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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 […]

Stamp Duty

September 20, 2015

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This story was first published in the Australian edition of The Big Issue (#485 29 May – 11 June 2015) MY BROTHER rings. Out of the blue. From interstate, where he’s lived more than half his life. “I’ve been tidying the garage,” he says with a quiet enthusiasm, “and I’ve found your old stamp albums.” […]

Stamp Duty (preview)

May 30, 2015

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The Big Issue has just published Stamp Duty. Here’s how the story starts: MY BROTHER rings. Out of the blue. From interstate, where he’s lived more than half his life. “I’ve been tidying the garage,” he says with a quiet enthusiasm, “and I’ve found your old stamp albums.” I reply, warmly, that I’m mildly curious […]

School bell

September 2, 2014

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From home I can hear the school bell It rings for six-hundred children It rings for me as well Marking out the working day Measuring out the domestic duties At five to nine The children are like leaves blown by a sudden gust of wind Driven from the busy playground to the teacher Alone in […]