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The Do It Yourself Postal Service

September 26, 2016


This story was first published in The Big Issue # 518, 12-25 August 2016.   My mate Paul and I have started a new postal service.  An exclusive, boutique service. We have a catchment area of four linear kilometres and a clientele of two. There are no premium rates. No sorting of letters in faraway […]

The DIY Postal Service (preview)

August 15, 2016


The Big Issue has just published a story about letter-writing, and friendship, and delivering your own hand-written letters on your own bike. I have a postie’s bike, but not in good working order. Salvaged from a skip, it’s a rusted machine with a cracked leather seat, flat tyres and a chain that won’t budge. Still, […]

Snoopy, my writing mentor

January 8, 2016


Snoopy, currently starring in Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, knows a thing or two about writing and about the writing life. Here are some of the topics the bookish beagle ponders in the first edition of his wise and humourous collected works, Snoopy Stars as The World Famous Literary Ace (Ravette Books, 1988): […]

Taking flight (preview)

December 23, 2014


The Big Issue has just published Taking flight. It’s a story about racing pigeons and swimming nuns. About technology and memory. About marathons and the sun. It’s a story about the sea and the desert. It’s a story about talking to a bloke at the beach.   The Big Issue is available from street vendors: […]

School bell

September 2, 2014


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 […]

Ward Music

July 3, 2014


This story was first published in The Big Issue (461, 20 June – 3 July 2014) You can grow cynical about some old songs. Call them too sentimental. If you’ve heard them once you’ve heard them a thousand times. Ho-hum. And then you’re in a visiting room of a palliative care hospital built in the […]