We’re excited to bring you three extraordinary pieces of writing developed through our ‘Writing Climate Futures’ project, supported by the City of Hobart’s Dr Edward Hall Environment Grant. The authors write of more frequent and intense fire, they write of climate change’s uneven socioeconomic consequences, and they write of bearing witness, of love and of hope.

You’ll also be able to explore the plight of Tasmania’s endangered swift parrot, meditate  on a landscape of drought and grief, and contemplate the beauties, subtleties and power of nature. Of course, there’s also so much more to enjoy in our poetry, fiction, essays and art features. Our goal remains, as it has always been, to bring you excellence and variety. We’ve greatly enjoyed putting this issue together, and we’re sure you’ll find it as thought-provoking as it is beautiful.


We recently learned that we have not been successful in achieving federal or state arts funding. This is a major threat to Island’s continuing existence. We are currently discussing the situation with Arts Tasmania, and are exploring all other funding avenues. We would be delighted to hear from anyone with ideas about grants, philanthropy and fundraising opportunities. Also please get in touch if you have the passion and capacity to join the management committee/board in striving to secure Island's future.

In the meantime, if you are a current subscriber you should have received your issue of 158 by now, and we promise to keep you updated regarding future issues of the magazine as our situation becomes clearer. If you have any questions, please contact us at If you're not currently subscribing, we would love you to do so. However, if you feel unsure about subscribing at this time, we suggest you either place your order for 158 here, or head to your local bookshop or newsagent.

From the Island team, a heartfelt thanks to the many members of our loyal community who have expressed their support in so many ways. For now, enjoy our latest issue.