Issue 17

Ingrid Horrocks: The Boundaries Begin to Blur: An interview with Nina Mingya Powles

Photo credit Sophie Davidson

Nina Mingya Powles is an acclaimed nonfiction writer and poet. Her latest book, Small Bodies of Water (Canongate 2021), won the 2020 Nan Shepherd Prize in the United Kingdom for Underrepresented Voices in Nature Writing.

Franchesca Walker: Losing the Land

There was a spot in the middle of our lawn where I used to spend long summer days, communing with my surroundings.

Karen Holdom: Python

My aunt rests on her good side. She is a sparrow with a python in her belly. Each breath is heroic. A piano concerto plinks in the corridor speakers outside her bedroom.

Ruth Mackenzie: Mother Tongue



We’ve been in Timor-Leste for two weeks. Just long enough to unpack the bags and realise at least half of the treasures we brought from home will be mostly useless here. VSA gives you a baggage list.

Miriam Sharland: Stone

When we say that something is set in stone, we mean it’s immutable, permanent. But stone wears down over time, crumbles in the weather, is consumed by lichen. Stone is always changing; it just happens at a rate beyond human timeframes.