Naming rites

January 29, 2013

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This story was published in The Big Issue in January 2013. A shorter version was broadcast on ABC 774 on 20 January 2017. IT IS the day before Australia Day 2012  and a man is asking me the name of this part of the country. The traditional name. It is six in the morning, on […]

The Australian Reading Hour: All Things Must Pass

September 19, 2018

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Thanks to Hobsons Bay Libraries, I am part of today’s Australian Reading Hour. I’ve dipped my toe into the world of podcasts and recorded (on my very own phone!) a very short memoir. (Okay, you won’t be surprised that it’s a Stereo Story. Based on a George Harrison song.) Four other writers from Hobsons Bay […]

Posted in: Family, Life, Song stories

Meeting Mirka Mora

September 18, 2018

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Reading recent news reports and obituaries of Melbourne artist Mirka Mora , who died in late August, aged 90, I came across some sentences that sounded familiar

Posted in: Life

The Final Quarter (preview)

September 9, 2018

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It’s been a while since I’ve written for The Big Issue Australia. The Final Quarter is another footy story but it quotes Leonard Cohen at the start: “I ache in the places where I used to play”. Find your local vendor and ask for the latest edition, # 570. Cheers  

Handyman blues

January 7, 2018

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Here’s a Stereo Story about being up on a roof in a storm and not knowing what to do. Many thanks to friend and fellow writer/letter-writer Paul Bateman.

Posted in: City stories, Life

Water talk

November 13, 2017

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We stood talking in the water. Waist deep. 6.30am. Saturday. I’d just managed 100 metres in the shallows without drowning. He was about to do an easy 1500. Probably more. I was heading into shore. He was heading into the deep. We stood talking in the water. Common humanity. He farewelled me with ‘See you […]

Posted in: Sea stories

Down the Garden Path (preview)

September 23, 2017

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The Big Issue has just published Down the Garden Path. Here’s how it starts: My neighbor pulls up as I’m standing in my front yard looking, again, at all the weeds, wondering where on earth to start. “What’s the plan?” he asks cheerily, closing his car door. “Oh, there’s no plan,” I say. “There’s never […]

Posted in: Life, The Big Issue