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Samuel Elliott

Samuel Elliott is a Sydney-based freelance literary and entertainment reporter. Having previously regularly appeared in premier digital...

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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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Editorial – Issue Two

By Dr Jacqueline Ross This second edition of Backstory gives Swinburne students an opportunity to see their work published and a reach an...

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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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‘Call to Juno’ by Elisabeth Storrs

Review by Tina Tsironis Throw a number of interconnected characters together, add a dash of mental complexity to each, sprinkle with a...

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‘The Constant Queen’ by Joanna Courtney

Review by Abby Claridge   ‘That was well done, my lady,’ Aksel said softly in his newly deep voice. ‘Dignified,’ she told him,...

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‘The Pedigreed Jew: between There and Here – Kovno and Israel’ by Safira Rapoport

Review by Sarah Giles ‘To this day I have no tears; that is one of the symptoms of being a Holocaust survivor…’ p. 147. ‘The...

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Vashti Farrer

  Vashti Farrer has worked as a copywriter, research librarian, encyclopaedia researcher, creative writing tutor, short story judge,...

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Editorial: Backstory

This journal provides Swinburne writers with a global publication outlet that brings their talents to the world. These stories, review,...

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Keeping House on Murder Mile

By Rachael Palmer Cyprus 1958 March Tilly stepped off the plane into bright sunshine at Nicosia Airport. She bumped baby Beth higher on her...

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A maji maji chronicle

By Eugen Bacon   Maji! Maji! Myth or legend Or a scheme of fads, ideas embedded One battle, one struggle. Freedom! Freedom! Painted...

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Strangers on the mountain

By Kirsty Seebeck The boy rested against a sun-warmed rock, watching the sheep browse through the scrubby grass, as early summer insects...

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In Memory of Mary Miller

By Helen F Miller   The year is 1902 and Australian women now have the right to vote and be elected, but that has little if any impact...

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Luna Lune

By MA Fox   White columns reach towards the heavens under the moon’s rays.   The gods are now home sitting in judgement...

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Flora

By MA Fox   Spring looms. Flora, Rome’s goddess, flowers as her crown, heralds the cycle of rebirth.   Image by Roksolana...

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Farewell Maid

By Wendy J Dunn   My lover brought me a poesy yesterday morn alone in the meadow alive with spring Ragged robin, vetch, golden...

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Diana

By MA Fox   Hail to thee, Diana, Goddess over all that is steeped in darkness, Sacred keeper of the moon.   By the silver light...

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Brief History of Hate

By Wendy J Dunn   A child bleeds. Head broken Wound open Torso pocked by gunfire. He cries Terrified “Where’s my father?...

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