Heriot Media and Governance


The Growing 'Island'
December 27, 2015
'Island' magazine, Issue 143

The Tasmania-based quarterly, Island magazine, has continued to undergo creative rejuvenation and growth throughout 2015. Island offers insightful writing about topics that matter - nonfiction, short stories and poetry - along with stylish design and coverage of the visual arts for national audiences.

For the past three years, the outgoing editor Matthew Lamb has led a process of renewal. Recent highlights include the serialisation of triple Miles Franklin Award-winner, David Ireland's first published novel in 15 years, The World Repair Video Game, a previously unpublished work of Marshall McLuhan, along with fine work by emerging writers. Island has a creative partnership with Hobart's MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) and close relationships with major cultural entities such as the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).

This year, the governing board (chaired by Geoff Heriot), has concentrated on the task of building a more a more sustainable organisation. The magazine has more than tripled its print run, more than doubled its subscriber numbers, increased retail sales, and secured government and private philanthropic grants.