Australian news sources, including the media website Crikey, are reporting the closure of the Australian Literary Review (ALR). The review journal lost funding from the Group of Eight universities in August 2011 and support from the Australia Council for the Arts and the Pratt Foundation has also expired.
Literary critic and ALR contributor Peter Craven told Crikey: 'Obviously it will be a great loss ... It was a fine thing that News Limited with their backing from the universities could produce a highbrow monthly that addressed itself to literary and intellectual matters and it will be a matter of some sadness to the Australian literary and intellectual world that it’s no longer there.'
The final issue of ALR will be published in October 2011. The full Crikey article about ALR's demise is available here.