Jessica Au reviews 'Offset No. 14' edited by Angela Hryc, Hilal Kirmizi, and Anastasios Zaganidis

Jessica Au reviews 'Offset No. 14'  edited by Angela Hryc, Hilal Kirmizi, and Anastasios Zaganidis

Offset No. 14

by edited by Angela Hryc, Hilal Kirmizi, and Anastasios Zaganidis

Victoria University, $20 pb, 199 pp, 9780975601372

Jessica Au

Jessica Au

Jessica Au is a writer and editor. Her first novel is Cargo (2011).

 

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A sense of suburban ugliness, occasionally undercut with twists of magic realism, runs through the latest issue of Offset, Victoria University’s creative arts journal. Like its contemporaries Above Water, Verandah, Verge, and Visible Ink, Offset is a student-run publication – a new editorial team is selected each year – and provides a vital space for both emerging editors and artists to trade work and ideas. Produced by committee, there is a yearbook-like feel to this community-driven collection. Aesthetically, 2014’s incarnation is the strongest yet, beautifully designed by Chloe Watson, with an eye for storytelling and narrative simplicity, and featuring a whimsical cover illustration by Renee Cerncic.

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Published in March 2015, no. 369