Kellie Taylor lives in Perth, Western Australia and grew up on water pumping stations along the Perth to Kalgoorlie pipeline. She moved constantly and discovered new worlds in her reading and writing. She was first published in Australian Short Stories when she was fifteen and is currently studying writing and editing at Edith Cowan University. Her short stories, “Taking Turns” and “The Umbrella” received Highly Commended awards in the Talus Prize competition in 2013 and 2016 respectively.
Wren sits with a newborn on her chest, another beside her, and wrestles with memories of how she arrived at this point. She is at the mercy of a woman whose dissatisfaction with her own life fuels her cruelty, and a man for whom beauty cannot be appreciated without the presence of the abhorrent. In her impossibly unbalanced world, how can she be certain of her own nat