By Eliza Berlage
Now in its 29th year, the 2015 UTS Writers’ Anthology showcases the best emerging writers from the Writing Program at the University of Technology, Sydney. In almost three decades, alumni from the anthology have made big names for themselves as authors including David Astle, Gillian Mears, Bernard Cohen and Gill Jones. This year’s anthology, Strange Objects Covered with Fur is a labour of love, the product of a four-month process involving an editorial team of seven students.
Under the supervision of Associate Professor Debra Adelaide, the editors – Harriet McInerney, Emily Meller, Lily Mei, Tom Lodewyke, Hanna Schenkel, Emma Rose Smith and Louise Jaques – undertook the daunting selection process. They had to read and make a selection of 30 works from more than 300 anonymous submissions across undergraduate, postgraduate and research students.
Editing the anthology, which is only open to UTS students, is an experience many work towards during their university studies. Having dreamt of being part of the team since starting her degree, final year Law and Writing student Emily Meller knew this was her last chance to get involved. She says the task of selecting the works was pretty natural and the final works just seemed to fit.
“In my classes I’m always surprised at how out-of-the box people’s writing can be. We wanted the anthology to reflect that, to show the strangeness. It’s experimental but not for the sake of it. It also has heart.”
A journey through the anthology reveals this effort to ensure diversity: it includes poems, essays, flash fiction mixed in with longer fiction and screen plays. More…