Issue Five

City of Another Home

By Michelle Cahill City of seven islands, guarded by eight-armed Mumbadevi, of the Dravidians, Marathis and Gujaratis, your name alludes to...

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The power of Words: Two Writing journals determined to be heard

By Angela Wauchop   What do you take for granted? Imagine being terrified in your own home, your street, your neighbourhood. Imagine...

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Butterfly Lovers

By Eileen Chong   I Born a girl. By my father’s word, plate of ash untouched— Needle and silk: opaline peacocks, burning...

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Ceremony

By Chelsea Dingman   I open the windows to the house—humid      air like a deer’s breaths in the spring rain. Streetlights flit...

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News highlights – 3 erasure poems

By Lizz Murphy From Aleppo – Rivers of blood women and children… viewed December 2016. From People smuggling – Turkey, Greece...

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War Zone Tours

By Lizz Murphy   I CAN TELL YOU WHAT IT’S LIKE I can tell you what it’s like ears and eyes out on stalks neck cricking...

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Sugihara

By Moya Pacey   His right hand grips the pen dips in and out of the ink-pot – marks the sheet of white paper bold with black...

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Please do not pee in the sink

By Ali Whitelock   in the cafe with coffee cups for lampshades and the sign that says please do not pee in the sink we take an outside...

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Where the feet have been

By Ramon Loyola     Twenty years in the forest in the faces and breaths, not in the last century or in the now of times, my...

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How Many Borders?

By Anita Patel     How many borders will you cross to reach this land? How many doors will you close – forever? How many...

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Polenta Memories

By Jenny Blackford   Our handyman, friend of an old friend, was life support for many years to our decaying inner-city house. One day,...

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Writing Workshops at the Muslim School

By Jenny Blackford     The flowers in the garden of the inner-city Muslim school are kangaroo paws just like mine at home-  ...

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A tanka

By Sandra Renew     she still remembers the brass teapot trampled under soldiers’ boots but then retrieved dusted off and...

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Diaspora

By Nessa O’Mahony   His regular spot; curled foetus-tight, back to the wall at the end of the canal, near the bridge at Baggot...

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Still

By Ellen Shelley   On an ordinary day the water stills the air waves fall silent   birds on parachute wings spiral to gorund...

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Australian Alcatraz
Or why I am not a painter

by Richard James Allen Only weeks, months, at the most a year or so, before Gough Whitlam’s ‘It’s Time’ changed everything, for a...

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31st December 1817 Sailed the Brig Active for Lisbon

By Geoff Budden   The tides and capes of Bonavista now safely astern, Newfoundland below the western horizon they sailed into the new...

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A Voice Unheard

By Bill Cotter     It is a travesty of dawn, this dank And oily semi light, oozing through The alleys, the shattered windows and...

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Of those who stay

By Jeremy C. North   This evening, intrepid plans are forged. A familiar tune of starry-eyed wanderlust that emanates from share flat...

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Shelley’s drowning

By Duncan Richardson     they knew it was him though the fish had scribed their own verses on his skin they knew it was him from...

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Book review: The Lace Weaver

Reviewed by Wendy J. Dunn Each lace shawl begins and ends the same way – with a circle. Everything is connected with a thread as fine...

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Author interview: Lauren Chater

Interview by Nik Shone   What motivated you to start writing and what draws you to historical fiction? I always wanted to be a writer,...

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Author interview: Kathryn Gauci

Interviewer: Savannah White Kathryn Gauci was born in England and studied textiles where she specialised in carpet design. After...

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Avenge the Nurses

By Samuel Bernard Williams © 2017   1700 hours – Eleventh of May, Nineteen hundred and forty three ‘Passes chaps,’ the corporal...

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Searching For Mentaloon

By Carol Major   I am here in Malaysia with Hugh. I know we will fight. This is because he is the son of the last British Advisor in...

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Mrs Linden’s Puppy

By Carol Major In Sydney’s inner west, nine-year old Crisanto is following Mrs Linden and Earl. He has been watching them for the last...

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Book Review: The Tides Between by Elizabeth Jane Corbett

Review by Jayme Constandino At the crux of it, The Tides Between is a story about self discovery. The narrative follows young girl Bridie...

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Book review: The Heart is a Burial Ground by Tamara Colchester

Reviewed by Skye Jenner. This book isn’t the kind that I normally read. That’s not to say that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy it. But it...

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Novel excerpt: The Embroiderer

The Embroiderer can be bought at all good bookshops and online at amazon and book depository. During the early hours of Wednesday,...

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Author interview: Glenice Whitting

Interview by Madeleine Reid   Pickle to Pie is the story of a second-generation Australian of German descent, Frederick...

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