First kiss

December 29, 2016

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As you know, dear reader, much of my writing these past few years has been through the prism of Stereo Stories and the notion of a song, a place, a time. You also know that, come summer, I somehow fall back into poetry… Advertisements

Posted in: Song stories

Tree Change

November 26, 2016

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This story was first published in The Big Issue #523 (21 Oct – 3 Nov 2016) I’ve stopped collecting freshly-cut logs and tree stumps from nature strips. I’ve stopped pulling over a little excitedly, opening up the back of the car, hauling the wood into the boot and driving off, a little triumphantly. My back’s […]

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 […]

Posted in: Family, Life, Song stories

Tree Change (preview)

October 21, 2016

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My latest Big Issue story is an 800-worder called Tree Change. And, no, it’s not about moving to a rural idyll.

The Do It Yourself Postal Service

September 26, 2016

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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 […]

Posted in: Life, The Big Issue

The DIY Postal Service (preview)

August 15, 2016

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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, […]

Posted in: Life, The Big Issue