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'The letter, in its conventional form, is essentially non-fiction, though fiction’s been known to mine the epistolary field with great success (think of the classics Frankenstein and The Colour Purple). The draw in using the form as fiction might lie in the immediacy and in the intimacy predicated by the use of second person “you.” as fiction, letters assume an addressee from the story’s opening, thus proving to be (for the most part, anyway) between two people: “I” and “you.” Though aside from the obligatory questions and niceties—how are you?; I hope this letter finds you well—the focus of the letter is always its writer, so given the nature of letters’ musings and related happenings, we should really think of it as being between “I” and “I.” in her debut short story collection, Letters to Pessoa, award winning poet Michelle Cahill takes this theory to new, layered heights as she pens seven letters to philosophers and writers as well as incorporating heteronyms (characters created by a writer specifically allowing for different styles of writing, something the poet Fernando Pessoa mastered) into stories as a complementary way of getting at identity.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Southerly The Long Apprenticeship vol. 77 no. 2 2017 12910210 2017 periodical issue

     'This issue of Southerly captures a snapshot of Australian writing today. Stories from writers just starting out on their long apprenticeship are placed side-by-side work from Australia’s finest essayists, writers and poets. This rich and expansive issue asks what it means to write in a contemporary Australia fraught with inequality, divisiveness, and the unrelenting exploitation of country. In a special collaboration with Sydney Story Factory, which runs workshops for young and marginalised writers, this issue of Southerly includes short stories that demonstrate the vibrancy and the vision of Australia’s up-and-coming writers. Including essays from Caroline Lefevre and John Kinsella, poetry from Kevin Hart, and much, much more, ‘The Long Apprenticeship’, is an issue comprising, as ever, the best in Australian writing.' (Editorial)


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