The first issue of Peninsula Writing came out in Winter, 1983, for the Mornington Peninsula which had ‘long been in need of an outlet for creative writing’. The manifesto was to provide a forum for writers from the Peninsula and beyond.
The first edition set the pattern for issues to follow: a terrific cover by Gavin Duffy, short stories, poetry, some reviews and some artwork and graphics, including some artwork by Phillip Mead. All for $3.75.
In that first edition there were stories by Margaret Pearce, Doug Shingleton, David Kerr, Valerie Albiston, J. Mann and poetry by Desmond Judge, John Goodall, Bruce Lundgren, Shane Doheny, Anne Parratt and Reece Caterson. I reviewed The Younger Australian Poets and Liam Davison reviewed The Plains by Gerald Murnane.
Below: the editorial for Issue 1
Below: Contents for Issue 1
Below: Pages 4-5 of Issue 1, featuring artwork by Philip Mead
Below: Page 36-37, featuring art work by Phillip Mead and a story by Valerie Albiston
Below: Pages 44 and 45. Poem by Reece Caterson, art work by Phillip Mead