These Strange Outcrops: Writing and Art from Canberra

Cover art by Rinaldo Hartanto.

We are very happy to present our inaugural anthology These Strange Outcrops: Writing and Art from Canberra. These Strange Outcrops is an anthology of original short stories, poems, and visual art created by local Canberrans of all ages and backgrounds.

In compiling These Strange Outcrops, we sought to showcase the works of Canberra writers, poets, creators, and artists, both established and emerging, in a dedicated text that speaks to the diversity of Canberra voices. We wished to challenge the popular narrative of the ‘Canberra bubble’ and show Canberra as it truly is: a rich, diverse, storied place, which just also happens to be the nation’s capital.

These Strange Outcrops was compiled, edited, and published in March 2020 as part of Cicerone Journal‘s Canberra Writing Anthology Project and was generously funded by ArtsACT. It was produced on Ngunnawal and Ngambri lands.

How do I order a physical copy?

If you would like to order a print copy of the anthology, please email us at to specify how many copies you would like. We will confirm with you whether we have copies available and confirm payment. Once we have received payment, we will send you your order.

In Australia, print copies are $10 per copy (price includes postage to your nominated mailing address).

If you live overseas, please contact us by email and we can discuss whether postage to your location would be possible.

Given the uncertainties that have arisen as a result of the coronavirus, we understand there may be delays or other unforeseen circumstances – we will do our best to work within these constraints.

Can I read the anthology online?

We will be uploading pieces from the anthology to our website. While this won’t be the same as reading a physical copy (you’ll sadly see less of the brilliant artistry of our graphic designer), you will still be able to access the anthology’s primary content.