Pulch is a local Western Australian magazine created by young creatives for young creatives. Since July, they’ve published essays, fiction, and poetry collections, all of which are accompanied by wonderful artworks unique to the writings. To say we’re proud of the work the Pulch team has produced in such a short time is an understatement.
The essays include a number of social reflections and musings of the world we’re living in. ‘Public School Kid’ by Jo Newman, reviews the Australian school systems and cultures through the eyes of her aboriginal background. ‘The Art of Neighbourliness’ by Tinashe Jakwa, discusses the importance of connecting with others and viewing the act of interacting with our neighbours as an art. ‘Not Asian Enough’ by Emma Ruben, talks about the complexities of identity when it comes to having a mixed background. ‘Astral Projection for the Modern Man’ by Max Vos, examines how his doubts of being a transgender man isn’t a part of him.
The fiction stories feature an eclectic array of characters and themes. ‘Some messed up form of closure’ by Baran Rostamian, features a gathering of family and friends where not everyone is as close as it may seem. ‘With Extra Pickles’ by Tiffany Ko, tells the story of disconnection and running away from home. ‘Spare Key’ by Frances An, is a comedic story about helping a stranger retrieve his hotel keys.
A common theme of identity emerges from the three poetry collections. ‘Beginning and other poems’ by Patrick Gunesekera, discusses the relationships between queerness, faith, and culture. ‘Creation Myth and other poems’ by Nisha D’cruz, explores the uniqueness and functions of one’s own body. ‘Sa Kabilang Mundo (In the Other World)’ by Kaya Ortiz, examines the effects of colonialisation and the pressure to assimilate into whiteness.
As Pulch works to publish creatives works by young locals on a weekly basis, there’s room for lots of experimentation. In a few weeks, you can expect the team to collaborate with more photographers with the aim to have photographs accompany new creative pieces.
We’re thrilled to be auspicing such an amazing team of young creatives and we can’t wait to see what Pulch will bring soon.
Article written by Centre for Stories intern, Sutida Thodmoon.