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Book Review—What’s Your Pronoun?: Beyond He & She by Dennis Baron

by Ferris Knight   ‘The fact that gender-neutral and nonbinary pronouns are invented over and over again, often by people completely...

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Promises by Ian Reid

Ian Reid   PROMISES   He was no longer sure of his whereabouts. He felt not only out of place, but also dislodged from the...

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Dancing with Arthur

by Vashti Farrer   They had swept Mother under their sideboard minds. Like dust. ‘She seemed quite happy when we left her and the...

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My Old Man

by Jack Hutchinson   From time to time I miss my old man. But missing is just memory and memories are a funny thing. I mean, they’re...

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Our Lingua Franca

by Eden Young.   There are roughly 6500 languages in the world today. Despite being a third-generation immigrant, I am fluent in only...

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Nom de Guerre

by Shannon Blake   It was too late to stow the typewriter and the photographs away. I could hear Keith stomping on the veranda,...

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Book Review—Danged Black Thing by Eugen Bacon

by Nicolas Brasch Eugen Bacon is a critical voice in Australian literature, one that probes and prods, questions and enlightens. She is an...

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Down the Rocky Road

by Malina Douglas   Cara felt tense. She had never done this, yet a need she could not completely explain had driven her to it. The...

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Augustine Manor

by Daniela Abriola   Betty Mullan­—Monday, June 28th 2021 I hadn’t known my Great Uncle Douglas, but apparently, he thought I was...

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Reflections from the Upper Window By Radhiya Fanham

by Radhiya Fanham   ‘Do not mention it, my dear Eliza. it would give me immense satisfaction if I could make myself of use to...

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Absence by Jahin Tanvir

Jahin Tanvir Absence Sergei sat upon the cool patch of grass, his torn trousers up the damp morning dew as he overlooked the sunset. The...

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Gestapo’s Most Wanted: How Nancy Wake became one of WWII’s greatest weapons against the Nazi regime.

by Shawnee Neal   Sitting comfortably in the corner of the American Bar of the Stafford Hotel in London is a small, unassuming chair...

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The Occupation

by Mary Chydiriotis   (Lesvos, Greece, 1942) Artemis is small and nimble apron loaded with courgettes pockets crammed with parsley...

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One With Nature by Julia Clugston

My family is very observant of nature. We know which plants are native, which ones are weeds and how old trees are just by looking at them....

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Hey, Antoine Lavoisier

by Lorraine Gibson   I’m drinking ancestors’ tears, praising their liquid forms — sip, sip — savouring them oh so slowly in...

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This is Halloween: A Brief History

by Shannon Blake   It is perhaps fitting that so few people are familiar with the origins of Halloween; it is almost as if the day...

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Winter

by Nathanael O’Reilly   I split wood on the back verandah while woodsmoke wafted from the chimney, watched Aussie Rules on Sunday...

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Birdsville by Pauline Lewis

Pauline Lewis Along a track so arid and forlorn Maree left behind in the distance A nine-hour drive to the infamous location To delve into...

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Ferris Knight

Ferris Knight is a writer, producer, and advocate from Naarm (Melbourne), currently studying Professional Writing and Editing at Swinburne....

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Jack Hutchinson

Jack Hutchinson is a youngish Brisbane/Meanjin based writer. A quantity surveyor by trade, he also holds an MBA from the London Business...

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In lutruwita

By Guy Salvidge   This land has had many names, some known and others lost. Europeans first called it Van Diemen’s Land and later...

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Daniela Abriola

Daniela Abriola is a third-year university student studying both Creative Writing and Literature, and Professional Writing and Editing at...

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Shawnee Neal

Shawnee Neal is an aspiring writer and editor from Melbourne, Australia. She was born in Queensland but moved frequently as a child,...

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Pauline Lewis

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Lorraine Gibson

Lorraine Gibson is a Scottish-Australian anthropologist, painter and poet living on Biripi Country. She holds a PhD. in Cultural...

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Disproportionate Experiences by Devika Brendon

Disproportionate Experiences by Devika Brendon It’s what we focus on that we make significant. We can drive ourselves mad By zooming in...

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Ian Reid

Ian Reid grew up in New Zealand and now lives in Perth. He is the author of 15 books across a range of genres including cultural history,...

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Julia Clugston

Julia Clugston is a third year journalism student at Swinburne University with a passion to educate and give voice to people to care for...

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Vashti Farrer

Vashti Farrer has worked as an advertising copywriter, research librarian, encyclopaedia researcher, book reviewer, film extra and...

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Malina Douglas

Malina Douglas is inspired by the encounters that shape us. She was nominated as the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent Bliss issue and made the...

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