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The Richest Man Alive

By Jesse Fleming “J.J. Astor, the richest man on board and a pariah in American polite society, was redeemed by his self-sacrificing...

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Philology

By Magdalena Ball Her grandparents were forced to take last names.   How to choose: occupation, toponym, personal qualities, lineage?...

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In an Offseason for Homecoming

By Joshua Klarica Even though I have stood here more times than I could count, in the chattering cold of mid-winters dawn, and bleaks...

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Nothing but Blue Skies

By Devika Brendon A long time ago, nearly a quarter of a century, now, I visited Iceland, during the brief summer, a place and time where...

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Varnana

by Lilanka Botejue “I am not in my right senses. Those eyes, those lips and those beautifully wide hips have long been my lure and my...

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The Poet

By Peter Loveday We climb up into the branches of the old tree, twist off the mandarins and launch them high into the air where they grow...

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Interview with Craig Sherborne

By Matthew Goodall Craig Sherborne is a poet, playwright, and novelist. His debut memoir Hoi Polloi was shortlisted for both the Queensland...

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Violet Town

By Juliett Salom They say he was here. A horse under his legs and the world strapped on his shoulders, they say he came to rob and steal...

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Guilty Pigs Review

By Chloe Britton Written by Professors Katy Barnett and Jeremy Gans from the law school of the University of Melbourne, Guilty Pigs is a...

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The Woman in the Pink Hat

By Jane Downing Rita put her lesson plan to one side in frustration. Her cup of tea was cold. In one way there was too much material on the...

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First AIDS* Funeral

By Peter Mitchell (1985) It was January. The party at the Wellington Boot raged into the night. Platters of food were spread around the...

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Me Big Day

By Alison Knight They’ll be coming to fetch me soon. It’s me big day! Lots of people out there. I can hear them through me window....

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Escape to her

By Teneille Pedrina “I’m pregnant,” she said. Gabriel stood frozen. “Isn’t that wonderful news babe? I mean, of course, it’s a...

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They Hunt Us Now

By Sarah Ebner Bowes We sat, huddled together, in the corner. The sound of bodies hurling themselves at the walls and trees that surrounded...

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The Grass Hotel Review

By Matthew Goodall Craig Sherborne is a poet, playwright, and novelist. His debut memoir Hoi Polloi was shortlisted for both the Queensland...

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I Am The Wrong Answer

By Hibah Shabkhez From the sunlit fringes of cloud Yesterday’s ghost watches You, counting your footsteps aloud Like ounces of black...

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Glass-Panes Make Things Unkickable

By Hibah Shabkhez Flocking and gawking at the piece of clay We excavate profound thoughts like toothpaste Dredged up from an empty tube....

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Blisters

By Bill Cotter Memories of hay carting in the early 1960’s, Western Victoria   The Bedford coughs, lurches, and stops by the hay...

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Edward Levenson

By Peter Mitchell ‘They walk the edge, and from the edge fly out, testing and trying out their lives’ Potiki, Patricia Grace...

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The Sweet Science

By David Atkinson Who’ll go a round or two for a pound or two? —  Jimmy Sharman   The town’s tough, unlimited...

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Joshua Klarica

Joshua Klarica is a writer from Sydney’s inner west. He recently finished up his Honours year studying English Literature at The...

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Hibah Shabkhez

Hibah Shabkhez is a writer of the half-yo literary tradition, an erratic language-learning enthusiast, and a happily eccentric blogger from...

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Jesse Fleming

Jesse Fleming is a Chicago-based writer, editor, musician, and activist. Her work has appeared in the anthology Minnesota’s Best...

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Lilanka Botejue

Lilanka Botejue is a Sri Lankan writer, archaeology buff & marketer with a love for music, traveling, nature and food. She is an...

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Sarah Ebner Bowes

Sarah is a third-year Creative Writing student at Swinburne and aspiring author of short stories and novella. She developed a passion for...

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Matthew Goodall

Matthew Goodall is a writer and student currently completing a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing at Swinburne University....

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Juliette Salom

Juliette Salom (she/her) is a writer from Naarm/Melbourne currently studying Creative Writing at RMIT University. Her writing has been...

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Chloe Britton

Chloe has a Certificate IV in Professional Writing and editing, and is now studying the Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing. She...

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Peter Mitchell

Placed Second in the inaugural (2021) Lismore Creative Writing Award (Creative Nonfiction, ‘Death Sentence’), Peter Mitchell...

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Teneille Pedrina

Teneille lives in regional Victoria and is currently completing her Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing at Swinburne...

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