The Lancers Rugby Team

I’ll never play Rugby against the Lancers again,They really play roughly and mean.Their Captain rejoices in administering pain,And their pack is a killing machine. For the last time we played ‘gainst the Lancers,They chased us all over the field.They called us a bunch of gay dancers,Until finally we all had to yield. One of their … Read more

Reggie, Kevin, Charlie & Ron

Reggie and Kevin and Charlie and Ron,Learned to be soldiers and to fight with a gun.They joined up together and trained as a team,With their uniforms pressed and their boots all agleam. They fought in the Falklands and then in Iraq,They protected each other in every attack.Then all left the Army in two thousand and … Read more

Sofija Stefanovic Feature

Sofija Stefanovic is a Serbian-Australian author now based in New York. Among her other writing endeavours, Stefanovic regularly hosts the prestigious literary salon Women Of Letters New York and This Alien Nation, the latter being founded on the ideal of offering those of immigrant backgrounds a platform through which to tell their unique stories. In … Read more

Dinner Time, Fight or Feast?

Mums, dads, parents of any kind, read on! Is your mealtime affected by that hard-to-deal-with phenomenon The Picky Eater? No fun, right? Debates, bribes, promises, anger…none of it works; in fact it makes things worse. You dread dinner time. So what to do? First of all, take a deep breath. You’re not alone. How it … Read more

A Scarf for Alfred

There was a rhythm to the clicking of the knitting needles as the scarf grew longer. Her fingers were knobby and stiff but they never faltered, stitch after stitch, row after row. Her brown eyes were as bright and alert as those of someone much younger. The knitting yarn was the color of the sky … Read more

Surprise Travel

Over the last fifteen years international travel has become more accessible for the average Australian. Schools and universities run student exchange programs, companies such as Student Flights and STA offer super cheap holiday deals and it has become almost a rite of passage for young adults to take a gap year specifically to travel. The … Read more

Katy and Me – An obsession most peculiar

Like all twenty-nine-year-old heavily-tattooed males, I harbour an obsession for pop sensation Katy Perry. Hear me out and try and work this out. When driving, I exclusively listen to her immortal Teenage Dream album. Now, I’m not alone in my love of it, that self-same album placed Perry in the record books in being the … Read more

An interview with Lex Hirst

While Lex Hirst has undoubtedly become a leading authority on the Australian literary landscape, it is perhaps her passion for working closely with new authors which has distinguished her most from her contemporaries. The recent immense success with debut novelist Daniel Findlay’s Year Of The Orphan has demonstrated not only her aptitude for identifying outstanding Spec-Fiction titles, but … Read more

Old Mike

The veterans were at a reunion, And pleased that they’d met once again. They retold a thousand old stories, Of adventures, drinking and pain. An old soldier then finished his story, And said, “You’ve now made me think, Of old Mike, who was once in our section, And by Christ, he really could drink.” Dave … Read more