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Review of The Short Story of You and I
by Richard James Allen.

Review by Wendy J. Dunn ACTUALLY, LOVE   is the only thing that does last, beyond the karmic astral space junk drifting like detritus...

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Poet interview – Nathanael O’Reilly

Interviewer: Paul Brookes When and why did you begin to write poetry?  I wrote my first poem in my early teens in response to an...

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Step Up, Mrs Dugdale by Lynne Leonhardt.

Review by Brittney Alexander “… the slavery of women happened when the men were slaves of kings. Women’s position is changing. What...

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Interview: Ali Whitelock.

By  Nik Eugeniou. Ali Whitelock is a Scottish poet and writer living in Australia. Her first book, ‘Poking seaweed with a stick and...

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Book Review of Clare Rhoden’s The Stars in the Night

Reviewed by Angela Wauchop   “You thought everything was laid up and settled, long ago, and there it would be, suddenly reaching out...

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Leviathan

by Laura Wild   After lunch, the kids want sharks. Barry squints behind his shades as sunlight gives way to the deep shadows of...

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Magi Gibson

Interviewed by Samuel Elliott. About the poet: Magi Gibson has held three Scottish Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowships and one Royal...

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Seagulls

by Karen Lethlean   During my teenage years, summertime meant heat and boredom. As if an offering to Sun Gods, I laid out on a blanket...

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Anne Connor

Anne Connor is a Melbourne writer of fiction and non-fiction. For over two decades she has worked in the writing space, with articles...

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Old Parishioner

By Bernadette O’Reilly   In the hallway He places a hand On my bottom Before going into mass I turn furiously Tongue explodes I...

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The crack

By Jenny Blackford   Cold left-over lamb sat on a flawed floral serving plate in the icebox. Just a thin crack nothing that...

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Double Dealer

By Vashti Farrer   Let’s not prejudge him, scorn, deride, decide, dispense with. Hard not to. Hosts of Dickens’ grizzled...

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Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro is the author of Miriam the Medium (Simon & Schuster, 2004). Her essays, poetry, short stories have been...

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Book review of Zealot: A Book About Cults by Jo Thornely.

By Thomas Van Essen.   Hachette, Non-Fiction, 292 pages  “People don’t join cults because they’re stupid or bad people. They...

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Nurture Through Nature

By Mari Maxwell  ...

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Thomas van Essen

Thomas van Essen is a philosophy and literature undergrad at the Swinburne University of Technology. An avid reader of speculative fiction...

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Cheryl Pearson

Cheryl Pearson is the author of Oysterlight (Pindrop Press). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including The...

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Denise O’Hagan

Denise is an editor by trade. Born in Italy, she lived in the UK before emigrating to Australia. She holds an MA in Bibliography and...

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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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