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The Unpaid Debt: Getting credit for lies

By Diane Murray   In 2007, I set out to write the biography of Marion Leathem, who operated the Molong Express and Western District...

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Knit Two, Drop Four: Finding lost heroes in the holes of history’s knitting

By Cheryl Hayden   Introduction In the latter part of the 20th Century, a new historiography emerged through the University of Exeter...

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Diane Murray

Diane Murray is an interior architect, writer and poet. She was awarded her PhD from Swinburne University on the subject of Marion Leathem...

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Writing Hidden Stories

By Glenice Whitting   There once was a drummer who’s name was Oskar, who lost his mother who ate too much fish. There once was...

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Glenice Whitting

Glenice Whitting was born in Melbourne Australia during the Second World War. At the age of fifty, returning to study as a mature age...

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Interview with Justin Sheedy

By Oscar O’Neill-Pugh and Senaj Alijevski The subeditors at Backstory were fortunate to be able to interview Justin Sheedy, an author...

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Jonathan Greenwood

Jonathan Greenwood is 20 years old and has been constantly writing since the age of five. “I’ve always been fascinated by words and how...

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Kenneth Pobo

Kenneth Pobo has a new book out from Circling Rivers called Loplop in a Red City. His work has appeared in: Colorado Review, Mudfish,...

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Nathanael O’Reilly

Nathanael O’Reilly was born and raised in Australia. He has travelled on five continents and spent extended periods in England, Ireland,...

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Eleanor Hooker

Eleanor Hooker’s second collection, A Tug of Blue (Dedalus Press) was published in October 2016. Her first, The Shadow Owner’s...

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Jordan King-LaCroix

Jordan King-LaCroix has Master of Creative Writing from the University of Sydney. His first play, The Catastrophists, was presented at the...

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Geoff Budden

Geoff Budden lives in St John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada, where he practices law. He is the father of two teenage...

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Tess Barry

Tess Barry was shortlisted for the 2015 Manchester Poetry Prize (UK). Twice a finalist for North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry...

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Michael D. Higgins, Uachtarán Na h-Éireann, President of Ireland

On November 2011, Michael D. Higgins was inaugurated as the ninth President of Ireland. A passionate political voice, a poet and writer,...

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What we do without knowing: identifying silencing, inclusion and stereotyping in historical fiction

By Gillian Polack   History and the past give us cultural tools. They help us interpret our world. Novels use history and create...

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Errol Bishop

A Queenslander (born 1946) he was educated in Toowoomba. For some years he worked as a printer in various locations in Queensland, New...

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Sophie Myers

Sophie Myers is a Masters of Writing student at Swinburne based in Brisbane. Her dream is to own a library large enough to justify a...

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Welcome to Issue Three of Backstory.

I am incredibly proud of being the Co-Senior Editor of Other Terrain and Backstory. Backstory is particularly special to me. I cannot...

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Overboard

By Judy Rigby They threw my children overboard. That’s what the doctor tells me, but I know it isn’t true. They are here with me in the...

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The Grandmothers

By Amanda Pearson   Midday, Wednesday 2 February 1994. We gather. An unlikely group, our papery skins nearly transparent, eyes watery,...

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Excerpts from ‘The Parcels’

By Amanda Pearson November 1914 Harold enlisted last week. He made the three-hour journey up to Adelaide by train and joined the army. I...

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Bound to be safe

By Louise Hopewell   Edie had only just made it along the driveway and out onto the footpath, but already her bunions were rubbing...

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The Cousins

By Chris Childs   Werribee Park, Victoria, Australia 25 June 1887   ‘Careful, Constable that might be important evidence!’  ...

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Resurrection – a triptych

By Jan Price                                 Panel l. The Inspiration London – East End; a barefoot lad slips into...

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I am Caroline

By Chris Childs   I am Caroline, Madame Carole, Carrie. I wonder how history will remember me?   Will anyone remember Miss...

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Mother and Child

By Bill Cotter   Suffer little children to come unto me: for such is the kingdom of heaven.   The sky sickens And fuses darkness,...

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Sky Burial

By Jan Price   Down the arch-groan monastery road coursing these treeless bitten mountains a sharp dismissive wind snatches from the...

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Father

By Jan Price   Once, when I was four you carried me home on your shoulders over a long bridge.   Once, you and I sang The...

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Stars

By Jan Price   Each chosen child destined to live in its own desert one night will look up; the trees will be breathless and the pain...

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Robert Dudley

By Wendy J. Dunn   From a postcard He glares at me With an eagle stare Accusingly And handsome No doubt of that His very stance...

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