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Indigo Journal

WA journal to have its last hurrah

Donna Ward chats to Claire Williams about the latest and last volume of Indigo creative writing journal.

Now is the time for Donna Ward to sit back and take stock.

She has been the Managing Editor of Indigo journal since its inception in 2007, turning out six volumes with the help of dedicated publishers, volunteers, and guest editors. She is the energy and the vision behind the project, describing her involvement as “totally absorbing of my day-to-day existence.”

Indigo celebrates and nurtures local writing talent, only publishing work by those who have lived in WA for at least three years. Volume VI is the latest and last edition, with its unifying theme being nature writing. Ward explains that she is attracted to the radical qualities of the genre. “It has the potential to make people think about some of the key issues that we are facing today, this week, this month particularly.”

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Author Annamaria Weldon

Ward is chuffed that Volume VI features the essay which has won the Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize.

It is entitled “Threshold Country” and it is by Annamaria Weldon a contributor who has been present in every volume of Indigo.

 “The whole process helps to profile Indigo in the Eastern States. Also, I know that it encouraged a large number of West Australians to think about nature writing while they were entering the competition.”

As always, there is an impressive selection of poetry, essays and short stories.

The short stories are particularly good, with a lively range of characters, themes, and writing styles. Ward agrees. “In my opinion, this is the most fabulous collection of short stories that we’ve had. They were selected by Cate Kennedy who knows a short story when she sees one. After all, she’s the queen of short stories in Australia.” 

It’s a real shame that Volume VI has to be the last, and its absence will create a palpable gap for local writers. Ward explains that it was a case of everything colliding – funding cuts, flooded offices, and the publisher bowing out.

Now that the decision has been made, and with Volume VI ready to hit the bookshelves, Ward seems resigned to the fact that Indigo had to end.

“Literary journals do come and go. To come out with six volumes is actually quite stunning. It’s a little miracle that it occurred at all, and I still can’t believe I managed to achieve it. Indigo seriously did promote West Australian writing to the rest of the country.”

Indigo Volume VI will be launched at the Perth Writer’s Festival on Saturday March 5th. For details, go to

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