In my previous two blog posts, I’ve talked about my love affair with English literature, encouraged and nurtured by schoolteachers in India who did the best with what was available. Reading Milton, Byron, Wordsworth, Hardy, Lamb, Austen, Bronte, Woolf and a legion of writers from the 18th – 20th centuries started me on the career […]
Thank you to all who submitted their short story in October 2017. We extend our thanks to the judges, Donna Mazza, Brooke Dunnell, and Omar Sakr, and editor Ryan O’Neill for their collective patience and insight during the selection process. Editor, Ryan O'Neill had this to say...
Long Live the Library It was Saturday and I had work to do, but the house was a mess and the kids were hell-bent on making it messier. It’s a small place with no study so I usually work at the kitchen table. I wondered where best to escape to for some peace; a café […]
Julie_Koh’s Shibboleth Sydney launch speech Julie_Koh is a fiction writer based in Sydney. Her new collection of short stories, Portable Curiousities, is published by UQP and has been shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. The short story is an art form that causes early death. It’s been proven that every time a […]
Polish Cooking for Beginners Magdalena_McGuire My grandmother’s hands are bloody. Red stains soak her fingers and splatter her arms, reaching their peak in a dab of crimson on her neck. She catches me looking and grins, waving her fingers like a ghoul from one of the bedtime stories she used to tell, the kind where […]
Reading short stories give us the chance to dip in and out of different worlds in what can be a very intense fashion. Here are three women short story writers whose work I’ve come across recently and enjoyed for the unique worlds they present and the vivid characters who inhabit them. Rebecca Lee I once […]