We wish to thank the Commonwealth Schools Commission which funded much of the preliminary work which led to this collection through its Projects of National Significance. We also thank all the writers for their generous and thoughtful participation in the project. Geraldine Connor helped us in the early stages, openly sharing her ideas, and we acknowledge and appreciate her assistance. We want, further, to express our appreciation to Kevin Keeff whose thoughts on certain aspects of the collection were valuable. Ann Stevens, Marilyn Walker and Leonie Taylor all helped with typing and formatting, and Joan Fox with proofreading; we are particularly grateful to each. Deakin and Murdoch universities provided institutional support for the project and we acknowledge a special indebtedness to both universities. Our gratitude also goes to Mary O'Connor who managed the project and assisted us most ably with many of its different components.