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EditorJonathan Green
PublisherMelbourne University Publishing
First issueDecember 1940 (1940-12)
Based inMelbourne

Meanjin (/miˈænɪn/), formerly Meanjin Papers and Meanjin Quarterly, is an Australian literary magazine. The name is derived from the Turrbal word for the spike of land where the city of Brisbane is located. It was founded in 1940 in Brisbane, by Clem Christesen. It moved to Melbourne in 1945 and is as of March 2022 a subsidiary of the University of Melbourne.


Meanjin was founded in December 1940[1] in Brisbane, by Clem Christesen.[2] The name is derived from the Turrbal word for land on which the city of Brisbane is located.[3]

It moved to Melbourne in 1945 at the invitation of the University of Melbourne.[4] Artist and patron Lina Bryans opened the doors of her Darebin Bridge House to the Meanjin group: then Vance and Nettie Palmer, Rosa and Dolia Ribush, Jean Campbell, Laurie Thomas and Alan McCulloch. There they joined the moderates in the Contemporary Art Society (Norman Macgeorge, Clive Stephen, Isobel Tweddle and Rupert Bunny, Sybil Craig, Guelda Pyke, Elma Roach, Ola Cohn and Madge Freeman and George Bell). Bryans created a free circle, and was able to give the liberal, conservative modernist position in Melbourne a more vital character and a freer base than it would otherwise have had.[5]

Meanjin Papers was published under that name until 1947, and became Meanjin from 1947 to 1960, Meanjin Quarterly from 1961 to 1976, and became Meanjin again in 1976.[6][7] It includes poetry, fiction, essays, memoirs and other forms of writing, and also produces podcasts.[8][4]

Since 2008 Meanjin is published as an imprint of Melbourne University Publishing (MUP).[4]

Notable contributors[edit]

Past contributors to Meanjin include Australian writers Judith Wright, Kylie Tennant, Manning Clark, Vance & Nettie Palmer, Dymphna Cusack, Martin Boyd, Alan Marshall, Dorothy Hewett, Peter Carey, Alice Pung, Michelle de Kretser, Randa Abdel-Fattah and Dorothy Porter. International authors published include Carmen Callil, J. M. Coetzee, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Kurt Vonnegut.[4]


Poetry editors[edit]


  1. ^ "Australian Magazines of the Twentieth Century". AustLit. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  2. ^ Laurie Clancy (2004). Culture and Customs of Australia. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-313-32169-6. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Meanjin debacle: erasing Aboriginal words in order to highlight white women's appropriation". NITV.
  4. ^ a b c d e "About". Meanjin. 7 April 2021. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  5. ^ Forwood, Gillian (2003). "3. Darebin Bridge House and the Art Establishment 1940–1945". Lina Bryans: Rare Modern, 1909–2000. Carlton, Victoria: Miegunyah Press. ISBN 9780522850376.
  6. ^ Australian Poets and Their Works, by William Wilde. Oxford University Press, 1996
  7. ^ "Meanjin [catalogue entry]", Trove, University of Melbourne, 1977, ISSN 0815-953X
  8. ^ "Editions". Meanjin. 16 December 2021. Archived from the original on 8 February 2022. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  9. ^ "Green to leave Meanjin | Books+Publishing". 17 May 2022. Retrieved 20 May 2022.

Further reading[edit]

  • Davidson, Jim (2022). Emperors in Lilliput – Clem Christesen of Meanjin and Stephen Murray-Smith of Overland. Miegunyah Press. ISBN 9780522877403.
  • Jenny Lee; Philip Mead; Gerald Murnane, eds. (1990). The Temperament of Generations: Fifty Years of Meanjin. Meanjin. ISBN 9780522844481.
  • Strahan, Lyn (1985). Just City and the Mirrors: Meanjin Quarterly and the Intellectual Front, 1940–1965. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195544213.

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