Ashley Hay has been appointed editor of Griffith Review, and founding editor Julianne Schultz will become publisher of the highly regarded quarterly of current affairs and culture. Griffith Review is published by Griffith University in conjunction with Text Publishing, and is supported by the Australia Council, Copyright Agency and Arts Queensland, patrons, donors and subscribers.
Dr Hay is a distinguished author, journalist and editor with a unique set of skills across literature, science and current affairs. She said she welcomed the opportunity to take on the editorship of Griffith Review.
‘It is my dream job,’ she said. ‘Griffith Review has made such a major contribution to the writing and public affairs world over the past fifteen years. I welcome the opportunity to build on this tradition and ensure that the quarterly continues to thrive and adapt to changing circumstances and opportunities. This publication is needed more than ever as the media and publishing world changes – we need the stories, we need the background that comes from extended exploration of major issues, writers need the opportunity to publish, and readers to be introduced to new writers and ideas.’
In early May the sixtieth edition of Griffith Review, First Things First, was published. This was a special edition with an Indigenous theme written predominantly by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors, and co-edited by Associate Professor Sandra Phillips. The next edition, Who We Are will be published in August, co-edited by Peter Mares.
‘It has been a wonderful opportunity to create a new literary and current affairs publication in Australia and to see it mature over the past fifteen years,’ Professor Schultz said.
‘I am grateful to the visionary encouragement of the Vice Chancellor Ian O’Connor and the support of the whole Griffith University community.
‘Starting a publication like this was an unusual activity for a university, but the impact of Griffith Review has repaid the investment many times over by enriching public life and providing opportunities for more than a thousand authors.
‘Now it is time to bring on a new editor and for me to assist Ashley and the team by assuming the role of publisher. I will now pursue writing and research projects as Professor of Media and Culture in the Griffith Social and Cultural Research Centre, in the Arts Education and Law faculty at Griffith University.’
Associate Professor Hay will commence in the role in July and be based at the Griffith University campus at South Bank in Brisbane. Professor Schultz will be based at the Griffith University Gold Coast campus from September 2018.