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My Mother as Walden Pond

By Tess Barry   Out of her twig-filled lungs a strong wind whirls   she is a small stream     obstructed a standing body...

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Diaspora in F Major

By Tess Barry   Eat lemon altogether, she says, cold go out.  What you play?  Luna Sonata? My fevered fingers stumble through...

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Remembering Bridget

(Bridget Cox Bishop, 1848-1912)   By Geoff Budden   J Cox and his five sons lost in their boat off the Harbor April 24, 1859....

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Remembering Robert

By Geoff Budden   At home in taverns, not in homes, you left when your daughter was four years old. Your own final home was a needle...

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Lest we forget

By Dr Wendy J Dunn   Lest we forget The First World War They said Ground soaked With blood With countless dead Lest we forget Another...

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Fiona Lynch

Fiona Lynch has had poems published in Ireland and Australia, and has been short-listed in national and international poetry...

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Travel Memories

By Jordan King-Lacroix       I. On a leaky boat, they came, needing to change their name once, in the village to sound less Jewish...

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Repeated History

By Jordan King-Lacroix   The clouds, ha! The clouds! Did you see them when they passed overhead?   So slow, like molasses,...

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Ablution

By Eleanor Hooker                            Ghost me. Fossil me.                                        ...

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Nativity

By Nathanael O’Reilly   In a centuries-old English church where Jane Austen worshipped, my daughter performs her role on the steps...

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Pitter

By Kenneth Pobo   My grandmother’s house, weathered, a dirt driveway.  When I visit she makes a cherry pie. I help her pit.  She tells...

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A Tour of Richmond Palace

By Jonathan Greenwood   This palace, ’tis a thing of splendour and class With chimneys of pepperpot and weathervanes of brass;...

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Credos

By Anne Casey   A penny in a new purse (that it may never be empty) The Child of Prague left out all night (to bring a dry day for the...

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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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