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Top 10 History Books You Should Read – Now!

  Reading about history is important. It helps us to better understand the complex and nuanced world we traverse today. That, in turn...

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Joshua Kepreotis

Joshua Kepreotis is a writer born in Australia and of Greek heritage. He has published essays in 3AM Magazine and HuffingtonPost Greece,...

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Janeen O’Connell

It was Janeen O’Connell’s grandmother’s stories, told with love and pride about her Scottish family and their political will...

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Alison Knight

Alison has written two novels, Peter Stone and The Close, and an anthology of stories. Two pieces have been published by Pendulum Papers....

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Lyssa Stevens

Lyssa is currently completing her Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing with Swinburne University after completing her Certificate IV...

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Kristy Cornell

Kristy Cornell is currently studying a Bachelor of Animation at Swinburne University. Once she graduates, she would like to pursue a career...

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Jane Frank

Jane Frank is a Brisbane poet, originally from the Fraser Coast. Her latest chapbook is WIDE RIVER (Calanthe Press, 2020). Recently, her...

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Vasilka Pateras

Vasilka Pateras is a Melbourne-based poet and emerging writer whose work is published in n-SCRIBE and Mediterranean Poetry, The Blue Nib...

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Srinjay Chakravarti

Srinjay Chakravarti is a writer and editor based in Salt Lake City, Calcutta, India. A former journalist with The Financial Times Group,...

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Ellen Shelley

Ellen Shelley is from Newcastle N.S.W. She is a poet who likes to write in response to real life events and emotions. Published in Eureka,...

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David Atkinson

David Atkinson is an award winning Sydney-based poet; his poems have been published widely in Australia, the USA and the UK. Recent awards...

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Magdalena Ball

Magdalena Ball is a novelist, poet, reviewer and interviewer, and is the Managing Editor of Compulsive Reader.  She has been widely...

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Mary Chydiriotis

Mary Chydiriotis lives in Melbourne. She is passionate about coffee, dogs, books and social justice. Her poems have been published in local...

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Homeland

by Joshua Kepreotis I knew we had docked in Melbourne because the people around me rushed to the windows of the ship to look at our new...

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The Moirai

by Jane Frank   1. Clotho   I feel her thread spinning, spooling ahead through a sea of guinea grass as I run down the hill to...

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Empire

by Vasilka Pateras   The rust of empire has crumbled desiccated flakes float— over once traversed lands  stocked with wild tribes ...

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The Black Madonna

by Vasilka Pateras Monastic caves of Kalishta,  stone crevasses of solitude  on bare floors a monk’s prayer in worldly denial – ...

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At the Time of Numismatic Transition

by Srinjay Chakravarti After the emperor’s head has been chopped off, the royal executioner is paid his wages by his new masters. Till...

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Bush Fairies

by Michelle Freckleton Inspired by ‘The Babies in the Bush’ by Henry Lawson   ‘Please, Mumma, please. I’ll hold onto...

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Gumball

by Kristy Cornell For my Grandad, Geoff   ‘You know,’ Ernie said to no one in particular, ‘this war is a load of bollocks.’...

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In Ashes

by Sam Johnston The beat of the mallet echoed between the cracked lime trees. The sign still crooked, the edges chipped away, but the...

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TAJ MAHAL, AGRA

by Srinjay Chakravarti The dark river, draped like a clinging wet sari around the fleshy curves of rocks and boulders.   Against an...

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Movement Over Light

by Ellen Shelley The old bones of this house settled around my feet, called me home.    In this far from where I grew up place, I...

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Tensile Time

by David Atkinson Her brother, she must see for herself,  walking south, alone;  choking, astringency, fetid grit of the street. ...

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Empire Erased

by Magdalena Ball It was over in an hour a thousand people in an hour.   Who dared count the weary passengers  disembarking cramped...

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Life Can Only be Understood Backwards

by Magdalena Ball He knew how to read the weather, the synoptic, the radar strong winds, showers the rain was coming.    He knew a...

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Lent 1989

by Mary Chydiriotis At the port of Mytilene cinnamon filled pockets of air float past along the waterfront a café sells Bougatsa made...

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Book Review: The Freedom Circus by Sue Smethurst

Reviewed by Michelle Freckleton Sue Smethurst is an award-winning writer/ journalist, who has worked in the media industry for over twenty...

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Up Cannibal Mountain

by Reece Pye He keeps his eyes on it even though he is driving, that smooth grey crest protruding from the earth like an ancient monolith....

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Book Review: No Small Shame by Christine Bell

Review by Angela Wauchop “Even as Mary said it, guilt scalded her insides knowing that Maw had nearly died of the bleeding after the last...

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