227.5 Spring fiction Buy this issue Novelist Anna Spargo-Ryan guest edits Overland’s spring fiction edition, ‘Own stories’. Featuring short stories from across the globe by Paola Ferrante, Jessie Berry-Porter, Ladi Opaluwa and Claire Varley. Issue Contents Fiction Cobwebs Paola Ferrante Tumble Claire Varley June 8 Chronicle Ladi Opaluwa the evolution of a very intimate love affair as told by the object of desire Jessie Berry-Porter Editorial The Spring Fiction edition: Our hour Anna Spargo-Ryan Browse the issue: Fiction First published in Overland Issue 228 Published in Overland Issue 227.5 Spring fiction · Cobwebs Paola Ferrante In their second year of marriage, she became a spider. Her reasons for the metamorphosis varied depending on who was asking. She told her employer she needed more artistic growth and development; she told her mother she was compensating for gymnastic failures as a child; she told Michael she felt they had been growing apart and that she could now bind them together again. Literally. First published in Overland Issue 228 Published in Overland Issue 227.5 Spring fiction · Tumble Claire Varley Diego always used to tell me that his mother died because her dreams were too big for the life she was destined. ‘It’ll kill a person,’ Diego would say, ‘wanting to be more than you are made for.’ He says it today and shrugs dispassionately, spitting his gum onto the dry grass, where it rests beside a flattened beer can. ‘I’ve been dreaming about the kid,’ I tell him, and he spits again even though there is no gum left. First published in Overland Issue 228 Published in Overland Issue 227.5 Spring fiction · June 8 Chronicle Ladi Opaluwa Rumours of Abacha’s death spread through Lokoja as if carried by birds in the air to every part of the city, to Yusufu, where he stood at his office window looking out in awe of the blazing sun. He had heard it before but dismissed it, as he did now, as nothing but a pub story peddled by idle drunks like the news bearer Caleb, who came to work reeking of alcohol, lunched on schnapps, and afterwards converged with his ilk under the mango tree to barter tales from their imaginations, fable for fable. First published in Overland Issue 228 Published in Overland Issue 227.5 Spring fiction · the evolution of a very intimate love affair as told by the object of desire Jessie Berry-Porter 1. between clients he bench-presses or masturbates. today he sends her a photo of his body donned in new nike activewear. he captions the photo: do u like my waist hip ratio lol. he is a private practice myotherapist five days a week. when she asks about his occupation he says: i fix broken bodies for money. it’s a business. Editorial First published in Overland Issue 228 Published in Overland Issue 227.5 Spring fiction · The Spring Fiction edition: Our hour Anna Spargo-Ryan Although they covered vast territory, the truthful pieces all said the same thing: see me. See me. So, I tried. I saw bits of myself in some of them, and I saw lots of what I am not and have no ownership of, stories that cover great multitudes of experience that isn’t published, that isn’t relayed, and that isn’t recognisable or even present in our media. I took bits away. I learned. Previous Issue 227 Winter 2017 Next Issue 228 Spring 2017 Overland’s free fortnightly newsletter highlights the best of Overland online, new writing from the print journal, and regularly collates writing events and opportunities in the community. Sign up to the newsletter No, thanks!