History of Verandah

There is a long history of Verandah Journal, with thirty-seven previous volumes to its name. It was established as an annual, student-run print publication providing rich editorial and publishing experience for fresh students with new ideas each year. Publication teams are carefully selected from students studying professional and creative writing at Deakin. The work of each Verandah team equates to running a small business, as well as a platform for editors to hone their skills and put theory into practice. 

Verandah Literary and Art Journal was founded in 1986 underneath the actual verandahs of Victoria College—now known as Deakin University—where writing students would sit their exams. This beautiful and historical Australian site became the perfect image of a training ground.

The first edition of Verandah was launched in the great hall of Stonnington, graced with the presence of family, friends, supportive academic, contributors, and acclaimed Australian writers Helen Garner and Garry Disher. Many well-known names can be found within the pages of Verandah!

This image shows a collection of various copies of Verandah Journal

Our founding editors are Anne Casey, Katie Cody, Genevieve Fitzgerald and Dianne Perrin Knie. You can read an interview with Genevieve Fitzgerald in our ‘Interviews’ section, where she says: ‘One thing’s for sure: the training I gained from Verandah taught me profound lessons about courage and risk, creativity and collaboration, about how a good idea can become a generous reality that applies the ‘pay it forward’ principle if everyone is willing to share. I am forever grateful to the people who helped to get the journal off the notepad and onto the bookshelf, to all those who continue to nourish it and to the ever-increasing family that grows from Verandah’s annual publication’.

If you want to see more about the history of Verandah Journal and what it’s like to work and be published, there are a selection of interviews to read from previous designers, authors and artists.

Previous Publication Teams