Published in Overland Issue 211.5: Winter fiction · Uncategorized Issue 211.5: winter fiction Emily Laidlaw Contents Emily Laidlaw − Editorial Fiction Kristin Hannaford The direction of sunlight Melissa Howard Other people’s daughters Kelli Lonergan If friends were lovers too Samuel Rutter The sort of things he might say about me Emily Laidlaw Emily Laidlaw is an editor and writer based in Melbourne. Her articles and reviews appear regularly in The Big Issue and Readings Monthly and on Killings. She is a former member of Voiceworks’ editorial committee and currently works as marketing coordinator at Kill Your Darlings. More by Emily Laidlaw › Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 27 September 2023 · Sport When the sport circus comes on Country Jenny Fraser The next huckster in the carnival of sport is the upcoming 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games. If we want aspects of it to be in line with Aboriginal protocol, we need action from across the four winds of the world. If it’s not done right we need solidarity and protest just the same. We are each other’s safety net in this theatre of sport. As a senior Aboriginal woman activist once told me, ‘we are all only as good as we negotiate’. First published in Overland Issue 228 25 September 202326 September 2023 · The university Solidarity but only among managers, or the future of the university sector Hannah Forsyth The process continued during Covid. Jobs were being cut due to the threats posed by the pandemic, yet more scholars were being recruited. Nice people, good at their job. But why are we doing this, we kept asking. Management kept telling us we have a funding crisis (which often turned to a surplus in the end), so why are we also on a hiring spree? All along it looked like it could end badly, for all of us.