Idiom 23 was first published in 1987 and has a rich history of celebrating regional living and multiculturalism in the Central Queensland region. Named for the Tropic of Capricorn, the magazine publishes original short stories, poems and articles. Black and white photographs and artwork are also welcome. As we aim to provide an opportunity for emerging and established writers alike. Idiom 23 is not limited to a particular viewpoint and publishes a broad spectrum of writing. The magazine has been supported continually by CQUniversity, in particular, by the School of Education and the Arts, and the CQUniversity Bookshop.


Dr Liz Huf was the original creator of Idiom 23. Liz was awarded the Queensland Writers' Centre Johnno Award in 2005 for contributing to the recognition and encouragement of Queensland regional writers. Liz taught at CQUniversity in media and communication for many years. Her other major enthusiasms included coordinating the Poets in the Pub, Poetry & Heritage Walks and Writers' Workshops. Sadly, Liz passed away in November 2011. Her life and work will be remembered by all who knew her and with the magazine itself.

Current Editor

Dr Nicole Anae is Senior Lecturer in Literary and Cultural Studies with the School of Education and the Arts at Central Queensland University. She teaches undergraduate and post-graduate level courses in the areas of literature, cultural studies and creative writing, and is Head of Program for the Master of Letters (M.Litt). Nicole writes prose and poetry and her research interests include colonial and postcolonial writing, embodiment and performance, and the interplay between literature, performance and identity. She has published in a variety of journals and monographs.

Assistant Editor

Greg Chapman, a CQUniversity Bachelor of Communications graduate, was a reporter with Australian Provincial Newspapers for more than eight years before moving into public relations. A member of CQUniversity's Communications team, Greg is also a published speculative fiction author and artist.

Previous Co-Editors

  • Caitlin Delaney graduated with a Bachelor of Arts at CQUniversity. She has a keen interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy and lives in Rockhampton. She hopes to pursue a career in publishing where reading and sharing stories will become her job and not just an obsessive hobby.
  • Dr Lynda Hawryluk is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts & Social Sciences at the Southern Cross University. She teaches in the area of creative writing at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Since 2005 Lynda has facilitated our popular writers' workshops on North Keppel Island and also provided writing workshops for the local community. Lynda researches in the area of writing, literature and cultural studies and has presented conference papers nationally and internationally. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in various anthologies and online. She is the Deputy Chair of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs.
  • Steve Butler, who teaches literary and cultural studies at university, is also active in the community as a writer and events coordinator and performs with various bands, including The Bad Apple Band.
  • Dr Geoff Danaher taught in the STEPS bridging program at CQUniversity. He has researched in areas such as cultural studies, education for travellers, comedy and gender and sport. He has a keen interest in promoting the culture of local communities in Central Queensland and co-authored a history of the Keppel Bay Sailing Club.
  • Dr Jim Douglas is a science communicator. In his spare time, Jim wrote, produced and edited a documentary film project called 'A Piss in the Ocean'. He also plays in the punk/prog band Therapeutic Paradox.

Previous Assistant Editors

  • Reece Lawrence is currently in his third year of a Bachelor of Arts/Business dual degree majoring in Literary and Cultural studies, Creative Writing and Management at CQUniversity.