First section

Foreword

This year has been one of many firsts for UNSWeetened. 2021 was the first year which began and ended in lockdown, the first year the theme has been featured in the logo, and the first year with a team of thirteen people, the largest yet – most of whom have never met each other in person.

Perhaps most significantly, this is the first ever crowd-funded edition of UNSWeetened. In August, UNSWeetened’s budget was entirely cut due to the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Thanks to the generosity of our community, we will be able to print more than 200 copies. It is an extraordinary gift to the authors, volunteers, and UNSW.

I had chosen this year’s theme, ‘Mythos’, months before announcing it, and what it meant to me then was that people self-create through the stories we tell. When we search and find no answer, we create the answer, and throughout history that has been through stories. The seasons changed; we did not know why, so we told the story of Demeter, Hades, and Persephone. It’s a love story, a grief story, a power story, and a story that we have been
telling for nearly 3000 years. We know now why the seasons change, but that essential act of creation has stayed with us. I still think of that story when Autumn comes.

The perseverance of mythology through history shows a fundamental human ability for the sharing of stories.

Telling stories of joy and of agony alike with the same reverence is, in my view, one of the most beautiful things in the world.

2021 has, for many, not been a beautiful year, but a harrowing one. Twenty-one authors have shared their short stories, poems, and essays with us despite this, and I couldn’t be more grateful. They have given their time and their talent to bring together something so beautifulamidst great strife. The work that goes into the writing, revising, and editing of a creative work is immense, and it is a great privilege to be presenting that work here. UNSWeetened has always had the goal of championing the work of emerging writers at its heart, and whileI’m excited to see what each of our writers does next, for now, I’m simply proud of all they have done to get to this point.

While I coordinated UNSWeetened this year, I’m not the one who brought it to life – it is thanks first and foremost to the team of twelve volunteer designers, editors, illustrators, and publicists. I thank you with all my heart for your artistry, conversation, diligence, humour, and passion. I can’t say how much your work means to me. I needn’t dedicate this Journal to you – it’s already yours.

I thank you all, and I hope you enjoy
UNSWeetened 2021: MYTHOS.

First section

First section

Foreword

This year has been one of many firsts for UNSWeetened. 2021 was the first year which began and ended in lockdown, the first year the theme has been featured in the logo, and the first year with a team of thirteen people, the largest yet – most of whom have never met each other in person.

Perhaps most significantly, this is the first ever crowd-funded edition of UNSWeetened. In August, UNSWeetened’s budget was entirely cut due to the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Thanks to the generosity of our community, we will be able to print more than 200 copies. It is an extraordinary gift to the authors, volunteers, and UNSW.

I had chosen this year’s theme, ‘Mythos’, months before announcing it, and what it meant to me then was that people self-create through the stories we tell. When we search and find no answer, we create the answer, and throughout history that has been through stories. The seasons changed; we did not know why, so we told the story of Demeter, Hades, and Persephone. It’s a love story, a grief story, a power story, and a story that we have been
telling for nearly 3000 years. We know now why the seasons change, but that essential act of creation has stayed with us. I still think of that story when Autumn comes.

The perseverance of mythology through history shows a fundamental human ability for the sharing of stories.

Telling stories of joy and of agony alike with the same reverence is, in my view, one of the most beautiful things in the world.

2021 has, for many, not been a beautiful year, but a harrowing one. Twenty-one authors have shared their short stories, poems, and essays with us despite this, and I couldn’t be more grateful. They have given their time and their talent to bring together something so beautifulamidst great strife. The work that goes into the writing, revising, and editing of a creative work is immense, and it is a great privilege to be presenting that work here. UNSWeetened has always had the goal of championing the work of emerging writers at its heart, and whileI’m excited to see what each of our writers does next, for now, I’m simply proud of all they have done to get to this point.

While I coordinated UNSWeetened this year, I’m not the one who brought it to life – it is thanks first and foremost to the team of twelve volunteer designers, editors, illustrators, and publicists. I thank you with all my heart for your artistry, conversation, diligence, humour, and passion. I can’t say how much your work means to me. I needn’t dedicate this Journal to you – it’s already yours.

I thank you all, and I hope you enjoy
UNSWeetened 2021: MYTHOS.