This week in Honi we’ve thrown out the feature and all our regulars. We’ve gone short form—all articles 500 words or less. There’s first person, there’s fiction and there’s poetry. We’re celebrating good stories, told in as many different ways as possible. To be honest, you’ll find little rhyme or reason to any of the pages. But that’s sort of the point. It’s the issue to loosen up a little. To capture all the jumbled, mad mess of creative talent on campus.
From the start, we’ve aimed to fill Honi with as many voices as we could find. We want this paper to honour the breadth of experience you encounter at university. It has the (rare) potential to be a truly creative outlet and the extent of diverse collaboration it enables is a testament to that. This week, there are whopping 40 contributors. That’s 30 writers and 10 artists producing more than 60 pieces of content. A bulk of them are our newly-recruited first year and international student reporters and artists who are being published, for the first time, in this edition.
You’ll read about Catfish and being strangled at the AFL. There are monologues of an Uber driver and the ramblings of a dead author. Someone goes to hospital for popping a pimple.
In many ways, the job for our contributors has been harder. Limited time, limited words, limited characters. But it’s also been a chance to break out of routine and experiment. The regulars will be back. But for now, enjoy this—we think it’s the good kind of mess.