Voiceworks #127 Gleam


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 #127, ‘Gleam’, brings you more of the best fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics and visual art by young Australians.

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The first issue of Voiceworks with editor Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn and designer Cecile Richard, ‘Gleam’ is brimming with exciting new fiction, poetry, nonfiction and visual art by people under the age of 25.

In Gleam you’ll find memoir about nude candles, classical sculpture and femininity, poetry about Bento lunches, relationships gone stale and long distance friendships preserved in knickknacks. Sink your teeth into essays on the secret lives of fruitbats, globalization in the Himalayan foothills and experimental writing on self-commodification. Devour a spread of comics and art about cicadas, dark chocolate cults and baby dragons. Get lost in short stories about the long buried language of Atlantean, teenagers on the moon, disappearing grandmothers and more. Discover upcoming opportunities for young writers and absorb wisdom from an interview with author and previous Voiceworks contributor Eda Gunaydin.

Dip your toe into ‘Gleam’ with a snippet from Faye Chang’s evocative short story, The Retreat:

“It was there you first learnt of life and death: a single, fluttering body cupped in your hands, watching as its small gills flared back and forth. Its cold scales grew warm in your hands and its pulsing orange pouch grew still. Only at sunset did you realise it had died, and buried it with a mournful service by the hydrangea bush.”

By purchasing this issue, your support ensures that we continue to provide young writers with feedback, development opportunities and more. A big congratulations to all our contributors and thank you to all our readers and subscribers. We hope you enjoy poring over Voiceworks #127, ‘Gleam’!

Featuring: Shivani Prabhu / LinLi Wan / Torsten Strokirch / Tiffany Fong / Madhvi Thakur / Chloe Komesarook / Delila Bevan Zavadsky / B. Fanlin / India Turner / jax bulstrode / Faye Chang / Svetlana Sterlin / Martina Kontos / Andrea Salvador / T-Dog eXtreme / Madi Marston / Understandably Onion / yolkmoose / Kitman Yeung / Tyberius Larking / Bridget Melville / Eda Gunaydin

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