Allies in Creative Writing

Allies in Creative Writing

Author and teacher Amra Pajalic responds to Monikka Eliah’s piece titled Obstacles in Creative Writing about the role of English teachers when teaching creative writing. Words || Amra Pajalic I teach my Year 8 English as an Additional Language (EAL) class in a small...
Obstacles in Creative Writing

Obstacles in Creative Writing

Monikka Eliah My friend Sarah and I ran a creative writing workshop out of a musty classroom in the Western suburbs. We were told that the students had limited English skills. So I spent the two weeks prior texting my aunt for Arabic translations of English and...
New and Dying Again: on first hearing FKA Twigs’ Cellophane

New and Dying Again: on first hearing FKA Twigs’ Cellophane

Mark Mordue She has something new to offer. Can she be new again? I mean ‘new’ in the sense of reborn. ‘New’ as in alive once more. She sings this phrase over and over till it turns into a circle: Why don’t I do it for you? Why didn’t I? Why won’t I? Why didn’t you?...
Cashing in on Refugees

Cashing in on Refugees

Monikka Eliah Hey Debby, it’s not cute to perpetuate stereotypes about other communities and capitalise on their experiences by opting to tell their stories—so quit it. In recent years, the conversation of who can tell what stories has become more frequent. As we move...
Anzac Day Blues

Anzac Day Blues

Mark Mordue Another Anzac Day comes on down the pipe. It always feels like the real Australia Day to me. As if some essence of who we are can still be found amid the twisted celebrations and misdirected attacks. They should put those initials on the coins in a game of...
Untold? Or unseen and unheard?

Untold? Or unseen and unheard?

Words || Sunil Badami “The past is a different country,” go the opening lines of L. P. Hartley’s classic The Go-Between, “they do things differently there.” Go-betweens like me, born to visibly different immigrant parents, are always being asked where we’re “really”...
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