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Tour de Moggs Creek

July 10, 2014


This story was first published in The Big Issue, in July 2010. Back then it was titled My Father’s Bicycle. Dad’s leather bike helmet hung in the garage, along with his boxing gloves, above the table-tennis table, the paint-tins, the jars of nails and all the other bits and pieces that accumulate in a garage. […]

Shelf life

March 6, 2014


This just might be the oddest piece I’ve written in a while. Does it work? Maybe. Maybe not. Shelf life Cereal, butter, pasta, chutney, relish…The supermarket list is long. Very long. And it’s my turn to push the trolley, to walk the bright fluorescent aisles, to face shelf after shelf after shelf. It’s my turn […]

The first ball

November 18, 2013


The first ball of the first Test First comes sport. Later on comes sex and love. Songwriter Paul Kelly, paraphrased from The Age, April 24, 2004 The first ball of the first Test The first rays of the summer sun The first stroke of the willow bat The first run The first bounce of the […]

The Right Land

August 5, 2013


Just over 20 years ago I wrote an 800 word piece called The Right Land, about a very common experience – hoping to buy a house. The story was published, appropriately, in an Age supplement called Home and in a West Australian supplement called Habitat. Its genesis was a failed  fictional short story. (My cross-over […]

Footy Town

March 29, 2013


Footy Town is a newly-published collection of  football yarns from around the nation; stories which celebrate footy at its most local: from New Norfolk to the Tiwi Islands, from Rockhampton to Kalgoorlie, from Edwardstown to Fitzroy, and all the way to Mangoplah Cookardinia United. My contribution to Footy Town is story called A Beautiful Set […]

The broken wedding bat

January 15, 2013


Julie and I were married 25 years ago on a sunny Saturday afternoon: 16 January 1988. We had a picnic wedding in a big park in Geelong, just up from Eastern Beach, not far from the local botanical gardens. It was a BYO occasion, with guests invited to bring picnic lunches, folding chairs, picnic rugs, […]