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Lemons in the Chicken Wire

Alison Whittaker


At times sensual, always potent, Lemons in the Chicken Wire delivers a collage of work that reflects rural identity through a rich medley of techniques and forms. It is an audacious and lyrical poetry collection that possesses a rare edginess and seeks to challenge our imagination beyond the ordinary.

‘Fuckability: Exploring My Disability and Queer Sexuality’ (in Doing It, edited by Karen Pickering)

Jax Jacki Brown


In this essay, from a collection of essays by Australian women on sexual empowerment, Jax Jacki Brown explores love and desire within – and beyond – the confines of the current social understanding of disability.

Honor Girl

Maggie Thrash


A split-second of innocent physical contact at Camp Bellflower pulls Maggie into a gut-twisting love for an older, wiser, and most surprising of all (at least to Maggie), female counsellor named Erin. But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl.

Skim

Mariko & Jillian Tamaki


CW: suicide

 When Skim’s classmate takes his own life, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. It’s a weird time to fall in love, but that’s what happens when Skim starts meeting secretly with her neo-hippie English teacher, Ms Archer.

Moral Panic 101: Equality, Acceptance and the Safe Schools Scandal

Benjamin Law


Are Australian schools safe? And if they’re not, what happens when kids are caught in a bleak collision between ill-equipped teachers and a confected scandal? In 2016, the Safe Schools program became the focus of an ideological firestorm. In Moral Panic 101, Benjamin Law explores how and why this happened.

The Sidekicks

Will Kostakis


The Swimmer. The Rebel. The Nerd. All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They lived different lives, had different interests and kept different secrets. But they shared the same best friend. They were sidekicks. And now that Isaac’s gone, what does that make them?

About a Girl

Joanne Horniman


A spellbinding love story between two young women that unfolds like a series of paintings, exploring the tender moments that pull them together and the secrets that push them apart.

‘Water’, in Heat and Light

Ellen van Neerven


In ‘Water’, a futuristic world is imagined and the fate of a people threatened. Ellen van Neerven’s speculative story challenges our rigid conventional understandings of gender, race, sexuality and identity, and asks ‘just how far have we really come?’

One in Every Crowd: Stories by Ivan E. Cyote

Ivan E. Cyote


Comprised of new stories and others culled from previous collections, One in Every Crowd is for anyone who has ever felt different or alone in their struggle to be true to themselves. Included are stories about Ivan’s own tomboy past in Canada’s north, about their adult life in the big city, and tales of family and friends who live their lives by example.