submissions can be lodged here
Please DO NOT submit poems to this issue

AAWP/UWAP ‘Chapter One’ Prize

The AAWP has partnered with UWAP once again to bring this exciting new publication pathway and prize for writers of poetry, literary novels, short story collections, and hybrid works.

Submissions are now open. Head to our prizes page here for more information on how to enter.


The AAWP’s 26th Annual Conference will be held from November 24 – 26, 2021. 

The deadline for the Call for Paper Abstracts has been extended until May 4, 11:59PM (AEST).

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Fire Country’.Hosted by the University of the Sunshine Coast and Central Queensland University, the conference will take place at Sippy Downs, USC’s Sunshine Coast campus, situated on the unceded lands of its traditional owners, the Gubbi Gubbi people.

For more information, please see the Conference webpage here.