1 January 2010



FIRST is an annual anthology of creative writing by students at the University of Canberra. As Managing Editor, Irma mentored the student editorial committee through the process of putting together three anthologies, Undertow (2009), Pulse (2014) and Blood and Flesh (2015, co-edited with Patrick Mullins).

Buy issues of FIRST here.

Praise for FIRST
The stories in
Undertow captured me — collectively they make up the best FIRST anthology to date.  Jen Webb

Wonderful, near perfect word-worlds.  Felicity Packard

A more-ish collection of work by emerging writers. Like a packet of Skittles, every sentence of Undertow is full of flavour and should be savoured.  Ingrid Jonach

Pulse is a potent collection honed on a whetstone. Eclectic and enjoyable, it’s topfull with the authenticity that readers crave.  Andrew Croome

A wonderful constellation of new writing…There’s magic, humour, hope, fear, colour, variety, simplicity and complexity in this
Pulse: FIRST 2014 Brooke Davis

An impressive achievement.  Whispering Gums

Selected links
Read an article about Undertow in Monitor here.
Read an article about Pulse in Monitor here.
Read an article about FIRST in The Canberra Times here.
Read a review of Pulse in Whispering Gums here.

Listen to Irma interviewed about FIRST’s 21st issue on 2XX FM’s Scissors Paper Pen: