Photo by Elowen Amos

Photo by Elowen Amos

A rocky shore, turbulent winds, and the babbling accounts of survivors had culminated into an image that only strengthened with time. A monster in the sea, fierce, tentacled, and hungry. Huxley’s dangerous coastlines and malevolent atmosphere confirmed the legend to be, if not true, at the very least enjoyable to those who enjoyed such things.
— Alison Tealby, LORALIE
 
i have feet like a boy’s
made for running and stomping and for
digging my toes in the soft silty dirt as though
they could keep me grounded.
— Claire Na, DIRTY GIRL IN THE CLEANEST WAY
 
 Photo by Elowen Amos

Photo by Elowen Amos

 
The night before I had two semi-important tests in high school I got very sick from a pack of biryani rice bought at a grocery store down the road that no longer exists. I awoke at 4am to pain and all that grotesque business that you can imagine. Felt entirely weak for the next day or so. Fortunately the sickness didn’t cross the threshold into lasting aversion. I’d still happily eat biryani. Never underestimate those spores though.
— Charlie Lempriere, ON RICE
 
At that moment, I despised Cheese. I was frustrated with Cheese. He was frustrated with me. The sausages looked miserable. I wonder if he bought them. The lesson of that day: Cheese sounds nothing like ‘cheese’ in Chinese.
— Isabel Lim, I'M SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT
 
Stone by stone, vine by vine, my Dad and Pa had pulled thousands of acres of fruit from the red dirt scrub. But it was all completed by the time I was born. Established as its own little universe. Our house was bordered by grapevines, and beyond those oranges, mandarins, watermelons, and countless others. It and the drought were all I knew. They existed side by side, waging a battle I didn’t realise we could lose.
— Amelia Mansell, CHILD OF DROUGHT
 
Dear Dana,
How true do you think fairy-tales can be? I really want a man to propose to me with glass slippers. I promise I won’t run away.

Fairy-tales are as true as you make them and glass slippers are a sign of systematic oppression enforced by the patriarchy. haha lol NO not really, I’m not gonna be one of those thugs who ruins Cinderella. Though you should run away if a man proposes with a shoe...
— Dana Mitchell, DEAR DANA
 
In a country like Australia, it’s common to be a frequent user of social media platforms; with Facebook’s monopoly it’s almost odd not to have it. In China that’s different. Dubbed the ‘Great Firewall of China’, the government blocks websites and platforms like Google, Facebook and YouTube. Internet usage is highly monitored and the country imprisons the greatest number of ‘cyber-dissidents’ in the world.
— Elena Kissel, BLOWING THE WHISTLE: THE INFORMATION TRADE
 
 Photo by Elowen Amos

Photo by Elowen Amos

The summer of 2014/2015 after I graduated high school comes back to me in ragged fragments and blurry images. I remember the feeling of unbounded freedom, I remember finishing my last HSC exam and driving down the long, deserted country road home, music blaring, windows down. It was such a cliché but that’s why I did it. To evoke the feeling of those classic American teen films about high school and summer and coming of age.
— Beth Lee, THE LAST SUMMER