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A Journal of Solitude: Living Alone During COVID-19

A Journal of Solitude: Living Alone During COVID-19

By Vanessa Giron When I first read The Waves by Virginia Woolf, I found myself clinging to one idyllic moment: 'How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on...

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Freelancing With a Disability During COVID-19

Freelancing With a Disability During COVID-19

By Carly Findlay From loss of income and delaying the publication of Growing Up Disabled in Australia, to grieving for the arts sector and connecting with friends, to fear about access and care for disabled people, my time in isolation has been full of anxiety, but...

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‘It’s Already Here’: On Women Writing The Future

‘It’s Already Here’: On Women Writing The Future

By Alice Robinson In recent times, it seems increasingly challenging to parse what used to be more distinct: 'literature' and 'the real world'. As a result, I won’t dwell too profoundly on the specificities of current events—neither the catastrophic bushfires of this...

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The Domestic and the Domestic: Violence in Australian fiction

The Domestic and the Domestic: Violence in Australian fiction

By Laura Jean McKay Domesticity is supposed to be cosy, isn’t it? A tea on the couch and a cuddle in the dark. But, linguistically at least, it quickly turns. Add an ‘a’ to the start and you get a row. Add ‘violence’ to the end and you get what, according to a 2019...

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Our favourite books of 2019

Our favourite books of 2019

Believe it or not, another year has come to an end. In the midst of political unrest, we've taken solace once more in books, and there have been some damn good ones in 2019. We asked our team, and some of FWF's friends, to give their recommendations for the best books...

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A Thousand Small Steps: Jane Gilmore’s Fixed It

A Thousand Small Steps: Jane Gilmore’s Fixed It

By Foong Ling Kong Journalist Jane Gilmore’s Fixed It project began as a sharp and swift red-line response to a lousy headline in September 2015 on one of Australia’s major news sites about a man who murdered his ex-girlfriend. After that first fix, which was posted...

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Writing Under the Influence: Race

Writing Under the Influence: Race

By Jean Tong Being a POC playwright is automatically getting defensive when you receive an email out of the blue asking you to write about The Experience of Being a POC Playwright, specifically.  I considered trying to write a thoughtful, emotional piece about...

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