Writing

Homer

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Homer is an online journal which creates conversations about masculinities and alternative male role models. The website was officially launched in September, and we spoke to founder and editor Ashley Thompson about how he’s feeling about things so far, the difficulties with creating a space that invites men to be vulnerable, and where he’d like to see Homer going in the future.

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Like Riding A Bike

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I never learnt how to ride a bike as a child. The older I became, the more the two-wheeled enigma became an impenetrable fantasy mode of transport, and the more estranged I felt from “normal” people who took this skill for granted. But my god, the rush when I managed to peddle for the first time! I screamed inwardly, “I’m a cute girl in an A-line smock riding a bicycle in Berlin!” and, with the stupidest grin plastered across my face, cycled for about three metres – before crashing into the side of a stationary car.

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Anna Snoekstra

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Anna Snoekstra recently published her debut fiction novel, Only Daughter, a gripping thriller following the stories of two women: Rebecca (Bec) Winter, in the days leading up to her disappearance as a 16-year-old, and the unnamed shoplifting-fugitive who pretends to be her, 11 years later.

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Tigress Magazine

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“Tigress is a message we need to hear; Tigress is a message we want to hear.”

So declares Ellie Bricknell, a guest speaker at Tigress Magazine’s crowdfunding campaign party last Friday night. She is an ardent feminist, bulldozing her way as an actor, and 15 years old – an inspiring representation of Tigress’s readership and contributors.

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Asphyxia

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Asphyxia is an artist, writer, puppeteer and ex-circus performer whose Victorian gothic puppet show turned book series, The Grimstones, made me cry while I was reading it in a café.

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All Star Women’s Comic Book Club

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Are you interested in making friends with warm, welcoming, interesting people? Are you female? Do you like stories? Do you like awesome illustrations? Do you live in Melbourne?

If you answered yes to the majority of these questions, then the All Star Women’s Comic Book Club is where you need to be this Sunday.

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Fraught with fraudulence

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When I landed a review writing internship in 2013, I bemoaned a similar sentiment to our social media coordinator, Cheney. Without missing a beat, she replied that I was suffering from a little thing called imposter syndrome, and proceeded to give me a rousing sermon equal to Henry V’s St Crispin’s Day speech.

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Still a good score

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What’s it like at places where people go and stand before a crowd and have their writing publicly judged? The good news is that I wouldn’t describe the atmosphere at a poetry slam as fear-inducing. Raucous – yes. Rowdy – certainly. Structured by a loose handful of rules, each more puzzling than the last – definitely. But not really scary at all.

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Making a run for it

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The first time I left home, I was seven years old. I was so mad. I have no idea what I was mad at, but my god, it was shocking. I made a Vegemite sandwich, packed my favourite yellowed teddy bear in my Space Jam backpack, took one last wistful look at the rest of my toys, and I was gone.

I made it less than a block.

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