Welcome to issue four.
This issue we have not one, but two interviews. In the first, multi award-winning author Christos Tsiolkas talks about his fascinating meta-novel 7 ½ . In the second, Kate Hall and Timothy Ryan, the organisers of the inaugural Victorian Q-Lit Festival, talk about the whys and wherefores of putting together the state’s first queer literary festival.
Given this coincidental confluence of gay content, we declare this our first Queer Issue.
The two fiction pieces are about the nature of endings. Or perhaps drifting away is more accurate. Famed Italian horror writer Paolo di Orazio destabilises with ‘Oh, Mother’, while poet and playwright Gayelene Carbis breaks your heart with ‘We Stood’.
In essays, David Roberts turns his critical eye on Vrasidas Karalis’ criminally neglected 2020 novel, The Glebe Point Road Blues, while filmmaker and critic Bill Mousoulis cogitates on melancholic musicals from Greece and France.