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The Eastern Shore

January 23, 2020

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Here is a slightly longer version of The Eastern Shore, first published in The Big Issue #603, 10-23 January 2020.   IT WAS the summer he swam from the eastern shore of the small suburban beach. Not that he ever swam very far. One hundred metres maybe. Rarely beyond the points of the basalt groynes […]

The Eastern Shore (preview)

January 10, 2020

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The Big Issue has just published The Eastern Shore, a story about a restless summer. You’ll find the story in edition #603, which also has stories about Ash Barty, Beck, the Kelly Gang, Tim Winton, James Dean, and the marvellous book Places We Swim. You’ll find The Big Issue via a local vendor or by […]

Talking table-tennis (preview)

August 23, 2019

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The Big Issue has just published a fun piece about table-tennis, written a few months ago to work my way out of a creative drought. I am laying face-down on the physio bench talking table-tennis with the intern, Dan. (Or is it Dane, or Dean or Dave? It’s hard to put a face to a […]

My Highs, My Lows

May 3, 2019

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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 […]

My Highs, My Lows (preview)

April 18, 2019

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The Big Issue has just published My Highs, My Lows – a light-hearted look at my life-long relationship with a certain cold chocolate beverage.

Leap of faith

December 2, 2018

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Here is Leap of faith, first published in The Big Issue #575 (16 Nov to 2 Dec 2018).   It was the Christmas I fell down the steps outside the church. It wasn’t a typical church. It was a room within a beach-house owned by a priest. Or perhaps his archdiocese. (Priests are sworn to […]