Author Archives: Tom Davies

Announcing the Horror and Gothic Media Cultures Podcast + Discussion Group

In the spirit of the spooky season, the new book series Horror and Gothic Media Cultures is launching a monthly online discussion group open to scholars (including graduate students) and creative practitioners around the globe working in the area of horror and Gothic media. Each discussion will be sparked by a short podcast episode that will offer a provocation related to current and key debates in the field.

The discussion group will occur 1-2 weeks after the release of each podcast episode, with the first discussion occurring on Thursday the 18th of November(08:00am Amsterdam time, CEST / 05:00pm Melbourne/Sydney time, AEDT).

The group is led and hosted by the Horror and Gothic Media Cultures series’ founding editor, Dr Jessica Balanzategui, Senior Lecturer in Cinema and Screen Studies at Swinburne University of Technology. Jessica presents the first provocation: “What’s the deal with ‘elevated’ horror?” (also below).

Future episodes will feature special guests, including the authors of forthcoming or recently launched books in the series. Discounts for books in the Horror and Gothic Media Cultures series will be offered to those who attend the discussion group.

You can find both the series and Jessica on Twitter @HorrorGothCult and @JKBalanzategui.

TEXT Special Issues Sub-Editors

Calling on sub-editors, or would-be sub-editors.

TEXT Special Issues is seeking applications for four annual 12 month sub-editor internships, beginning 2022. We are looking for people who love words, understand grammar, spell well, have an eagle eye for technical literals, and can learn and apply our style guide rigorously.

TEXT Special Issues is published every June and December, with one to two special issues each publishing round. You will be working with the three Special Issues Co-Editors, eager to mentor and support you through this learning curve.

If you are interested and able to volunteer your time and effort to hone your editing skills, please send me a short paragraph, outlining your current skills and any experience to date. This is an opportunity for a mid-doctoral candidate or ECR looking to make connections in our academic and creative communities.

Co-Editors: Associate Professor Sue Joseph; Dr Kate Cantrell; and Dr Emma Doolan. Please send to:

Call for Papers

Poetry on the Move Symposium 2021:
Archives, counter-memory, creative practice and poetry

We are seeking wide-ranging work for a Poetry on the Move 2021 symposium (in Canberra and via Zoom) and a subsequent issue of the Axon Creative Explorations journal that takes up what has been a lively discussion about archives and counter-memories situated in opposition to official histories.

This call is for presentations/papers that explore the contemporary relationship between creative thinking, creative practice, poetry and the archive. We are especially interested in topics that connect to the following issues:

  • Poetry and the archive
  • The archive re-imagined as counter-memory and/or resistance
  • Creative writers as archivists
  • Poetry and memory
  • Poetic biography
  • Archives, connections and genealogies
  • Non-dialectical histories and the reconstruction of memory
  • Poetry and the digital archive
  • The quotidian, fact and creative writing
  • Poetry and forms of resurrection

The editors are seeking papers for a symposium to be held in Canberra and via Zoom on Thursday, 14 October 2021, from 10 am to 3:30 pm (it will be followed by the launch of the Poetry on the Move festival). Selected papers from the symposium, as well as other papers on theme, will be published in the first issue of Axon: Creative Explorations for 2022.

Please submit a 100–150-word abstract by midnight on 30 September 2021. If you wish to write full paper of between 3,000 and 5,000 words for subsequent publication in Axon: Creative Explorations (subject to the usual referee processes) this paper will be due on 15 March 2022.

When you submit your abstract, please record whether you want it to be considered for 1) the symposium; 2) the journal issue; 3) or both symposium and journal issue

Please submit via Submittable

HNSA 2021 Virtual Conference

Early Bird Registration is open for the @historicalnovelsocietyaustralasia HNSA 2021 Virtual Conference in October. 

With the Conference being hosted virtually for the very first time, HNSA has created its most extensive conference program to date featuring Guest of Honour, Geraldine Brooks. 

Join HNSA over two weekends in October to celebrate historical fiction with panels, interviews, workshops, bootcamps and so much more. Recorded sessions will remain accessible to registrants for three months after the event. Check out the program and book now.

Check out the program and book now.

HNSA 2021 Conference: 16-17 October and 22-24 October

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.