Category: Issues

  • Issue Twelve: Podcast Two

    Issue Twelve: Podcast Two

    CONTENT:   Imogen Lenore Williams short story Forgive Us Our Trespasses Mickey Stosser poems (Oh, and Don’t Forget to Breathe!; Untitled poem 1; Untitled poem 2) Catherine Therese interview on Things She Would Have Said Herself Matthew Rush short story When It Knocks PODCAST TWO

  • Issue Twelve: Podcast One

    Issue Twelve: Podcast One

    Content: Oscar O’Neill-Pugh poems (Madame Needlemaw, The Anchor, The Black Cat) Jacqueline Ross talks about her novel Blackwater Sam Johnston short story Sculpted Robyn Cadwallader talks about her novel The Fire and the Rose Podcast One

  • The Image Of Her Youth

    The Image Of Her Youth

    By Louise Sapphira Little time remains in the afternoon before the Melbourne musical production at the historic Daisy House theatre. I start fidgeting with my fingernails, scraping the edges of my right thumb. Butterflies gradually creep into my stomach. Will I be disappointed tonight, falling into the regrettable trap of oversharing? But are more secrets…

  • Pirate Ship

    Pirate Ship

    By Mark O’Flynn Lionel has emphysema. This might be the most serious of his problems, but it certainly isn’t the only one. Compounding this is the fact that he receives little or no treatment for his condition, but is subject to a fair degree of indifference. It’s death by a thousand cuts. This is because…

  • Interview with Christa Hill: A Beautiful Accident

    Interview with Christa Hill: A Beautiful Accident

    By Jilliean Soison Producer and freelancer Christa Hill shares how, by being adaptable and having the right support systems in place, she was able to overcome the disadvantages and hurdles that come with being a neuro-diverse creative.  Tell us a little about yourself and your role in the film and TV industry?  My name is…

  • Trauma


    By Jacob Pilkington   Sirens ululated in the distance. He could feel the air cling to him. All the drops of him leaked out on the ground in a puddle of horror-movie red. He knew he’d caught a bullet to the head, and this was how he was going to check out. Then the tumbling…

  • Oh, and don’t forget to breathe!

    Oh, and don’t forget to breathe!

    By Mickey Stosser     Remember to point your toes Lengthen your spine Tilt your head 45 degrees Offer to make tea   Don’t forget to engage your core Turn your feet out Lift that leg higher Ask “so what do you do for work?”   Oh, it’s your first class? Welcome! Just follow along,…

  • Sappho Wept

    Sappho Wept

    By Wendy J. Dunn   Sappho wept sorrowing for her lost poems, sorrowing for all the women from her time to mine who dared creating art for it to be judged an artefact worth less beyond worthless compared to art created by men.   Countless poems by women tossed aside, Countless paintings erased, canvases painted…

  • Interview with Katya de Beccera: Haunted by the desire to know the truth.

    Interview with Katya de Beccera: Haunted by the desire to know the truth.

    By Louise Sapphira Valuing the importance of family, whilst also staying true to your beliefs. Young adult fiction can have as many twists and turns, hopes and tribulations as adult fiction. The category allows the reader to relate with the protagonists and their stories, by drawing attention to our own youth – past or present.…

  • Mighty One

    Mighty One

    By Jaime Screen Finnegan Soteri felt everything: the mud under his bare feet, seeping between his toes, the rain drenching him, the leaves and wind whipping his face and all the skin it could reach. But there was only one thing he could see. It was white and small, trapped against the fence line and struggling to…

  • Jane Frank

    Jane Frank

    Jane Frank is a Brisbane-based poet, editor and academic. Her debut collection Ghosts Struggle to Swim was published by Calanthe Press in May 2023, and she is the author of two previous chapbooks. Her work has been widely published in journals and anthologies in both Australia and internationally including Antipodes; Westerly; Cordite; Australian Poetry Journal; Shearsman; Poetry…

  • Forgive Us Our Trespasses

    Forgive Us Our Trespasses

    By Imogen Lenore Williams There was nothing much to say before my Great Aunt’s funeral. So, Mum and I went to the toilet for an anxious wee, worried about the readings we’d been asked to do. As I sat on the loo, I studied the floor tiling. The small brown squares with stained grouting looked…

  • Sketch: Creek Lane Maryborough, 1978 

    Sketch: Creek Lane Maryborough, 1978 

    By Jane Frank You: cycling along the laneway   beside the garden  where hundreds of mignonette lettuce grow— two in your basket— change jangling in your pinafore pocket cassia trees in flower bougainvillea climbing trellises three stray cats watching  from a tank stand behind the butcher shop the yellow green of the verge is beautiful to…

  • Fugue


    By Jane Frank There’s a dotted line between where she ends and the rest  of the world begins, where those otherworldly creatures  she loves live like pets.  She feeds them. She drives them where they need to go. She gives them advice in a voice  that sounds like her own.  There’s a slow damage of…

  • In Faith’s Way

    In Faith’s Way

    By Matthew Rush ‘Max, please listen to me; your route leads us through the Nepean Highway! It’s the prime location for an ambush,’ she says frantically. ‘We can’t afford to get caught in the sunlight Emily, so the fastest route is the safest route, now stop whispering so loud!’ I repeat. She follows close behind…