Genres

Mother and Child

By Bill Cotter   Suffer little children to come unto me: for such is the kingdom of heaven.   The sky sickens And fuses darkness,...

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Sky Burial

By Jan Price   Down the arch-groan monastery road coursing these treeless bitten mountains a sharp dismissive wind snatches from the...

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Father

By Jan Price   Once, when I was four you carried me home on your shoulders over a long bridge.   Once, you and I sang The...

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Stars

By Jan Price   Each chosen child destined to live in its own desert one night will look up; the trees will be breathless and the pain...

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Robert Dudley

By Wendy J. Dunn   From a postcard He glares at me With an eagle stare Accusingly And handsome No doubt of that His very stance...

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Claudette Colvin

By Fiona Lynch   When she was four, white boys asked to touch her hand, to compare; her mother slapped her face, not her place.  ...

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At the Assassin’s Hands

By Melinda Jane Your sea soft, melancholy blue eyes Your long, slender Celtic hands Your long, curled locked hair   You, at 19 years...

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Sunday 11th July 1875 – ‘Just before 8ish!’

By Melinda Jane   How many heard your mooted screams that Sunday evening At Mrs. Mitchell’s paddock between the house and the hay...

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Helen Mitchell Photography 1873

By Melinda Jane   Floor-grazing gown cinched at the waist silhouette black crepe crisp and crimped who would imagine three years on...

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Iron Above the Hills

By Bill Cotter   The storm rambles and tramps, hammering pine trees, Strafing crops and, from the tangled clouds, spilling jags Of...

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Interview with Sandra Gulland

By Sophie Myers   Sandra Gulland is the internationally celebrated author of number of historical novels, such as the Josephine B....

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Interview with Rachel Nightingale

By Sophie Meyers What motivated you to start writing? I decided to become a writer at the age of 8. I can’t really remember why now, but...

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Interview with Christopher Raja

By Senaj Alijevski   What challenges and experiences inspired your novels? I love when someone tells me a story. I think this love for...

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Review of Harlequins Riddle by Rachel Nightingale

Review by Joe Bosa “There is a moment, just before the dreamer stirs, when the mysteries of the world offer up their meanings. There is...

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Review of Jack of Spades by Sophie Masson

Review by Jessica Forth It is not often that a book opens is narrative with the call to action on it’s first page. It is also unusual...

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Taking the children away: what have we learnt from past Australian practices when children were removed from their families?

By Janice Simpson Introduction As a nation, we have taken lessons from what occurred in the past. We have outlawed baby farming, a practice...

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‘Falling Pomegranate Seeds’ by Wendy J. Dunn

Review by Sarah Giles “All of us must walk our own roads, but ‘tis wrong to prevent women from walking to many roads just because...

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Prelude to Dawn

By Arianne James   We arrive at winter’s onset. I upon an open-aired milk truck, Lionel riding close behind. The downpour strikes...

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Lucy’s War

By Kate Wann   The following story is based on fact. All the quotes are directly taken from the diary of Lucy Daw 1915. Except for a...

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Dinosaurs: An Alternate Ending

By John Whitehall King Jayavarman’s waning virility was not surprising. The royal serpent had raised its head to strike so many...

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Had as Leif Control

By Vashti Farrer   LETTER from: Earl Bathurst to Governor Darling.   Downing Street, 17th August, 1825. Sir,...

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Bovary

By Eloise Faichney   Flaubert recognised my love, tender and whole, and it made him sad.   ‘I forsee that I shall make you...

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Once and Future

By Wendy Dunn   Can poetry die When words mark meaning On a page? No Not simply mark But explode Into architecture Imaginary gardens...

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Outline

By Vashti Farrer   On the corner stood a house. Unloved, its weathered weatherboard. But now a wire fence surrounds the lot. No planks...

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Identity (A Recipe of Crumbs)

By Clare Millar   416,809 enlisted 156,000 wounded, gassed, taken prisoner 62,000 killed Preheat a war. Line countries with armies....

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Reflections of an Anzac Day March

By Margaret Marchant   Once tall proud men Remembering those who went before them Marching for those who cannot and those left behind...

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Interview with Alex Miller

By Jac Mason and Ana-Teona Tinc The walls were lined with books, stacked up higher than any of us could reach. Alex stood and turned his...

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Interview with Dr Ron Elisha

By James Palmer Before screens colonised the world, performances were exclusive to live production. Yet the advent of film and television...

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Interview with C.W. Gortner

By Tamasine Loves   Historical fiction is a genre with roots as deep as the storytelling tradition itself. And to the modern day, we...

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‘The History of England. Volume IV: Revolution’ by Peter Ackroyd

Reviewed by Professor Josie Arnold   I read this as a biography of the William, Anne and Hanoverian years in England that saw the...

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