Fiction

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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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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I’m Hiding.

by Savannah White. ‘Hush now, Lucas.’ A flash of light shone through the cracks of timber; Mama smiles at me before the light...

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The Woes of Witchcraft

By Larissa Dubrowsky-Ryan Ukraine 1880 When Agraphena arrived, Nina was lying on the rough hay bed, her face pale. Sweat pooled the sheet...

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The Dead Have No Voice

By Reece Pye  Ever since the passing of his dearly beloved Edina, the only woman his now crippled heart had ever cared for, the days...

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Indian Fever

By Marley Stuart    If you asked Karo, he would tell you that he loved his younger sister right from the beginning. He was terrible...

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NINETY SECONDS!

By Goldie Alexander.   Brett is setting himself up in the middle of Station Street where anyone driving past will see him. He’s brought...

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Mr Brown Goes Out

by Vashti Farrer     It was a fella at work gave Joe the name and an address in Kings Cross. ‘Ask for Mick.’ Joe planned on...

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On Consummation

By Elisabeth Hanscombe   The Citizen’s Welfare Service was nestled among a row of terraces on Drummond Street in Carlton. My fourth year...

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Bridge Shadows

By Denise Ogilvie   Every time the train pulls away from Spotswood station, passing graffiti covered walls, gentrified houses and...

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Estranged

by Nik Shone   I should have brought a coat. The moment I leave the house my umbrella flies away. Reminds me of Mary Poppins just...

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Avenge the Nurses

By Samuel Bernard Williams © 2017   1700 hours – Eleventh of May, Nineteen hundred and forty three ‘Passes chaps,’ the corporal...

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Searching For Mentaloon

By Carol Major   I am here in Malaysia with Hugh. I know we will fight. This is because he is the son of the last British Advisor in...

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Mrs Linden’s Puppy

By Carol Major In Sydney’s inner west, nine-year old Crisanto is following Mrs Linden and Earl. He has been watching them for the last...

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Novel excerpt: The Embroiderer

The Embroiderer can be bought at all good bookshops and online at amazon and book depository. During the early hours of Wednesday,...

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ON THE RUN

by DANYELLE GUYATT A stage play based on the fairy-tale Hansel and Gretel (1812) by the Brothers Grimm EXT. ALEPPO. DAY Two siblings,...

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A Chinese Bowl and a Summer Dress

By Anita Patel   Ah Mui feeds me my breakfast egg—savoury brown laced with “kecap”. She mixes it in a glazed bowl patterned with...

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An Unspoken Apology

BY SENAJ ALIJEVSKI   After countless times of sending my resume to places that were hiring, I finally found one that suited my...

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Arcadia Abroad

 An excerpt from ‘Arcadia Abroad’ By Amanda Pearson   November, 1993 The Irish Sea The boat is listing starboard, the sun, barely...

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The Flesh Off Their Backs

By Jeremy C. North   Back in my war-torn homeland, everyone in the neighbourhood was like family. I couldn’t imagine life apart from...

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Conviction

By Jane Downing   ‘What was your very first memory, tell it to me,’ Frank commanded Billy. Billy lay on his stomach on the cell...

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Untouchable

By Ash Leonard   The stillness of the night air surrounds me, chilling me. I wrap my arms tightly around myself, but it doesn’t do...

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To Pailin

By Antonia Schuster   July 2017 In the concrete bunker the acrid smoke of the bus driver’s cigarette curls through the stale air....

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The Immigrant’s Grandson: Growing Up In Footscray by Glenice Whitting

An excerpt from the award-winning novel Pickle to Pie. Pickle to Pie can be bought at all good bookshops and online at amazon and book...

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Extract from The Lace Weaver.

The Lace Weaver can be bought at all good bookshops and online at amazon and book depository. Birch Pattern Lydia ‘You will be...

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The Stories that Bind Us by Elizabeth Jane Corbett

The Tides Between can be bought at all good bookshops and online at amazon and book depository. Emigrating to Australia was the defining...

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Seize the Moment

By Errol Bishop   James McFarlane eagerly absorbed the sights and sounds of Australia as the ship made its way up the Mary River,...

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The Letter

By Chris Childs   I try not to retch at the sickening stench of boiled cabbage. The queue is moving slowly, but no one complains....

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