Editor’s Letter

Hello!

It’s hard to believe this website has been live for a whole month now. In that time, we’ve published some really wonderful, though-provoking content, and held our first real-world event.

The latter, our official launch party, was on June 20 at Smiths Alternative in Canberra and was definitely a night to remember. We reached capacity at Smiths in less than an hour, and the vibe was of a cozy, winter house party with a twist.

Emily Stewart and Ashley Thomson added to the atmosphere with readings. Emily performed a poetry sampler that showcased the variety of her work, and Ashley delivered in person his much-read piece on Awakenings, our first published piece on the site.

Fossil Rabbit and Aphir rounded the evening out with some beautifully crafted music, and we raised $360 for Hand Up Laos.

This month, our theme is ‘part of their world’ – it’s about belonging, culture and sub-culture, identity and group behaviour.

We kick off with the quietly thoughtful Lyrebird and a leap of faith by Yolande Norris, examining the difference and simultaneous universality of the experience of womanhood.

Chris Twiney’s America Appeal photography series subverts the gender stereotypes prevalent in American Apparel advertising to question our assumed interpretations of gendered physicality.

Ruby Mahoney’s Drama Girls is nostalgic short fiction at its best, and Gemma Nourse’s essay exploring her time on a subsistence farm in New Zealand is personal and poignant.

Jess Alice shares two diverse poems with us, Hay and Geocities (I’ll let those names conjure up themes in your minds), and Ashley Ronning’s playful illustrations brighten up the website.

We also catch up with Canberra creative, Marianne Scholem, as well as some other exciting locals TBA.

And as always, I have some bits and pieces to share as well, including fiction and a mammoth essay about my ongoing grappling with my cultural identity.

Excitingly, we have our first Story-share event on July 11, at The Front Gallery and Café in Lyneham! We’ll be joined by Helen Keane, Yolande Norris and Tasnim Hossain who will be sharing their thoughts and stories on the theme, ‘part of their world’. Local band Paint On Paint will perform on the night, and we’ll be raising funds for the YWCA Canberra Food Hub.

That’s all from me – enjoy reading, and as always, get in touch with your thoughts and feedback!

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Zoya

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