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Paper Stone Circles

By Paul Casey stone turns to paper in her eye as she filters cycles of light into circles of paper stones her eye is a stone circle a...

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Dr Wendy J. Dunn

Obsessed by Anne Boleyn and Tudor History since childhood, Wendy J. Dunn is the author of two Anne Boleyn novels: Dear Heart, How Like You...

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Dr Carolyn Beasley

Carolyn is the Faculty’s Program Director of undergraduate and postgraduate Writing courses. This encompasses the Creative Writing and...

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Marnie Reid

Marnie Reid is Backstory’s hard working Senior Editor. Ever since childhood she has loved books and reading, so after spending a few...

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City of Another Home

By Michelle Cahill City of seven islands, guarded by eight-armed Mumbadevi, of the Dravidians, Marathis and Gujaratis, your name alludes to...

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The power of Words: Two Writing journals determined to be heard.

By Angela Wauchop   What do you take for granted? Imagine being terrified in your own home, your street, your neighbourhood. Imagine...

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Butterfly Lovers

By Eileen Chong I Born a girl. By my father’s word, plate of ash untouched— Needle and silk: opaline peacocks, burning phoenixes. Last...

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Ceremony

By Chelsea Dingman I open the windows to the house—humid      air like a deer’s breaths in the spring rain. Streetlights flit off...

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News highlights – 3 erasure poems

By Lizz Murphy From Aleppo – Rivers of blood women and children… viewed December 2016. From People smuggling – Turkey, Greece...

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War Zone Tours

By Lizz Murphy   In response to the article ‘Russian travel company wants to sell tours to the front line of Syrian civil war’...

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Sugihara

Sugihara   By Moya Pacey   In 1941, Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania, helped Jews leave by issuing them...

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Please do not pee in the sink

By Ali Whitelock (First published in Ali Whitelock’s debut poetry collection, ‘and my heart crumples like a coke can’...

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Where the feet have been

By Ramon Loyola   Note: ‘Where the feet have been’ is the last part of Ramon’s ‘suburban walkabout’ trilogy, with ‘You...

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How Many Borders?

By Anita Patel Artwork by Kathryn Lamont.  ...

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Polenta Memories

By Jenny Blackford   (First published in Jenny’s poetry collection, ‘The Loyalty of Chickens (Pitt Street Poetry, 2017).) Artwork by...

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Writing Workshops at the Muslim School

By Jenny Blackford   (First published in Jenny’s poetry collection, ‘The Loyalty of Chickens’ (Pitt Street Poetry, 2017). Also...

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A tanka

By Sandra Renew   (First published in 100 tanka by 100 poets of Australia and New Zealand (eds. Amelia Fielden, Beverley George and...

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Diaspora

By Nessa O’Mahony   His regular spot; curled foetus-tight, back to the wall at the end of the canal, near the bridge at Baggot...

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Still

By Ellen Shelley Artwork by Jackie Benney. Published with permission of the artist....

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Australian Alcatraz
Or why I am not a painter

by Richard James Allen Only weeks, months, at the most a year or so, before Gough Whitlam’s ‘It’s Time’ changed everything, for a...

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31st December 1817 Sailed the Brig Active for Lisbon

By Geoff Budden   The tides and capes of Bonavista now safely astern, Newfoundland below the western horizon they sailed into the new...

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A Voice Unheard

By Bill Cotter Artwork by Kathryn Lamont....

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Of those who stay

By Jeremy C. North    ...

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Shelley’s drowning

  By Duncan Richardson Artwork by Kathryn Lamont....

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Book review: The Lace Weaver

Reviewed by Wendy J. Dunn Each lace shawl begins and ends the same way – with a circle. Everything is connected with a thread as fine...

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Author interview: Lauren Chater.

Interview by Nik Shone.   What motivated you to start writing and what draws you to historical fiction? I always wanted to be a...

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Author interview: Kathryn Gauci

Interviewer: Savannah White. Kathryn Gauci was born in England and studied textiles where she specialised in carpet design. After...

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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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