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Backyard Croak It

January 10, 2019

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Thank you to The Big Issue for running this story in its recent summer edition (#577. 26 December 2018 to 10 January 2019).   Chang was no cricketer. For starters, he was a dog. And not one of those dogs that can chase and even catch cricket balls. No, Chang was a Pomeranian-cross. Small, orange, […]

Backyard Croak It (preview)

December 24, 2018

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‘Nice to be in the final Big Issue of 2018 (and the first of 2019) with a little yarn about the perils of a Pomeranian pet being on the field during backyard cricket. Edition 577. 26 December 2018 to 10 January 2019. Available from your local vendor for $9. Cheers.  

Leap of faith

December 2, 2018

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Here is Leap of faith, first published in The Big Issue #575 (16 Nov to 2 Dec 2018).   It was the Christmas I fell down the steps outside the church. It wasn’t a typical church. It was a room within a beach-house owned by a priest. Or perhaps his archdiocese. (Priests are sworn to […]

Leap of faith (preview)

November 16, 2018

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The Big Issue has just published Leap Of Faith, a story about the Christmas, long ago, when I fell down the steps outside church. It was the Christmas, I like to think a little too neatly, that God and I parted ways. It was not a dramatic falling out – only those few steps – […]

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 […]

A brother’s records

November 5, 2016

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‘Been a while since I’ve written a Stereo Story. Here’s how my latest starts: My eldest brother didn’t own many records. If my memory serves me well, the albums he listened to were by The Beatles, a rebel country songwriter, some Dylan and Clapton, a little art rock, and some English pop by a red-headed […]