Project Bali (Alice Allan)

(edited by Jillian Schedneck) Smiles, smiles—how the Balinese can project. – John Olsen, journal entry, September 1973. Mum hadn’t left Australia in 45 years. It took us six months to …


Verity La

Be Brave

Hunger is defined as an intense desire or craving. Artists published in Verity La crave a creative purity and truth, forging a place outside of what might be considered fashionable and publishable in the mainstream. The work appearing in this anthology is defined by the journal’s mantra, Be Brave: be hungry for your voice to be heard and to articulate your soul, no matter the cost.

“In The Hunger, the editors have expertly assembled a collection of bold, passionate voices that value beauty as much as intellect. The writing is diverse, innovative and compelling. It’s hard to think of a collection of poetry and fiction that better captures the range and excitement of Australian writing today.” — Anthony Macris, author & Associate Professor of Creative Writing, University of Technology, Sydney

“This first anthology from Verity La contains poems and short fiction from a diversity of writers, all exploring the notion of what it means to hunger in this life. To be human is to desire, and on the other side of desire lies despair, or delight. The work in The Hunger takes us through the spectrum of carnal love, grief, physical and mental illness, as well as the fierce tenderness of hope. The editors of this anthology have achieved the admirable task of representing writing that seeks to not only be brave, but to speak of the often unutterable truths of our daily existence.” — Eileen Chong, author of six poetry collections