Sons of Ash by Atoc Malou

Sons of Ash by Atoc Malou

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They did you wrong. They stole

your song, the rhythm of youth

they took from you

I know it hurts.

That taste of dirt,

was bitter.

As a child, Luro became a soldier.

And as a child, he committed atrocities defeating the pursuit of peace.

Now, as a young man, Luro battles with his memories and attempts to redeem himself through Sen.

Sen is an orphaned child wishing to find his sisters and simply attend school again.

Together, the boys navigate their experiences and build a sense of hope.



Over the course of 2021, a select group of young writers was invited to take part in a year-long writing program at Story Factory. Their goal was to produce a fully realised novella. This is one of the novellas produced in these workshops. 

Year of the Novella is one of Story Factory’s most intensive programs. Throughout 2021, a committed group of young writers came to workshops every week – first at Story Factory in Parramatta; then, when the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hit, over Discord. Through these and many other disruptions, the young people in this program continued to write and support each other. This novella was written as part of that project. 

Year of the Novella 2021 was made possible thanks to the support of the McLean Foundation, Nelson Meers Foundation, Key Foundation and Pantera Press Foundation.