230.5: Autumn fiction Buy this issue Linda Godfrey guest edits the latest in Overland’s online fiction editions. Featuring short stories by Claire Julia, Cameron Colwell, Melissa Manning and Sophie Overett. Issue Contents Fiction Muck Melissa Manning The moping Irish Claire Julia Eyes on Tim Cameron Colwell Phosphorous Sophie Overett Editorial Editorial Linda Godfrey Browse the issue: Fiction First published in Overland Issue 228 Published in Overland Issue 230.5: Autumn fiction · Muck Melissa Manning It rained the night before. Just long enough to turn the earth to muck. It wasn’t even properly light when the lamb started and I pulled on my gumboots and went across the paddock. I was hung over. First published in Overland Issue 228 Published in Overland Issue 230.5: Autumn fiction · The moping Irish Claire Julia The back door squeals and a string of Irish male cyclists clatter into the courtyard, waddling in cleated feet to the garage, and disappearing within to collect their bikes. Assembled in the courtyard, helmets hardly shading their solemn faces, they wait. First published in Overland Issue 228 Published in Overland Issue 230.5: Autumn fiction · Eyes on Tim Cameron Colwell On the bus from the suburbs to the city, the gold sequins on a cocktail dress caught the glare of the bus’s lights and refracted them onto the ceiling. Tim watched the lights above him dance, wondering what the nightclub would be like. Who he might find there. First published in Overland Issue 228 Published in Overland Issue 230.5: Autumn fiction · Phosphorous Sophie Overett Usually still lit, or, if not, charred and burnt, the smoke from it curling down her throat. Butting the backs of her teeth. When Sabrina and Holly had been small it had been the best sort of party trick. Now though Sabrina tosses out a hand to stop it. To catch the lick of flame before it can ignite against her mother’s bones. Editorial First published in Overland Issue 228 Published in Overland Issue 230.5: Autumn fiction · Editorial Linda Godfrey Why did I relate to the stories I chose? The stories stand out because they have characters with complex lives. They are struggling with adversity, but are alive to life. The stories are written in scenes, not long descriptive passages or discursive dialogue. These are narratives that go to the heart of the matter and arrive there from the first sentence. Previous Issue 230 Autumn 2018 Next Issue Seventy years of the Nakba 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!