‘These are spirited, diverse and most welcome notes of defiance.’ Peter Rose
‘Verge 2023 is properly defiant, in its will to bring you superb new writing, in the face of the cataclysms of our time, defiant against fear and anguish. The words between these covers are unflinching, crisp, imaginative.’ Ali Alizadeh
New Australian writing from emerging and established writers
The thirty-one stories and poems in this collection explore our defiant acts: the small, everyday moments of revolt to life-changing actions in possible futures and imagined pasts. From the unbridled ambition of a scientist to the assassination of a king, and traversing themes including the anthropogenic impact on climate change and the intersectional nature of identity, this scintillating collection takes us into the moral quandaries, ambitions and desires of those in places near and far.
Crackling with energy and originality, these pieces are united by a singular intent: to defy the expected, whether in form, subject or content. They reveal the best of Australian writing today.
Featuring contributors including Carmel Bird, Sofia Chapman, Elena Disilvestro, Warwick Sprawson, Cameron Semmens, Arwen Verdnik, Ashleigh K. Rose, Paris Rosemont, Jane Downing and Koraly Dimitriadis.
Read Peter Rose’s launch speech