Author name: Claire Albrecht

Claire Albrecht is a Newcastle-based poet and Editor-in-Chief of The Suburban Review. She was the 2019 Emerging Writers Festival fellow at the State Library of Victoria, a 2020 Varuna ‘Writing Fire, Writing Drought’ fellow, and will be a resident at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, New Mexico in 2021. Her debut chapbook pinky swear was published in 2018, and her forthcoming manuscript handshake was shortlisted for the 2021 Puncher & Wattmann First Poetry Book Prize. Claire is also the Poetry Curator for the Newcastle Writers Festival.


Q&A with Josie/Jocelyn Deane

A photo of contributor Josie/Jocelyn Deane against a light turquoise and yellow wave-pattern background. Josie/Jocelyn is smiling, and wearing a brown beanie with rainbow cat ears and a tiny pink sparkly cowboy hat, a blue scarf and a sleeveless black top with a heart cutout. To the left are three images of the magazine’s cover in a column. Text above the photo reads “THE SUBURBAN REVIEW magazine, issue: #21, theme: SALT”. To the right of the photo is the contributor’s name. Along the bottom of the image the magazine’s website “” is repeated three times.

JOSIE/JOCELYN DEANE is a writer/student at the university of Melbourne. Their work has appeared in Cordite, Southerly, Australian Poetry and Overland, among others. They were shortlisted for the 2015 Marsden and Hachette prize for poetry. In 2021 they were one of the recipients of the Queensland Poetry Festival Ekphrasis award. They live on unceded Wurundjeri …

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Q&A with Safdar Ahmed

A collage of images, including the suburban review Issue 19 cover, a textured orange rectangle, and a portrait of Safdar Ahmed. Safdar is looking straight down the barrel of the camera. He is wearing a blue beanie and a blue shirt, and has dark facial hair. His expression is very serious.

SAFDAR AHMED is a Sydney-based artist and creator of the Walkley Award-winning  documentary web-comic Villawood: Notes from an immigration  detention centre. He prefers the mediums of drawing and comics,  and is currently working on a graphic novel called Still Alive, to be  published by Twelve Panels Press next year. Claire Albrecht, our Associate Editor and Submissions …

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