A parcel for John Clarke

May 5, 2017


In the mid-1980s my friend Pat Hayes was letters editor at The Age. In May 1985, amongst the usual letters about politics and news and issues of the day, he started receiving letters about a curious sport known as farnarkeling. The letters were riffing on the imaginary sport created by satirist John Clarke. Open to […]

Posted in: Life

John Quixote and the true history of Moggs Creek

April 10, 2017


It was all a bit of a lark. In 1955 a group of friends bought land at Moggs Creek, a blink-and-you-miss-it spot on the Great Ocean Road between Aireys Inlet and Lorne. The land had been recently subdivided by the Boyd family, which had owned land there since 1905. The group was bemused by the […]

Posted in: Sea stories

Hobsons Bay and Yarrabah – sisters by the sea

January 12, 2017


In July 2016,  members of Get Up Out West visited Yarrabah to meet, interview, film and photograph a handful of  residents, with a view to increasing awareness in Hobsons Bay about Yarrabah, and the friendship alliance between the two municipalities. The trip was funded by Hobsons Bay City Council, following a funding application from Get […]

First kiss

December 29, 2016


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…

Posted in: Song stories

Tree Change

November 26, 2016


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


‘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