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Denise O’Hagan

Denise O’Hagan is an editor by trade. Born and raised in Italy, she lived in the UK before emigrating to Australia in 1990. She holds an...

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Jack B. Bedell

Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also...

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Jayant Kashyap

Jayant Kashyap’s poetry appears in The Ekphrastic Review, Barren and StepAway magazines, among others; one of his poems was featured...

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Paul Casey

Paul Casey has published poems in journals and anthologies in Ireland and around the world. His most recent collection is Virtual...

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Marnie Reid reflects about our fiction in issue six.  

Good historical fiction draws the reader into a world from the past, bringing to life events, characters and lessons that often ring true...

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Anne Casey reflects on Issue Six.

“The road is full of perfume. Urine. Bile. Death.” These nine initial words from Jayant Kashyap’s poem ‘History’ in this issue...

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History

By Jayant Kashyap         This poem was originally published in the poetry chapbook Survival (2018) by Jayant Kashyap....

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Historically Sensible

by Kevin Higgins       This poem first appeared in Kevin Higgins’s 2014 collection The Ghost In The Lobby(Salmon Poetry)....

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A Novel Excerpt from Pelagia’s Healing Therapies

by Carol Major. Dian Wellfare is the founder of Origins, an organisation lobbying on behalf of birth mothers who relinquished babies for...

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Born to the Wrong City.

by Samantha Pena Roshier ‘That’s the thing, Mary. They’ll tell you love is the most beautiful thing on earth and then they’ll...

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NEON LURE

By Reece Pye The next thing he remembers, after the bitch spat in his eye, is face planting on the footpath. There is a dull ringing in...

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Reece Pye

Reece Pye is an undergraduate student at Swinburne University, and enjoys reading and writing fiction in his spare time. He hopes to one...

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Beelzebub asks the virtuoso of sadism for advice
(from Satan Repentant)

By Michael Aiken   Beelzebub fallen to disease, absent himself willfully, to muster some inkling, some new insight born of nothing...

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Sometimes the Alligator Gets to Write the Ending

By Jack B. Bedell...

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I’m Hiding.

by Savannah White. ‘Hush now, Lucas.’ A flash of light shone through the cracks of timber; Mama smiles at me before the light...

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Our inaugural podcast with Katya de Becerra.

Oscar O’Neil-Pugh speaks to Katya de Becerra....

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The Woes of Witchcraft

By Larissa Dubrowsky-Ryan Ukraine 1880 When Agraphena arrived, Nina was lying on the rough hay bed, her face pale. Sweat pooled the sheet...

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The Dead Have No Voice

By Reece Pye  Ever since the passing of his dearly beloved Edina, the only woman his now crippled heart had ever cared for, the days...

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L’Inconnue de la Seine

By Cheryl Pearson In the late 1880’s, the body of a young woman was pulled from the Seine. The pathologist at the Paris Morgue was so...

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Jane Clarke

Jane Clarke’s first collection, The River, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2015 to both public and critical acclaim. Her second...

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Paper Stone Circles

By Paul Casey stone turns to paper in her eye as she filters cycles of light into circles of paper stones her eye is a stone circle a...

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For Pointing at the Sun

by Paul Casey.   1. Just as the pillars meet a mile above the architrave A sky splinter plummets to puncture the floodplain A standing...

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For Helen

By Brian Jerrold Koester    ...

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On the Boat

By Jane Clarke Published in The River (Bloodaxe Books 2015)....

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coming out backstory

By Sandra Renew...

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Cynthia D. Nelson

Cynthia D. Nelson is a writer, researcher, and education consultant who has published extensively in applied linguistics. At the University...

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Indian Fever

By Marley Stuart    If you asked Karo, he would tell you that he loved his younger sister right from the beginning. He was terrible...

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Elisabeth Hanscombe

Elisabeth Hanscombe, who blogs at www.sixthinline.com, is a psychologist and writer. She published her memoir, The Art of Disappearing in...

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Natalie D-Napoleon

Natalie D-Napoleon is a writer, singer-songwriter and educator from Fremantle, Australia who now lives in California. For 20 plus years she...

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Interview with Kristina Olsson.

You’ve said in the past that you felt writing chose you. Where did it all begin for you and what motivated you to pursue writing? As a...

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