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ERNIE ECOB AS A BARE-BELLIED JOE

By Melinda Smith ‘Women only want to be shearers for the sex’ — Ernie Ecob, former Secretary, Australian Workers’ Union   She...

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safe hands

By Philip Porter,   She falls into her father’s arms from various heights: This was the light that held her darknesses from her....

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Laura Wild

Poorly navigating the internet one LiveLeak video at a time, Laura Wild is an Australian writer currently studying at Swinburne University...

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Tuam Lullaby

By Gary McCartney     Hush, Macushla, time to sleep The night is getting colder Pray the Lord your soul to keep For you’ll...

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Someone to talk to

by Wendy Wicks   She is standing in the doorway examining him. His eyes were still grey. She remembered when they first met. Those...

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Mark Mulholland

Mark Mulholland was born and raised in Ireland, and when fifteen underwent a stroke of genius and left schooling to linger around a...

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Nigel Featherstone

by Samuel Elliott   About the author… Nigel Featherstone is an Australian writer who has been published widely. His works include...

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Metamorphosis

By Anita Patel (in memory of Maria Sibylla Merian – 1647 -1717)   It is not natural for a young girl to gaze at insects night...

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Michele Seminara

Michele Seminara is a poet, editor and yoga teacher. After studying English and Australian Literature at the University of Sydney, she...

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Karen Lethlean

Karen Lethlean is a retired English teacher. With fiction which has appeared in the Barbaric Yawp, Ken*Again, Pendulum Papers and has won a...

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Jerilderie

By Nathanael O’Reilly   Eat a counter lunch of lamb shanks, salad and chips at the Royal Mail Hotel in the room where the Kelly...

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Cockle Picking

By Amanda Bell   Look first for an open cockle shell, spreadeagled on the damp part of the strand, then, with your fingers, form a...

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Woven in the Bone

By Audrey Molloy   And all this time, was anyone keeping account?      Light from Light, true God from true God, Child-years lost...

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As woman surface

By Ellen Shelley   You watch as shadows wear you as ink dries hard up inside the stone.   Tombs collapse with their dialect of...

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Wendy Wicks

I dropped out of my first degree. After 12 years, which included a marriage and kids, I went back to study and became in time, a radio...

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I Speak

By Chad Norman, Remembering Kenneth Patchen, but written for those war and politics uproot.   I speak because I can because I can use...

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Sven Doedens

Sven was born and raised in Hobart with three younger brothers. His childhood mostly included playing sports and travelling overseas during...

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Juliana Curr 1835, 2 years, 10 months, 14 days

By Rose Lucas Highfield House, home of the Van Diemen’s Land Company Manager, Stanley Tasmania    ...

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‘The Bridge’ by Enza Gandolfo

Review by Caitlin Bowen Enza Gandolfo is an Australian writer whose latest novel, ‘The Bridge’ delves deep into the circumstances that...

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Jan Golembiewski

Interviewed by Samuel Elliott. About The Author: Jan Golembiewski grew up in suburban Canberra and in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. He...

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Golightly and the Crazy Fool

By Mark Mulholland.   So it’s to the station bar in Dublin for a quick scoop between trains when who is it but Audrey Hepburn that...

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The Brides

By Jane Downing   Tilly heard the shouting but not the words. She pulled herself out of the fireplace and listened. Good. The...

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Book Review of Anne Connor’s Two Generations

Reviewed by Angela Wauchop “This was not the exultation of war. This was gratitude. This was sadness for the waste of life. … This...

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I SPEAK FOR YOU

By Chad Norman   Freedom surrounds my life at the moment bees doing their thing in white clovers, laughter at a nearby picnic-table is...

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Interview with G.S. Johnston.

By Issabelle Breen. Author Bio G.S. Johnston is the author of three historical novels, Sweet Bitter Cane (2019), The Cast of a...

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Habitual

By Bernadette O’Reilly   He attempted to strangle her in the Bedroom of our house. Frightened mouse Drew back the curtains Light...

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Child At Play

By Bernadette O’Reilly   Pink tea set Bought for me By Uncle Jim The blue by Mum. Pretend play Fear The howl of the wind His key...

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The Seed

by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro.   The sun beat down on my parents’ black Olds as they drove south to their honeymoon in Florida. It was...

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CRUSHES

By Kenneth Pobo   In junior high I had a crush, on Mr. Lotee, my history teacher. How I stared as he stood by the board and said how...

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eggshells

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

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