Welcome to Sitelines, the online journal showcasing new writing and new media. Sitelines showcases a selection of the best new fiction, poetry, essays and creative non-fiction by students and graduates of Curtin University’s long-running and highly regarded Creative Writing and Professional Writing and Publishing programs.

Creative Explosion

Sitelines has returned with a new edition. Vol 10 No 1 2016 spans an exciting range of genres, styles and themes and features work from current Curtin undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as from recent graduates and other alumni. The edition also features an interview with Curtin PhD graduate Brooke Davis, author of the acclaimed best seller Lost and Found.

Sitelines is produced by the Creative Writing area in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry. The Managing Editor for 2016 is Deborah Hunn. The Professional Placement student working as assistant editor for this issue during the preparation period in 2015 was Annabel Owen.

Sitelines Volume 10 No 1 2016

Our Contributors

Jane Adams

Jane Adams migrated to Australia with her family 11 years ago. She is a Registered Nurse and has always considered herself an eminently practical person, but when her children grew up her husband encouraged her to follow her love for literature. Despite much trepidation, she enrolled a few years ago for part-time to study Creative Writing at Curtin University. She is an avid reader of fantasy novels and thrillers. Her love of poetry was first inspired by the 1st World War poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, but now her tastes have broadened to incorporate many diverse poets and genres.

Debra Agnew

Debra has recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Professional Communication. Working as a freelance writer with specialist skills in writing about people and nature, she has published works in The SACOME Journal, Landcare in Focus, Weedwise, and Across the Outback. Debra is Principal Consultant for Connections Now.

Jean-Luke Ah-Weng

Jean-Luke Ah-Weng is a 19-year-old vegan, professional wrestler (ring name: “Seychelles Sensation” JL Ah-Weng) and writer. For the last one and a half years Jean-Luke studied Creative Writing and Professional Writing & Publishing at Curtin until he decided to study personal training instead. Jean-Luke spends most of his time reading, writing, working out, wrestling training, and walking his Schipperke called Toby. His favourite book is Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. For now.

Allan Boyd

Allan Boyd (AKA “the antipoet”) is a Perth-based performance poet. He teaches Experimental Writing at Curtin and has been performing at, and organising, dynamic arts events since 1995. As a Curtin student he edited Naked Eye – an earlier incantation of Sitelines! Allan is the WA coordinator of the Australian Poetry Slam and the resident poet on ABC 720 Radio’s Drive program. For real work he builds the internet and plants trees. Find him at the antipoet website.

Shaun Cowe

Shaun Cowe began his career as a writer while working for Xpress magazine and Fasterlouder in 2010. In 2012 he became music editor for Edith Cowan University’s GSM Magazine while studying a Bachelor of Jazz WAAPA. He is currently studying Journalism and Professional Writing at Curtin University while contributing to an assortment of online publications. He has also released short stories, such as The Atheist and Midland and is currently working on his first novel, Buddy.

Kristy Edwards  

Kristy Edwards completed her undergraduate degree in Creative and Professional Writing at Curtin University in 2015. She is looking forward to starting her career as a writer in the professional world of either non-fiction or fiction writing. When Kristy is not being a busy mum with her three year old and five-year old sons, she likes to unwind by eating Cheezels and spying on the dog.

Will Gawned

Will Gawned is a playwright, performance poet and gamer, masquerading as an office bureaucrat. He has recently completed the Graduate Diploma in Creative Practice at Curtin University and is now preparing to abandon all his earthly possessions to (re)explore the world and perhaps invent a few more of his own.

Kevin Gillam

Kevin Gillam: is a West Australian writer with three books of poetry published, Other Gravities (2003) and Permitted to Fall (2007) both by Sunline Press, and “songs sul G” in Two Poets (2011) by Fremantle Press. He currently works as Director of Music at Christ Church Grammar School.

Patricia Johnston

Patricia Johnson has a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing from Curtin University.

Glen Luff  

Glen Luff is in his third year of Curtin’s undergraduate creative writing course. His research interests include science fiction, queer theory and new media. In his spare time he is also interested in tabletop role-playing game theory, occultism and virtual spaces. He hopes to stay in his hometown of Perth and complete an Honours project with Curtin.

Annabel Owen

Annabel Owen got a musical tattoo on her foot less than 24 hours before she turned 20. Annabel graduated from Curtin in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Professional Writing and Publishing and Creative Writing. She dreams of one day having a novel published. Her favourite author and inspiration is Brigid Lowry and she can read an entire book in less than a day. She spends most of her time eating packets of cheese Doritos, writing in a notebook and wishing she was a mermaid.

Emmalene Pawlak

Emmalene Pawlak is a currently completing a double degree in Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce at Curtin University.

Alicia Perera

Alicia Perera has recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing and Publishing through Curtin University.

Kit Riley

Kit Riley is an artist and writer. Kit is interested in exploring the recursive weirdness that can be found when one pays close attention to ordinary things. Their work has appeared at galleries and festivals in Melbourne, including Seventh Gallery, the Substation, and FOUND Festival. Kit is also an avid zinester and clothes-maker. More of their work can be seen at the Hello Kit website.