Indigo Sunset

Published : Monday, January 10, 2011

What looks certain to be the very last issue of that very fine literary journal, Indigo, has just come out.

Indigo 6 (Summer 2011) contains, apart from the usual assembly of unusual of fine and surprising poetry and prose, some pieces coined at a workshop I ran with Indigo‘s editor, my friend Donna Ward, in July 2010 in Busselton. The workshop aimed to produce some words that sculptors Alex and Nicole Mickle might incorporate in the work they’re installing along the rejuvenated Busselton Jetty, and it did. You can read some of them, my poem “The Jetty” among them, in Indigo 6.

The journal, closing down because the WA government couldn’t see their way clear to fund it any longer, has launched some careers, rejuvenated WA (and therefore also Australian) writing, and adorned the literary landscape since 2007. All praise and honour to its editor, Donna Ward. And thank you.

I had the privilege of guest editing the creative nonfiction for what turned out to be the final issue. John Kinsella chose the poems; Cate Kennedy chose the fiction. Not a bad crew.

The final issue of Indigo publishes the winner of the first ever TNC Nature Writing Prize, sponsored and conceived by Paula Mclean, launched by me and Barry Lopez in Perth last March and supported enthusiastically by Donna and Indigo. I judged it with Sally Blakeney, this year. The prize is worth $5000 (to the winner); if you missed it this year, look out for it next year. We had over 150 entries, many of them very fine. But in the end, the winning entry was by a nose the finest of them all. The winner and the shortlisted essayists are announced on 22 February at a gala event at the NSW State Library.