One thing you’re likely to notice about this edition of Farrago is that a lot of it is made up. More than usual, we mean. In preparation for this year’s edition of our creative writing anthology Above Water, we’ve extended the magazine’s Creative section to include five whole pieces: three short stories, and two poems. Our first story comes from long-time contributor and subeditor Simon Farley, and details the gruesome demise of a greasy adolescent as he sits playing video games with his chauvinist boyfriends. In Veronica Sullivan’s ‘Twenty Questions’, we watch a fraternal bond stretch, fray, and strengthen beneath the shadow of an anonymous Rock, rendered with all the lyricism of Cormac McCarthy. This is some pretty amazing writing by your fellow students, and we hope it gets you thinking, “Hey, I can do that too!” If it does, make sure you submit to Above Water by 10 June. More details can be found on our Facebook page.
But if you don’t pick up Farrago for the fiction and poetry, rest assured that there’s also plenty of material in this magazine to stimulate and challenge your relationship with ‘the real world’. One such example would be our feature piece on controversial gender studies scholar Sheila Jeffreys. Another: Maddison Connaughton’s analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. And then there are a bunch of articles about education, because everyone is concerned about that right now. One such piece is Melanie Lazarow’s stern warning about where Australia’s education system could be heading. These Melbourne Uni kids are actually pretty switched on, you know. Who would have thought?
As always, we editors are eager to hear from new contributors, and people who want to get involved but aren’t quite sure how. If you’ve got thoughts, ideas, or some scribbling you’ve done on the back of a beer-soaked bar coaster, send them our way! This is the last edition of semester one, but we’ll be back with edition five at the end of July. That gives you two months to get in contact with us. If you get to the end of the year and go, “oh shit, I forgot to submit to Farrago again and now I have nothing to show for my media degree”, don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Zoe, Kevin, Michelle, and Sean