Immigration for a variety of cultures and experiences has enriched Australia enormously. Joyful Strains is comprised of twenty seven memoirs from writers describing their expatriation to Australia. Stories about what they found, who they became and what they now think of Australia. The driving concept behind the cover design was of this enrichment, the metaphor being waterways in a typically vast, dry continent.
Edited by Ali Lemer and Kent MacCarter, writers include Dmetri Kakmi, Alice Pung, Michael Sala, Paola Totaro, Danny Katz and Mark Dapin.