UNSWeetened Literary Journal 2020

The 2020 Theme: Seams

The theme this year: Seams – the junction at which life intercedes. The journal hopes to bring together that which can combine or separate existence. The aim is to make a pastiche of the twice let down skirt, the cracks on the sidewalk and the texture of the rebound book- those things that link us as members of the present, to those experiences which help shape us. 

Consider ‘Seams’. They are an element of our existence holding things together. They are the stiches holding the two sides of a wound in place, hoping it heals. They are the tracks running either side of jeans, hems lengthened when we grow. They are torn apart, ripped and sewed back together. They are the ties that bind and those that break. They unite opposites and are the DMZ between viewpoints. Seams breathe with us and can constrict us in the same moment. Seams are shapes and are folds. The seams of a toastie hold the most crunch, and the seams of a onesie are the fluffiest of all. They can be the family member that is a go-between and they can be the point at which the buck stops. They can be the brickwork either side of the ivy that creeps up the exterior wall. Seams are what make up life, and what we keep changing to live.

Meet the UNSWeetened 2020 Team

Say a warm welcome to the faces behind the journal.

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UNSWeetened 2020 Podcast Shownotes

Come take some time out of your day to relax and take a deep dive into the world of literature with the UNSWeetened team.

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Book Recommendations

Books handpicked by our lovely team members! Designed and illustrated by Sean and Matthew.

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Water the Plants - UNSWeetened X The Producers

​The Producers plant, maintain and harvest veggies (or "produce" ...get it, now?) around campus. They also run workshops giving aimed at boosting your greenery-confidence and giving you foodie ideas. ​Now they are planting some writing seeds and watching

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SHORT STORY: Body Horror

By Juliet Manolias (UNSWeetened Editor) - You extend your pinkie fingers first. A herculean task, but you manage it fine, and decide to toy with the idea of freeing the rest in succession.

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ART: By Matthew Lim

Matthew Lim - the UNSWeetened Illustrator - reflects on their latest piece.

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POEM | Floral Solipsism

BY Russell Marsden (UNSWeetened Editor)

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POEM | Absence

BY Sean Paul (UNSWeetened Editor)

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