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My Highs, My Lows

May 3, 2019


My Highs, My Lows was published in The Big Issue (Australia) #585 (18 April to 2 May 2019). I blame my older brothers for teaching me. I blame my parents for allowing me. I blame my wife for turning a blind eye. I blame my children for continuing the tradition. I do not blame myself […]

Backyard Croak It (preview)

December 24, 2018


‘Nice to be in the final Big Issue of 2018 (and the first of 2019) with a little yarn about the perils of a Pomeranian pet being on the field during backyard cricket. Edition 577. 26 December 2018 to 10 January 2019. Available from your local vendor for $9. Cheers.  

Stamp Duty

September 20, 2015


This story was first published in the Australian edition of The Big Issue (#485 29 May – 11 June 2015) MY BROTHER rings. Out of the blue. From interstate, where he’s lived more than half his life. “I’ve been tidying the garage,” he says with a quiet enthusiasm, “and I’ve found your old stamp albums.” […]

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 […]

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, […]

Thirteen pegs

November 28, 2012


Mum always said that if you have twelve nappies to hang you only need thirteen pegs. I guess you could never have enough pegs if you had washing for six children. And now every peg is a memory. The first pegs are for memories before my time, memories that one can only imagine, conjured from […]