Voiceworks #126 Portrait


Voiceworks is an Australian literary journal, published quarterly by Express Media, featuring and produced entirely by people under the age of twenty-five. For thirty years, we’ve provided young writers with space to develop, experiment and publish their work. Voiceworks Issue #126, ‘Portrait’, brings you more of the best fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics and visual art by young Australians.

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Voiceworks #126, ‘Portrait’, the final issue under the editorship of Adalya Nash Hussein, is stuffed to the gills with exciting new fiction, poetry, nonfiction and visual art by people under the age of 25.  In addition to ‘Portrait’, you’ll find the winners of the ABC’s The Books That Made Us youth fiction prize in a special glossy foldout section, ‘Landscape’.

Feast your imagination on sizzling new fiction in ‘Hottest Summer on Record Again’ by Tooba Farooqui:
‘On Sunday mornings, some of the mothers get up early to crack eggs and sausages on the concrete and watch them sizzle for a street BBQ. Southern Cross flags wave in the distance as a beacon of the so-called freedoms of fortress Australia. The gooey orange yolks bleed and sizzle to the tune of the national anthem, turning a sallow gold.’

‘Hottest Summer on Record Again’ is just one piece in this strong collection by talented young writers and artists. Buy a copy and you’ll find poetry about ant colonies by comedian Miso Bell, a comic about a travelling bear by Drowsy, the epic listicle ‘How to Take a Tasteful Nude’ by Mason Wood and more.Congratulations to all our contributors and thank you to all our readers and subscribers. We hope you enjoy poring over Voiceworks #126, ‘Portrait’, and thank you for supporting Express Media. Your support ensures that we continue to provide young writers with feedback, development opportunities, and a safe space for experimenting and publishing their work.

Featuring: Amira Akhtar / Amy Ge / Az Cosgrove / bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb / Caroline Zijing / Drowsy / Erin Moss / Faye Jarrett / Grace Clark / Indigo Walter / Jess Zanoni / Laura Charlton / Lynley Bidlake / M.G. Ryan / Madi Marston / Mason Wood / Miso Bell / Niamh Gallagher / Nina Hughes / Rômy McCoy / Sage Friedrichs / Soph Fitzgerald / Stephanie Nestor / Theo Ferris / Tom Lewis / Tooba Farooqui / Tyberius Larking / Victoria Zhou / Charlotte Richards / Finnan Hanney / Grace Brown / Layla O’Callaghan / Lillian Hewitt-Scholtes / Maika Shiine James / Mason Johns / Sarah Cassidy / Tiffanie S.H.

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