Lyn McCredden

Lyn McCredden heads the Writing and Literature group at Deakin. She researches in Australian literature, her 2017 critical monograph being The Fiction of Tim Winton: Earthed and Sacred (Sydney University Press).

Lyn McCredden reviews 'Meanjin vol. 66, no. 2' edited by Ian Britian and 'Griffith Review no. 17' edited by Julianne Schultz

October 2007, no. 295 01 October 2007
They were once called literary magazines, or journals, though dailiness was never aimed for. Monthliness is popular now, or, in the case of Meanjin and Griffith Review, quarterliness. But what kind of currency do these two magazines aim for? ‘New writing in Australia’ proclaims the subtitle of Meanjin’s latest volume; along with the banner title ‘Globalisation and Postcolonial Culture’, ... (read more)

Lyn McCredden reviews 'Westerly vol. 51' edited by Delys Bird and Dennis Haskell and 'HEAT no. 12' edited by Ivor Indyk

February 2007, no. 288 01 March 2007
Lyn McCredden reviews 'Westerly vol. 51' edited by Delys Bird and Dennis Haskell and 'HEAT no. 12' edited by Ivor Indyk
Who reads literary magazines, and why do they? Writers looking for what is being published, academics keeping up with who is being published, the elusive ‘general reader’ looking for a good read? The current volumes of HEAT and Westerly offer multiple reasons and rewards for picking them up, reasons which extend well beyond these superficial factors. Reasons which may send you to the postbox w ... (read more)

Lyn McCredden reviews 'Circus-Apprentice' by Katherine Gallagher

May 2007, no. 291 01 May 2007
Lyn McCredden reviews 'Circus-Apprentice' by Katherine Gallagher
Katherine Gallagher’s is a poetry of small spaces and objects, tiny hollows of memory that momentarily glow, incandescent, in the imagination: ‘knotted roots / reaching down into the riverbed’, ‘faces mottled in eucalyptus shade’, that place ‘beside the pond, in foaming clusters / creamy flowers of meadowsweet; / and there’s goatsbeard (‘jack-go-to-bed-at-noon’) / bird’s-foot t ... (read more)