The Light Borrowers is the 32nd collection from the prestigious Creative Writing program at the University of Technology Sydney.
The Light Borrowers includes prose, fiction, poetry and screenplays from talented emerging writers, studying Creative Writing at UTS.
The Saturday Paper reviewer commended the quality of the anthology, stating: "The hit rate is mixed with any anthology, and few of them get to be great. This one stands up next to many collections published in Australia in recent times."
2018 Anthology Contributors and Readers
My name is Shoshana Gottlieb, and I’m currently completing my Honours thesis in Creative Writing. Last year, I finished my Communications degree with a double major in Creative Writing and Social & Political Science. I chose to study creative writing because I wanted to strengthen and evolve in my writing, as well as find a path where I could follow my passion into a career.
My teachers had encouraged me to submit writing to the anthology, which I have done so for the past few years. I’m having two poems published in the 2018 anthology, one about my relationship with religion, and the other about losses I’ve experienced in my life.
After graduation, I hope to get into television writing and production and be a part of the creation of new and diverse content.
My name is Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan and I am currently completing my Masters in Creative Writing. I am also the owner of a PR company and an unused real estate licence, freelance writer, mother of one son and four cats, house builder and sometimes surfer.
I chose to study at UTS as it has long been regarded as providing the ultimate in creative
writing teaching luring writers, at the top of their profession to pass on their knowledge, such as Deborah Adelaide, Delia Falconer, Anthony Macris, John Dale, Andrew Pippos and Claire Corbett.
Studying at UTS is like surfing for the brain giving me a sense of energy and purpose and the necessary tools to perhaps one day achieve the ultimate goal of publication of a novel.
On the surface, Baked Beans and Apple Pie is about the world of a sometimes-recalcitrant check out chick, yet there is so much more, religion, the Australian class system, the treatment of sentient beings and the moral of what happens if you eat a frozen Sarah Lee Apple Pie. P.S. No matter how confident you feel, don’t do it.
My name is Sydney Khoo and I am a first-year postgrad student undertaking a Masters of Creative Writing.
When I moved back to Australia from the UK, unemployed and suffering through one of my regularly-scheduled existential crises, my mother recommended I look into studying writing as a postgraduate course. One google search later, two months of procrastinating, and I applied for Creative Writing at UTS.
During the first semester, one of our lecturers, Delia Falconer, encouraged us to submit our work for publications wherever we could, and one of the places she recommended was the UTS Anthology. I was lucky enough to have two pieces chosen: a personal essay and a short story:
"I'm (Not) Lovin' It" is an abridged version of my "Free Toy Included" personal essay I wrote for my Creative Non-Fiction assessment. Delia recommended we write about what we know best, so I wrote about my experience as a second-generation immigrant coming to terms with asexuality and aromanticism. My second piece, "Collecting Stormwater for the Withering Drought" is a piece of speculative fiction, written in second-person, about love, plants and magic. I rewrote it after taking Narrative Writing with Ronnith Morris, who taught me invaluable lessons about writing fiction and being a writer.
2018 UTS Anthology Writers Prize
Catherine Mah is this years winner of the 2018 UTS Anthology Writers Prize. Her prize winning piece 'The Power of Snails' follows the narrator's terror and sympathy towards a crate full of snails destined for the pot to be the family's next meal.
It was her love of writing fiction which drove her to build on her skills studying Creative Writing as an undergrad to study a Masters in Creative Writing. Winning the prize has given her self-belief in her writing ability and cemented that she's on the right track pursuing a writing career.
Twenty-five writers have contributed twenty-eight unique pieces to the 2018 anthology so pick up a copy to enjoy at your leisure.
UTS @ Sydney Writers Festival 2018
The launch is an opportunity to hear the fresh voices of emerging Australian writers with readings from contributors and announcement of the Writers Prize.
Eleanor Limprecht: Research and Writing: The Truth is in the Detail
Saturday 5th May 1:30pm - 4:30pm
UTS Creative Writing lecturer Eleanor is leading a workshop which will showcase the different research tools available to help aspiring writers improve their writing. Eleanor has a Doctorate of Creative Arts and a Masters of Writing from UTS, and contributed to the 2007 UTS Writers Anthology: What You Do and Don’t Want To.
Luke Slattery: Mrs. M
Wednesday 2nd May 6:30pm-7:30pm
Luke will talk about his new novel: Mrs. M; a rich and intense story that intertwines an imagined history of ambition and dashed dreams, and a portrait of one passionate, unforgettable woman - Elizabeth Macquarie. Luke is currently completing a Doctorate in Creative Arts at UTS.
Women in Tech: Okay Ladies, Now Let’s Get Information
Saturday 5th May 3:00pm-4:00pm
Three inspiring speakers will be in conversation with Deb Verhoeven as they celebrate the incredible women of tech and science. Deb Verhoeven is Associate Dean of Engagement and Innovation at UTS.