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Claudette Colvin

By Fiona Lynch   When she was four, white boys asked to touch her hand, to compare; her mother slapped her face, not her place.  ...

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At the Assassin’s Hands

By Melinda Jane Your sea soft, melancholy blue eyes Your long, slender Celtic hands Your long, curled locked hair   You, at 19 years...

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Sunday 11th July 1875 – ‘Just before 8ish!’

By Melinda Jane   How many heard your mooted screams that Sunday evening At Mrs. Mitchell’s paddock between the house and the hay...

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Helen Mitchell Photography 1873

By Melinda Jane   Floor-grazing gown cinched at the waist silhouette black crepe crisp and crimped who would imagine three years on...

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Iron Above the Hills

By Bill Cotter   The storm rambles and tramps, hammering pine trees, Strafing crops and, from the tangled clouds, spilling jags Of...

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The ‘Stitched Up’ Project

Backstory is proud to present excerpts from the ‘Stitched Up’ project, by poet Anne Casey and artist Jane Theau.   In...

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Bill Cotter

Bill Cotter has been writing short stories and poetry for forty years, He has won a number of literary awards, including the poetry prize...

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Judy Rigby

Judy Rigby completed the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing at the CAE in 2014 and is working on a number of fiction pieces...

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Amanda Pearson

Amanda (Pand) Pearson should complete her Masters of Arts in Writing at Swinburne in 2017. She holds a Diploma of Professional Writing and...

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Louise Hopewell

Louise is an Australian writer, poet and songwriter. Louise suffers from itchy feet and has lived and worked in Thailand, Japan and a...

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Interview with Sandra Gulland

By Sophie Myers   Sandra Gulland is the internationally celebrated author of number of historical novels, such as the Josephine B....

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Chris Childs

Chris has a passion for writing 19th century Australian history. A BA in Psychology and MA in Biography & Life Writing have influenced...

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Interview with Rachel Nightingale

By Sophie Meyers What motivated you to start writing? I decided to become a writer at the age of 8. I can’t really remember why now, but...

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Interview with Christopher Raja

By Senaj Alijevski   What challenges and experiences inspired your novels? I love when someone tells me a story. I think this love for...

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Review of Harlequins Riddle by Rachel Nightingale

Review by Joe Bosa “There is a moment, just before the dreamer stirs, when the mysteries of the world offer up their meanings. There is...

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Review of Jack of Spades by Sophie Masson

Review by Jessica Forth It is not often that a book opens is narrative with the call to action on it’s first page. It is also unusual...

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Janice Simpson

Janice Simpson is a part-time PhD candidate at RMIT University in the School of Media and Communication, who has completed her Confirmation...

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Taking the children away: what have we learnt from past Australian practices when children were removed from their families?

By Janice Simpson Introduction As a nation, we have taken lessons from what occurred in the past. We have outlawed baby farming, a practice...

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Samuel Elliott

Samuel Elliott is a Sydney-based freelance literary and entertainment reporter. Having previously regularly appeared in premier digital...

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‘Falling Pomegranate Seeds’ by Wendy J. Dunn

Review by Sarah Giles “All of us must walk our own roads, but ‘tis wrong to prevent women from walking to many roads just because...

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Professor Josie Arnold

Dr. Josie Arnold is Professor of Writing. She developed the MA(Writing) online course and the PhD by Artefact & Exegesis for creative...

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Dr Jacqueline Ross

Dr Jacqueline Ross is a widely published author of fiction and non-fiction. She has written for both children and adults. Jacqueline is...

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Clare Millar

Clare Millar studies creative writing / literature and professional writing / editing at Swinburne University. She’s part of the...

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Margaret Marchant

Margaret Marchant lives in Adelaide, South Australia and is currently studying for Masters of Arts (Writing) at Swinburne University. When...

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Editorial – Issue Two

By Dr Jacqueline Ross This second edition of Backstory gives Swinburne students an opportunity to see their work published and a reach an...

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Prelude to Dawn

By Arianne James   We arrive at winter’s onset. I upon an open-aired milk truck, Lionel riding close behind. The downpour strikes...

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Lucy’s War

By Kate Wann   The following story is based on fact. All the quotes are directly taken from the diary of Lucy Daw 1915. Except for a...

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Dinosaurs: An Alternate Ending

By John Whitehall King Jayavarman’s waning virility was not surprising. The royal serpent had raised its head to strike so many...

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John Whitehall

John Frederick Whitehall suffers from chronic wanderlust. Treatment for this syndrome has taken him to over fifty countries but, as yet, a...

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Had as Leif Control

By Vashti Farrer   LETTER from: Earl Bathurst to Governor Darling.   Downing Street, 17th August, 1825. Sir,...

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