Ruark Lewis: Survey Part II Banalities for the Perfect House, performance, 2005. Photography Ryan Leech.

Ruark Lewis: Survey Part II: Collaborations
Banalities for the Perfect House, performance, 2005. Photography Ryan Leech.      Macquarie University Art Gallery, Exhibition Feb-March 2013

Welcome to THE QUARRY,  a journal of writing by students from the Dept of English creative writing programs at Macquarie University.

Editorial #02, March 2013

‘A reader lives a thousand lives before they die. Those who never read live only one.’
A Dance with Dragons, George RR Martin

Whilst the postgraduate contributors are a diverse bunch, with various backgrounds and motivations, they are here because they’re passionate about the written word and all have a voice that needs hearing and a story to tell.  Our contributors are all undertaking postgraduate creative writing units at Macquarie University.  They are simultaneously immersed in their creative world and firmly grounded in their realities of jobs, parenthood, family life, travel, and living overseas.  Some have been published in journals such as Voiceworks, New Australian Stories, Island,  Short and Twisted and Verandah, while others are in the process of completing short stories, articles and manuscripts for publication. Remember these names, you will see them in print soon enough. Indeed, Angie Rega’s children’s book The Cobbler Mage is being published in June by Little Fox Press.

One thing these pieces seem to have in common is their exploration of connections between people, place and time, and their study of emotional turmoil; a mother who grieves for a child born too early, a daughter who grieves her mother’s mental deterioration, a sister who explores the fragmented world through the eyes of her Autistic brother, people who live within a common environment yet lead vastly different lives.  Some of the characters within these pieces reach out seeking human connection, others seek to understand the connections they already have. The works include experimentations with Abecedarian poetry, a distinctly Australian zombie dystopia, complete short fictions in traditional and more experimental forms, extracts from novels in progress and creative nonfictions that focus on memoir.

All of the 2012 postgraduate writing students were invited to submit work to this issue of The Quarry. A skeleton crew of students then volunteered to become the editorial team for the issue. The seas were often stormy and communication was difficult considering that we lived states and sometimes countries apart, but the journey also revealed some brilliant moments: the first reading of a story, the uploading of the edited works and then seeing them finished and gleaming on our beautiful Quarry site. Do as we did. Dive in. Live a little.

Susan Baxter, Helen Meany, Angela Rega, Alexandra Parsons
Editors, March 2013

Lastly, thanks go to Jane Messer, our lecturer, tutor, mentor and tireless captain on this journey.  The Quarry would be just a cross on a map without her vision.

To Fall At Your Feet, John Elder

Six poems, Christine Ireland

Flying, Janet Holst

Time to Talk, Ramona Hester

Seeking Sky from Rooftops, Angie Rega

Time Lost, Jamie Derkenne

The Riders, Helen Meany

The Poet, an abecediarian poem, E.C. Alberts

The Citadel, Melissa Farrell

The Time Machine, Elizabeth Robson

Primal, Alexandra Parsons

The Tin Man, Leigh Coyle

Direct Line, Lauren Armbruster

Playing Catch-up, Kylie Nealon

Enshrouded, Madeline Falovic

Tom, Hannah Macauley-Gierhart

The Officeworks Footy, Ellen A. Williams

Plastic flowers don't die, Judith Jaffe

The Perfect Nine Months, Susan Baxter

Leaving, Amanda Midlam

from Fragile Skins, Filipa Bellette

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