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 Final Quarter

September 24, 2018

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Here, in full, is The Final Quarter, first published in The Big Issue (#570, 7 – 20 September 2018). Your local vendor may still have some back issues. (So to speak.)   Leonard Cohen probably never kicked an Australian Rules football but I know what he meant when he sang “I ache in the places […]

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