The fiction in this issue is filled with memorable protagonists. Jeanne Viray’s ‘Hum Heart’ imagines the potential coexistence of nature and technology through the eyes of a bee-keeping android who falls for a human. Julia Robinson’s narrator in ‘Renovations’ attempts to understand others’ interest in body modification while becoming increasingly obsessed with removing the eyebrow and lashes from one side of their face. And in ‘Appetite’, Isabella Gullifer-Laurie brings us into the strange and sometimes disgusting world of a lonely librarian’s assistant with a habit of self-narrating her life.
Nonfiction in Slug covers topics from jazz history to art theory. In ‘A short history of serving the wholeness in each other’, Abigail Fisher examines the relationships between palliative care, gendered labour and capitalism. Danielle Scrimshaw offers experimental dating advice and thoughts on national identity mixed with blackout poetry of Paul Keating’s speeches in ‘thoughts & feelings with paul keating’.
In poetry, we delve deep into the relationships between humans and crustaceans in Brianna Bullen’s ‘Beneath the exoskeleton’, mourn the loss of a beloved horse in Riley Hammond’s tender and sweet ‘bush pony’, and theorise the cowboy-as-sign with Lou Garcia-Dolnik in ‘be the cowboy’.
This issue is also full of beautiful visual art and comics. Zachary Durian’s ‘Dearth’ projects us forward through the end of the world, and Edie Bush’s ‘Untitled’ brings us back into small moments of joy and comfort.
Slug features gorgeous cover art by Peo Michie and incredible illustrations by Jess Cockerill.
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We hope you enjoy reading issue 114 of Voiceworks!
Featuring: Abigail Fisher / Anita Solak / Annabelle T. Ballard / Brianna Bullen / Chloe G. Marks / Danielle Scrimshaw / Danyon Burge / Edie Bush / Georgia Angus / Hannah Wu / Ira Francis / Isabella Gullifer-Laurie / James Rudd / Jeanne Carlos / Jessica Cockerill / Joshua Finzi / Joshua Smithe / Julia Robinson / Lou Garcia-Dolnik / Louise Cain / Michael Sun / Peo Michie / Rebecca Fowle / Riley Hammond / Seneca Jakosky / Shae San Sim / Xan Coppinger / Zachary Durian