‘The Unmade Sky’ – Poems by Ben Adams

‘The Unmade Sky’ – Poems by Ben Adams

the unmade sky these words touch on something lightly like a feather drawn through tall, dry grass - a figure crouched on wide and careful feet teasing their meaning from between time’s floorboards forehead resting on fingers interlocked and listening— - rising to pace the old house and place rough hands on a splintered windowsill [...]

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 [...]

Best of the Best: Modern Australian Short Stories

Best of the Best: Modern Australian Short Stories

This powerful book encompassing 25 short stories written by the crème de la crème of Australian literary talent is worth a visit. The editor, Barry Oakley, was the literary editor of the Australian Newspaper between 1988 and 1997. Barry Oakley is a prolific Australian playwright, novelist and short story writer, and by-the-by was encouraged by [...]