Don’t Fear The Essay: A Simple Guide to a Complex Form

Don’t Fear The Essay: A Simple Guide to a Complex Form

When I say I'm writing my thesis is on the Australian essay most people recoil in horror, usually muttering something along the lines of 'why would you do that to yourself?'. No doubt when they hear 'essay' they get flashbacks to assignments, rubrics, grading percentages and – perhaps most terrifying – bibliographies. This dreaded form [...]

Our Giddy Aunts: Queer Readings of Mentors in Children’s Fantasy Fiction

Our Giddy Aunts: Queer Readings of Mentors in Children’s Fantasy Fiction

With the recent revelation that Dumbledore, our favourite gay wizard, won’t be all that gay in the next Fantastic Beasts movie, I think it’s fair to say that the tide has finally turned; J. K. Rowling’s table-scrap representation is no longer enough. Readers are no longer satisfied with post publication declarations that an unaddressed, unimportant [...]

‘We Are Born, Then Manufactured’- Poems by Leeza von Alpen

‘We Are Born, Then Manufactured’- Poems by Leeza von Alpen

We are born, then manufactured how peculiar it is that magazines tell me how I should be a woman when I was not born with crossed legs and hairless arms and cherry lips and peculiar still is that these magazines never think to mention how much money we would all save (and corporations would lose) [...]