Currents

Currents

Tess Scholfield-Peters   When my grandfather and his partner packed up their place in Lindfield and moved to Kiama – retiree heaven – Mum agreed to house some of his stuff. My grandfather turned ninety-nine last month; a century’s worth of amassed possessions were...
Jep Jep

Jep Jep

Oliver Mol 1 Her name was Jessie, or Jep, or Jep Jep, or Jeplestein, though certainly not Tinsel, her name before we picked her up shortly after moving to Texas, before Y2K, when people stockpiled water, canned goods and guns at Walmart, preparing for the end. Jep...
Coetzee, Costco and Excess: Writing about Eating Animals

Coetzee, Costco and Excess: Writing about Eating Animals

Gabriela Bourke   At the beginning of each year as an Arts student I had the pleasure of choosing my courses for that semester from a rich list of literary offerings. I usually picked units with evocative titles like ‘Imagining America’ or ‘Revolutionary Writing:...
Passive Words

Passive Words

Gabriela Bourke   The Acknowledgement of Country can feel like an empty gesture. The practice is supposed to show respect for the traditional custodians of a particular area, but sometimes it feels more like performing a meaningless lip-service that allows for a...
Being Carried

Being Carried

Oliver Mol    When I think, now, about the book that made me believe in literature, in storytelling, again, I think of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, that first book I read after I’d returned to Brisbane, after I’d seen the healer, after the migraine had gone....
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