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 #116, ‘Pluto’, brings you more of the best fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics and visual art by young Australians.
Pluto is packed with brilliant and exciting work from young Australian writers and artists. In fiction, Ellen Perdriau describes the insidiousness of surveillance technology, and Courtney McClelland draws us into a surreal but visceral experience of the toll capitalism can take on the body and mind. In nonfiction, Lauren Ironmonger’s ‘The Body That Listens’ offers tender and exciting theories on noise and its potential for disruption in white Australia, while Jess Cockerill delves into heteronormativity and queer time in the part-theory part-fanfic essay ‘pretty guardians of a queer time and place’. Patrick Gunasekera’s poem ‘Hey there’s a lot of white people here, if anything happens can you back me up?’ highlights the exhausting presence of whiteness in the arts, and Jasmine Pickup’s comic ‘We Are Literally Dying for Melbourne’s Queerest Talents’ critiques the tokenisation of people of colour and queer people by trendy media outlets.
In this issue you’ll also find killer zucchinis, Meryl Streep’s ghost, dream interpretation, reflections on prayer and divinity, Afrofuturism, and dogs.