Genres

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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Book Review: A Roman Death by Joan O’Hagan

Review by Angela Wauchop “… ‘Our daughters are still children when they marry. Have you ever considered that?’ Fufidius gaped...

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Isolation

by Patrick Petraitis Stopping for a moment, Samuel lay his trunk down on the only flat piece of earth he could find and sat upon it. He...

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Lady Alexandra

by Carly Waller Cecelia Green sat before the crackling fire, alone in the library and reading her favourite novel. There was a ball that...

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Nowhere to Go

by Lyssa Stevens Sienna woke to loud bangs and sirens blaring. Confused, she sat up and peeked outside the window. The town was ablaze,...

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Empty Beds

By Janeen O’Connell Mary Allan Monegeetta (Victoria) 9 April 1873 – Good Friday I know he isn’t there, but I reach across to...

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How our forefathers failed them, and we fail to see them

by Holly Erin Jane   A personal learning of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels     Growing up, my favourite story was of my grandfather...

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This Devil Ship

by Alison Knight What is a man? A collection of atoms contained within a skin, framed by bone, tethered with sinew. What is a god? Yuri...

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S.C. Farrow Interview

Interview by Holly Jane Erin S.C. Farrow is an Australian screenwriter and author. Throughout her life, she has had an array of left of...

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Marina and The SS Oronsay

by Bella Bevan It was supposed to be an easy walk to the docks from Tilbury station, but after five minutes of lugging her trunk, Marina...

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A Conversation with Sue Smethurst

Interviewed by Michelle Freckleton About the Author: Sue is an award-winning writer/journalist who has worked in the media for over twenty...

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THE WORLD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME

by Edna Heled   Germany.   To think that we can look to you for comfort and hope at a time of paralyzing fear the world will...

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His Cousin’s Eulogy

by Chris Armstrong   Dad looks up from the page, sees me —startles as if I were death itself; lurking, watching.   Hello. He...

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Picture of the Vessel Agnes

by Hugh McMillan   A Picture of the vessel Agnes, near Dockfoot     Taken here most likely, at this mooring now swamped by...

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‘Anyone for a drink?’

by Angela Costi   – 1965, Regatta Hotel, QLD   Rosalie and Merle clasped their ‘cold ones’, forced their smiles,...

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Darebin Creek Crimes

by James Walton   Sometimes it was my turn to buy the shilling’s worth of broken biscuits from the new Summerhill shops   then...

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The House of Death

By Mori Shige. Translated by Marissa Skeels.   Mori Shige (1880-1938) was a university-educated, headstrong feminist writer from...

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The Ink Stain

by Christina King. Winner of the HNSA 2019 Short Story Contest Just fuzz. Like the fur of a sewer rat. She ran her hand over her head...

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Dirty Laundry

by Julie Parry   The kitchen door was slightly ajar. I bobbed gingerly from side to side, squinting into the sliver of light. I was no...

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Gulliver’s Wife by Lauren Chater

Reviewed by Dr Wendy J. Dunn.   “… She went to bed and dreamed she was lying in a garden.  It was night time, the moon a glowing...

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Fare thee well.

by Lou Greene. Commended story in the 2019 HNSA short story contest. Idle hands are the devil’s workshop, my mother used to say. I...

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