226.5 Autumn fiction Buy this issue Natasha Batten guest edits the first of Overland's fiction issues for 2017. Featuring short stories from Rebecca Slater, Stevi-Lee Alver, Stuart Wilkinson and David Turnbull. Issue Contents Fiction A long breath Stuart Wilkinson a madman’s lullaby Stevi-Lee Alver The fish Rebecca Slater Dance of the mobiles David Turnbull Editorial The Autumn Fiction edition Editorial Team Browse the issue: Fiction First published in Overland Issue 228 Published in Overland Issue 226.5 Autumn fiction · A long breath Stuart Wilkinson Even at three-hundred yards Dad can see the flies buzz above the carcass. We lie in twin tunnels carved in the long grass, Dad with his rifle and me with the binoculars. Dad aligns with the bolt-action Lee-Enfield, his cheek folded over the butt and finger curled around the trigger. He stares down the barrel with the focus of a man reading an epitaph on the ironsight at the far end. First published in Overland Issue 228 Published in Overland Issue 226.5 Autumn fiction · a madman’s lullaby Stevi-Lee Alver for several years we, your father and i, brushed off your infatuation. a phase, we told one another. a passion. just a creative preoccupation. at times you endeavoured to hide your desire, tried to act as if nothing was going on. but there was no point, you were transparent. you wanted to be normal. First published in Overland Issue 228 Published in Overland Issue 226.5 Autumn fiction · The fish Rebecca Slater He placed the rusty knife by the cutting board and slipped on a pair of rubber gloves. A brown body with two yellow hands. He picked up the knife again and with a sharp thrust pushed the blade into the gut of the fish. She looked away, expecting blood to gush like water, but the board was clean, the white belly of the fish hanging open like a toothless smile. First published in Overland Issue 228 Published in Overland Issue 226.5 Autumn fiction · Dance of the mobiles David Turnbull We’d been coming to Wallaby Point for nearly twenty years, from the time our kids were babies, our daughter crawling bare-bottomed into the water like a little turtle. But this year something changed. Or maybe it has always been changing and we only just noticed. Editorial First published in Overland Issue 228 Published in Overland Issue 226.5 Autumn fiction · Main Posts The Autumn Fiction edition Editorial Team Several years back I visited the former premises of Overland, a ramshackle house posing as an office on a residential street in Footscray (or so I remember). Within, ducking from room to room, was ‘Team Overland’, including former editor Jeff Sparrow and current editor Jacinda Woodhead. That quiet afternoon, in which I was interviewed for an intern position, changed my life. Previous Issue 226 Autumn 2017 Next Issue The 2017 Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry Prize 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!