On Not Writing a Book

On Not Writing a Book

Fiona Wright Every time I finish writing a book a very specific dread descends upon me. Every time I finish writing a book I feel emptied out. Excited for the book that is, of course, and pleased to see it making its way out into the world – there isn’t a joy quite...
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...
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