Words by TAYLAH SCHRADER
“Literature can be at once a mirror of distortion, exaggeration and accuracy, where we see some aspect of ourselves reflected back to us.”
Such is Hannah Kent’s foreword to the 2014 UTS Writers’ Anthology, Sight Lines.
Although it may seem difficult to ascertain at first what the theme of the 28th Anthology is, with every turned page, the editorial logic only becomes clearer.
Sight Lines is a selection of the best short stories by UTS students from over the past year. Consisting of 31 pieces selected from over 350 submissions, the Anthology is, undoubtedly, one of the most fascinating reads you’ll pick up in 2014.
The Anthology is an overall exploration of how narrative can be diversified and manipulated by an individual’s creative voice. The vast array of different stories within the Anthology showcase the uniqueness of opinion, and the way a person ultimately impacts their audience, through their choices of literary expression. Sight Lines readers will come to the realisation that there is beautiful power in perspective, and the myriad of short stories within it only reinforce that realisation.
I will not spoil the opportunity for you to interpret and enjoy of these stories, so rather than just describing my favourites, I will say this: the Anthology promises to provide a story that will grab your attention. The power of storytelling lies in its ability to intertwine itself with person’s psyche, by natural association with a character or situation, or by stark contrast to it.
Therefore, as you stocktake the damage sustained by the conclusion of yet another semester of university, take the time to enjoy Sight Lines. I can guarantee that you won’t come out of it thinking exactly the same way as you did going in.
Sight Lines was launched by Christos Tsiolkas at the Sydney Writers’ Festival on Sunday, May 25. The Anthology is available nationally from all major retailers including Apple, Amazon and as an e-book from Xoum.
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