Letters to the Editor

Clem Christesen, 1946, University of Melbourne Archives
Clem Christesen, 1946, University of Melbourne Archives

On Wednesday 24th March, join Meanjin editor Jonathan Green and historian, author and former Meanjin editor Jim Davidson when they discuss ‘Letters to the Editor’ a reflection on correspondence from the University collection and a portrait of Meanjin’s founding 30-year editor, Clem Christesen.

About the speakers

Meanjin editor Jonathan Green has been an editor, writer, commentator and broadcaster in a 40-year career as a journalist, beginning with a cadetship at The Canberra Times and taking in various Australian dailies: the Melbourne Herald, The Herald Sun, the Sunday Herald, The Sunday Age and 15 years at The Age. Jonathan left The Age in 2006 as editor of Crikey. After three years there he found his way to the ABC as founding editor of ABC Online’s The Drum. He presents Blueprint for Living on ABC Radio National. He is the author of Around Australia In 80 Days (2004) and The Year My Politics Broke (2013). He has been editor of Meanjin since 2015.

Jim Davidson is an historian and biographer, and a former editor of Meanjin. He is the author of A Three-Cornered Life: The historian WK Hancock (2010) and the memoir A Führer for a Father: The domestic face of colonialism (2017). His biographies Lyrebird Rising (of the musical patron Louise Hanson-Dyer) and A Three-Cornered Life (of the historian Keith Hancock) have won major awards. His most recent books are Moments in Time: A Book of Australian Postcards (2016) and A Führer for a Father (2017). He is currently writing a double biography of two literary magazine editors, Clem Christesen of Meanjin and Stephen Murray-Smith of Overland.

The discussion is the second in our program series commemorating Meanjin’s 80th anniversary. A video of the event will be available online following the panel discussion.