A failed vision : Realist Writers' Groups in Australia, 1945-65 : the case of Overland

McLaren, John (1986) A failed vision : Realist Writers' Groups in Australia, 1945-65 : the case of Overland. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)


In the early 1950's, Frank Hardy, then probably Australia's best known Communist writer, wrote a letter to the Party's newspaper, Tribune, complaining that the paper's contents and political commentary did not reflect the actual interests of the workers. To remedy this, he suggested that worker correspondent should be appointed in each workplace to write reports of what they and their fellows were actually doing and discussing. Those correspondents who developed an interest in writing should be encouraged to join Realist Writers' Groups which would nurture their talents, and a national journal could then be established to publish the best of their work. Finally, a publishing cooperative would give them the opportunity to bring their work directly to the audience of their fellow-workers.

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Item type Other
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/17036
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 2001 Communication and Media Studies
Historical > FOR Classification > 2005 Literary Studies
Current > Collections > McLaren Papers
Keywords Australian literature, journals, Communist Party of Australia, Overland, Quadrant, Cold War, socialism, Realist Writer, working class, writers, Australian Labor Party, Sydney Realist Writers' Group, editorial boards members, magazines, Australasian Book Society, MCLAREN-BOXB1-DOC1
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