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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 […]

Naming rites (preview)

January 18, 2013

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The Big Issue has just published Naming Rites. Here’s how it starts: It is the day before Australia Day 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 beach. Dawn. “I think this is Wathaurong country,” I offer, none […]

Life saver

October 12, 2011

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Online magazine Eureka Street has just published a new story. Here’s an excerpt: The doctor told Clyde he had glandular fever and needed a real rest, maybe a spell in a nursing home. ‘I asked, But what about Vera? Who will look after Vera?’ Behind his glasses his eyes reflect the bruise of the question. Read the […]

Snorkelling for stingrays

January 31, 2011

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Snorkelling for stingrays is a matter of being careful what you pray for. You know what you’re looking for but you’re not sure you want to find it. Here’s a story The Big Issue ran a few summers ago. Looking for Big Ray

Waist deep

January 8, 2011

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The Australian edition of The Big Issue has just published Waist Deep, a story about the ebb and flow of friendships, and about finding a sense of belonging. Here’s an excerpt: I had no place here, I told myself again. I’m an impostor, here for the benefit of my own selfish curiosity. But now standing […]

Swimming in ink

November 17, 2010

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Eureka Street has today published Swimming in ink, a story that began with one thought – the opening line – and then took on a life of its own. Here’s an excerpt: He is out there, a fellow water man, in the real dark, in the blue-black ink. I am just here in the shallows, […]