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Monday 14 April 2014
Culture Featured

in case you missed it: lip-readings and awards night

Lip Magazine
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On Friday night Lip held a very special event in Melbourne. Under the lamps of yesteryear and the gaze of multiple Mona Lisa paintings in Bourke Street’s Society Restaurant, a group of Lip writers, readers and supporters came together to celebrate feminism, independent publishing and women’s stories. To kick off the evening, our incoming Editor-in-chief introduced herself. Jo Mandarano…
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Friday 14 February 2014
Featured

meet the judges: estelle tang

Ruby Mahoney
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Over the next week or so, Lip will be running a special set of interviews with the judges of the 2014 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. These lovely ladies are Jessica Friedmann, Melanie Tait and Estelle Tang. A few days ago published our interview with Jessica Friedmann. Today let’s meet Estelle Tang. Estelle Tang has recently relocated to NYC, and…
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Wednesday 12 February 2014
Featured

meet the judges: jessica friedmann

Ruby Mahoney
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Over the next week or so, Lip will be running a special set of interviews with the judges of the 2014 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. These lovely ladies are Jessica Friedmann, Melanie Tait and Estelle Tang. First up, let’s meet Jessica Friedmann. Jessica Friedmann is a Melbourne-based writer and editor, who has formerly worked at Farrago,…
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Saturday 2 November 2013
Memoir

memoir: my hero, the girl next door

Tasha Llewellyn
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At eight years old, my idol was the girl who lived next door. Her name was Sam. She was twelve and she had red hair that she always tied up in a ponytail and tucked underneath a baseball cap. She had TWO horses, so she was instantly my favourite person. She let me ride one…
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Thursday 24 October 2013
Memoir

memoir: breaking up in bangkok

Bianca Martin
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I am waiting anxiously at Suvarnabhumi Airport, pacing back and forth. As with most places in South East Asia, it is swarming with people. I’m not able to find an empty seat and my eyesight is blurry – a mixture of the early morning flight and the hustle of the airport. I just flew in…
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Thursday 10 October 2013
Memoir

memoir: train to victoria

Alinta Krauth
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I pull cobbler’s pegs out of my hair and let them drop to the cabin floor. I wonder, briefly, if this is somehow illegal. Then I realise I know nothing about British flora anyway. Again I rummage in my pocket and pull out the printed map of my route, already dog-eared from being so often…
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Friday 27 September 2013
Memoir

memoir: lippy

Aicha Marhfour
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I hate to say it, but I only started wearing lipstick last year. I was, up until that point a staunch lip-gloss person. And before that, I had what I’d call my wilderness years, where the occasional slick of Vaseline would suffice. Moving from using lip-gloss to embracing lipstick felt like a jump: an initiation…
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Tuesday 24 September 2013
Memoir

memoir: a slightly autobiographical account of contra dancing

Kaiyuh Rose Cornberg
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The most common introduction people receive in the world of contra dance is no introduction at all. You arrive at the dance hall, realise, if you are a girl, that your skirt is too short (or too long) and that you forgot to bring another set of shoes. Your carefully chosen boots, which you wore…
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Friday 6 September 2013
Memoir

memoir: of moose and women

Kaiyuh Rose Cornberg
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This piece is an excerpt from Ambivalent at Best, a longer memoir work. Every summer my family and I spent time in the Alaskan wilderness, living in a cabin my father had built in the 1970s, which we improved and amended over the course of about six summers. The first summer there I was nine…
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Wednesday 21 August 2013
Memoir

memoir: culture shock in japan

Keshia Jacotine
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My first thought is, ‘I really did not think this one through.’ That is my first thought when I sit down on a bench, clutching my backpack in the middle of Tokyo. My second thought is of a display I passed as I disembarked from my plane at Narita a couple of hours earlier. It…
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Saturday 3 August 2013
Culture

memoir: snowboarding as therapy

Helen Taylor
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  things I learned in a Whistler winter I was twenty-three when I moved to Whistler in British Columbia, Canada. I moved on little more than a whim and a vague sense of the urgency to change what had become dangerously apathetic circumstances. My younger brothers had both spent time in that part of the…
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Wednesday 17 July 2013
Culture

memoir: sexual epiphany

Ucheoma Onwutuebe
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I was nine and in my fifth year in elementary school when one day, out of curiosity, I pulled out my mother’s Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English and looked up the word ’sex’. I wish I had spared myself that knowledge for suddenly, my little world took on a harsher hue. The second meaning of the…
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Thursday 11 July 2013
Culture

memoir: the aftermath

Chloe Higgins
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There are people everywhere. And yet the house is empty. I am floating on a stormy cloud. I am not struggling to stay atop it, but rather, struggling to understand why I am not falling through. There is nothing concrete under my feet. The ground is a thousand miles beneath me and yet it is…
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Sunday 7 July 2013
Culture

memoir: from bloody mongrel to cockapoo, shitzoodle and nintendog

Rianh Silvertree
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What has happened to the family pet? Dear Father Christmas, All I want is a puppy. I will love it and care for it and name it for its most redeeming characteristic…. My 1973 dog had a damp start to life, being the only pup that survived a dunking by gunny sack in the local…
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