Issue 15

Turning into a mosquito: An interview with Laura Jean McKay

Laura Jean McKay is the author of The Animals in That Country (Scribe 2020) - winner of The Victorian Prize for Literature 2021, The Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction…

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Issue 15

Ko Wai to Ikoa

“Kia ora tāku pēpi. ” I filled the bottles with colostrum, heating them in the microwave before passing one to her.

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Issue 15

The Words Slide By

Shakespeare. Fucking Shakespeare.

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Issue 15

Catching the Light

“Do you think the moon has any memory of who we are?” you ask as we walk slowly through puddled paddocks.

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Issue 15

Fairlie Island

Every year in spring, the shearwaters and terns return to Fairlie Island, spiralling in from their long migration, exhausted and hungry.

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Issue 15

Early Starts

Hazel woke to the sound of the van idling in the driveway next door. The throb of the engine vibrated the meat of her insides.

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Issue 15

Philosopher Warrior Chief

Eight boys sit spread in the glow of the late sun, a declining sky casting shadows over the shattered glass, snuffed cigarettes and street art murals that have become the…

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Issue 15

Crackling Synapses

I was born with a few drops of euphoria, not the whole bucket. That makes me lucky, although not lucky enough to escape loving drunk when younger.

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Issue 15

The Earth Below

Will stands in the concrete pit surrounded by cows and machinery.

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Issue 15

A Lone Wolf

My husband’s fingers rapidly prod at the PlayStation controller behind me and he growls at the TV like a bear.

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Issue 15

There are some things even you a control freak can't fix

Your mobile, next to you on the table, rings. Far too early.

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Issue 15

Growing Bones

There’s a miniature graveyard in the basement, where extra jugs of Wesson vegetable oil sit, where spelling workbooks whose pages have gone stale lay crushed under old Java textbooks and…

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Issue 15

Evolving

Evie hadn’t told anyone yet that she had grown gills. She discovered them one day during swimming lessons.

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Issue 15

Hard Wear

It was the bright red of her dress that caught his eye. A shock of scarlet in the midden heap grey. He thought, She must have fallen.

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