Kathryn Gossow

Finalist Best Fantasy Novel 2017 Aurealis Awards

Cassie is a farmer’s daughter with a fortune teller gifts.  She tries to use her psychic gift to help the people she loves and mostly fails. Her genius neighbour Athena offers her help, except Athena is a Greek goddess reincarnate. It might be Australia in the 1980s but the remaining Greek gods still think humans are their plaything.

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Some people are so broken they can only cut us.

With poetic dexterity Aurealis Award finalist Kathryn Gossow interweaves eight short stories of longing and alienation featuring outcasts and the misunderstood. From a homeless storyteller to a gardening soothsayer, to a copy editor who owns a pair of stubborn chickens, readers will come face to face with the humanity of people easily judged by a rigid society. At the heart of these stories is the Dark Poet, a charismatic and broken man, who leaves a trail of debris drifts in and out of people’s lives.

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Finding your brave.

Early Sunday morning in the quiet country town of Stinky Gully, five-year-old Bree-Anna takes her doll Baby for a walk. Jake, passing through, hoping to spend the day with his daughter sees a chubby girl in pink get into a green car. Eloise, barmaid and part-time cleaner, distracted with protecting her ailing father from her junkie brother, sees pink clothes in loner Randall’s washing basket and doesn’t think twice. Bree-Anna’s precious Baby is locked in a suitcase on top of a wardrobe. She has no one to help her and Bree-Anna must remember all the times she has been brave if she is to survive in Mr Randall’s house.

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South of the Sun: Australian Fairy Tales for the 21st Century is an enchanting illustrated book of fairy tales – but not the kind you read to children at bedtime.

They are strictly for grown-ups. Often dark, the stories visit places where things don’t end happily ever after, where a single decision can haunt you forever.

But there are also tales to make you laugh out loud, stories of sweet revenge and scenes of sheer delight in the work of magic and the fey.

Discover stories from emerging talent and leading award-winning Australian writers including Carmel Bird, Sophie Masson, Cate Kennedy and Eugen Bacon, along with artwork from foremost illustrators such as Lorena Carrington and Kathleen Jennings.

by Gabi Brown (Editor), Lorena Carrington (Editor), Kathryn Gossow (Editor), Louisa John-Krol (Editor), Patsy Poppenbeek (Editor)

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Memory Games, in StylusLit

The Cusp, Conflux winner

Turning the Corner, Unsettling Wonder

Grandma’s House,” Gingerbread House

Soulmates, Black: Australian Dark Culture

Cold Kiss, Black Box Anthology

Dance Home, Cezanne’s Carrot

Boys and Cars, elimae

Women who do Lunch, Salome Magazine

Reflections on a Town Bike, Diddle Dog

The Applicant, Antipodean SF

Worm, Cezanne’s Carrot

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