The Evening Lands: 2013 UTS Writer’s Anthology

“Writers make up the world from the real, and from our own imaginings. We don’t know our own selves; we don’t know what we are capable of until we write those selves into being.”

– UTS alumnus Anna Funder in her foreword to the 2013 UTS Writers’ Anthology.

In this, the 27th anthology, 32 burgeoning, fresh voices give us their take on human nature. Like the voices, the selves – real and imagined – brought into being in The Evening Lands are many and varied and they respond to their circumstances accordingly. Readers glimpse dignity in one woman’s misery, a child’s resignation as her family unit dissolves, the true meaning of small mercies in the face of natural disaster, and the choices we make as bystanders, witnesses and participants in the lives (and deaths) of others. Human weakness – our frailties and our failings – are to be found in this collection. So too is the subhuman, personified by human traits such as our need for safety and instinct for survival. But to quote from the poem that lends its title to this book, “What does it matter/What we call human, and what we don’t call human?/The rose would smell as sweet” – from ‘The Evening Land’ by D.H. Lawrence.

130800UTS-UMag290x290Jacqui Wise, Marketing and Communication Unit

This review was originally published in the August edition of U: Magazine

 

The Evening Lands is the 2013 UTS Writers’ Anthology. UTS’s anthology is one of the longest running university collections in Australia and previous issues have helped launch the careers of numerous Australian authors.

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