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Gary McCartney

Gary McCartney is a designer, artist and writer originally from Northern Ireland. His company, McCartney Design, has won several Australian...

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Brittney Alexander

Brittney Alexander is currently studying professional writing and editing at Swinburne University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading...

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Stuart Barnes

Stuart Barnes was born and grew up in Hobart and lived in Melbourne for seventeen years before moving to Rockhampton. His first poetry...

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Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell is a Dublin-based writer and editor. Her books include The loneliness of the sasquatch – from the Irish of Gabriel Rosenstock...

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Audrey Molloy

Audrey Molloy is an emerging Irish poet living in Sydney. Her poetry has appeared in The North, Magma, The Moth, Meanjin, Cordite, Overland...

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Mari Maxwell

In 2018, Mari read at the Strokestown International Poetry Festival and at the Irish Writers Centre International Women’s Day 2018-2019....

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Gareth Sion Jenkins

Gareth lives in Sydney with his wife and daughter. He has taught poetry and poetics in schools, youth centres, universities, libraries and...

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Caitlin Bowen

Caitlin Bowen is currently in her third year at Swinburne University, studying both a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts....

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Introducing issue 7 of Backstory.

by Tom Meagher. A yearning for freedom from both physical and ineffable barriers re-emerges throughout this issue of Backstory. Visible and...

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How and why we should rewrite the exclusion narratives of our world.

by Anne Connor   Picking up on the work of Jane Elliott, retired American teacher and racist educator, imagine the history of the...

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Tom Meagher

Tom is an award-winning campaigner, writer and communications professional, community development and advocacy strategist with a background...

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Facing the Music

by Moya Roddy.   Similimum, similimum. Like with like. Homeopathy works by releasing the body’s innate power to heal, a power...

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Review of Anne Casey’s ‘out of emptied cups’.

A kookaburra laughing carries me home through the clearing where the wattles are bursting their golden crowns dancing against a brooding...

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Book Review of Leah Kaminsky’s The Hollow Bones.

Reviewed by Angela Wauchop “… Herta’s eyes were open to an army of haters spinning their sticky threads among the populace. Every...

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AN ATTEMPTED ESCAPE

Port Arthur, Van Diemen’s Land, 1842 By Bill Cotter,   I slunk from black to grey and black again. Smelt the gum leaves. Felt the...

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Delivery

by Eleanor Hooker.  ...

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The Cool Beach

by Sven Doedens   Cameron slammed the door behind him. He didn’t slam it too hard because he knew he could damage the door, and then...

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If When

Reviewed by Brittney Alexander. “He had always been fond of knives. Each hilt sat warm and comfortable in the palm of his hand, as though...

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Feeling the Cold

by Moya Roddy   I told myself you didn’t feel the cold, out and about in tee shirts in all weathers. When the rest of us were...

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Mapping like all colonisers like to map

By Gareth Jenkins   An earlier version of this poem was a finalist in the 2016 Newcastle Poetry Prize and published under the title...

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Book Review of GS Johnston’s Sweet Bitter Cane

Reviewed by Angela Wauchop “The war had left them idle. Each bomb and bullet and bayonet had torn the fabric of the village to ribbons,...

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Swansong

by Wendy J. Dunn The nurse bends over Dad with her stethoscope and listens to his heartbeat. ‘Not long now,’ she mutters under her...

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The Darksome Bounds of a Failing World.

Reviewed by Brittney Alexander.   Gareth Russell’s book, The Darksome Bounds of a Failing World, addresses the sinking of the...

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THE “EARL CORNWALLIS”

By Bill Cotter, Between 1788 and 1840, twelve thousand women were transported, usually for minor offences, to New South Wales.   Oh,...

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Matrimonies

By Stuart Barnes     This poem was previously published in Glasshouses (UQP 2016)...

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no angel

By Magi Gibson   she was nine and half her milk teeth gone because she’d kissed the boys behind the shed And she listened in on big...

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Recipes for the Disaster

Reviewed by Michael Aiken Gareth Jenkins’ Recipes for the Disaster (Five Islands 2019) reads like a series of rituals or incantations,...

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TWO POEMS BY SULPICIA

Translated by Melinda Smith   V: From my sick bed Sulpicia 5 (Tibullus 3, 17)   Cerinthus, will you keep faith with your girl now...

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Richard James Allen

Interviewed by Samuel Elliott. Richard James Allen is an Australian born poet whose writinghas appeared widely in journals, anthologies,...

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Moya Roddy

Moya Roddy’s novel The Long Way Home was described in the Irish Times as “simply brilliant”.  Her collection of short stories Other...

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