Meet the UNSWeetened 2021 Team

Axel-Nathaniel Rose

Coordinator | Creative Writing Ph.D


What is your favourite myth?

I'll go with the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Power of love, hubris of humanity, contemplations on the power of fate etc.


What is your favourite book?

Howard's End by E.M Forster! Such beautiful language, devastatingly tender love story, and a fascinating insight into Edwardian values and society.


What is your favourite genre?

I always end up returning to fantasy.


What do you think is an underrated book/movie/genre?

The fantasy/YA film Mirrormask (written by Neil Gaiman) is so haunting, so bizarre, so funny, so beautiful, and yet so few people have seen it!


What are you excited about UNSWeetened 2021?

What am I not excited about? However, I am super excited about the publication itself. Holding a hard copy of the journal is going to be pretty magical.

Christina Le

Illustrator | Bachelor of Design / Bachelor of Commerce


What is your favourite myth?

I was obsessed with Greek Mythology as a kid (thanks Rick Riordan). My favourite myth or tale is probably the Odyssey, because of how wildly entertaining it is. My favourite part from the Odyssey is Odysseus' encounter with Polyphemus, cus' I think the "Nobody" schtick is such a big brain move.


What is your favourite book?

No.6 by Atsuko Asano. Unfortunately, the series has not been officially translated into English. Picture this: A utopian-dystopian society, mysterious deaths caused by rapid ageing, and a fateful encounter between two boys - just thinking about it makes me want to re-read it!


What is your favourite genre?

I mainly gravitate towards fantasy, sci-fi and thriller genres. And if it has a GOOD romantic sub-plot, then I'm sold.


What do you think is an underrated book/movie/genre?

Klaus (2019) directed by Sergio Pablos. The animation is phenomenal and I'm a sucker for reluctant strangers to found family tropes.


What are you excited about UNSWeetened 2021?

I'm super excited to see how UNSW students uniquely interpret the theme of Mythos and how the final publication will look put together. I'm also very excited to be able to illustrate and interpret the magic of mythos!

Rosie Bogumil

Editor | English Honours


What is your favourite myth?

Oh wow - so many options! I love all sorts of Greek mythology. Rick Riordan stole my heart. 


What is your favourite book?

There are so many! From this year, I would have to say 'A Million Little Pieces' by James Frey which chronicles his recovery from alcoholism. Of all time? It's a four-way tie between Atwood's 'Alias Grace', Plath's 'The Bell Jar', Glasgow's 'Girl in Pieces', and Gail Honeyman's 'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.'


What is your favourite genre?

You mean I have to choose? I like books...


What do you think is an underrated book/movie/genre?

Sci-fi, which is perhaps underrated because it's wildly misunderstood.


What are you excited about UNSWeetened 2021?

The theme this year is fantastic, so I am hoping to see some themed work.

Mia Lo Russo

Editor | Bachelor of Economics / Bachelor of Arts (English / Creative Writing)


What is your favourite book?

My favourite book would probably have to be The Notebooks of Malte Laurid Brigges by Rainer Maria Rilke. Its expressionistic, dreamlike, perhaps meandering. It is really more of a long prose poem and Rilke's descriptions of twentieth-century France just transport me into a world of sensitivity and artistry.


What is your favourite genre?

I'd definitely have to go with postmodernism, especially the really experimental kind. I find this genre so clever, playful and inventive. It’s the style I usually write in as well!



What do you think is an underrated book/movie/genre?

Rom-coms get such a bad wrap but there's so much merit to a lot of them. They provide a lot of room for discourse on popular culture conceptions of identity and contrasts between commercial and intellectual successes of a work. Perhaps a bit meta, but they provide a really important cultural framework to look at the entire institution of romance.



What are you excited about UNSWeetened 2021?

I'm super excited to see how everyone approaches the theme this year. Myths aren't just a genre or trope - they're an entire method of historicising and conceptualising both the self and our communities. Myths exist in literature, in the media, in politics, even in science. Myths let us make sense of the world and they refer to something metaphysical a lot of the time. I am so thrilled to be able to see how everyone approaches the richness of this theme!

Wen Yu Yang

Editor | Bachelor of Commerce (Majors: Marketing & Information Systems)


What is your favourite myth?

Not sure if The Highwayman counts as a myth, but a teacher read Alfred Noyes's poem based to the class and this haunting, tragic story's stuck with me since. (To this day I question the age-appropriateness of the reading but oh well.)


What is your favourite book?

The Broken Earth Trilogy. It was earth-shattering, obliterated my mind and soul. There's a lot of pain and anger but also strength - in other words, don't expect it to be an easy ride because it isn't, but it's definitely worth it.


What is your favourite genre?
Fantasyyy.


What do you think is an underrated book/movie/genre?

Zong! by M. NourbeSe Philip because it's a masterpiece and of utmost significance and I wish everyone would read it. 


What are you excited about UNSWeetened 2021?

I'm really, really excited to see all the different ways mythos is interpreted and to work with the team and UNSW creatives!