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Best on Ground (preview)

August 5, 2014

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The Big Issue has just published Best on Ground, a story about intellectual disability football. It’s a 1200-word feature story, as opposed to a personal piece. It quotes a coach, an umpire, a parent and a league president. Like my other footy stories, it’s not really about footy.  Photos are by Big Issue editor Alan […]

A Life Aquatic (preview)

February 7, 2014

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The Big Issue has just published A Life Aquatic, a light yarn about a notion: to swim every day for a year. Outdoors. Here’s an extract: But trouble lay ahead. Trouble called mountains. Trouble called a river that was too shallow and too dirty. Trouble called a waterfall that was too deep and too rocky. […]

Visiting George (preview)

December 7, 2013

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The Big Issue has just published Visiting George, about visiting a neighbour in a nursing home earlier this year. The non-fiction story is part of The Big Issue Christmas Edition, which features a short piece of fiction by  Scottish author Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting). Here’s an extract from Visiting George: A young bloke bought George’s old […]

Keeping score

July 19, 2013

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Many thanks to The Big Issue, which has just published Keeping score, a light yarn about scoreboards. You would think that having blogged weekly about scoreboards since February 2011 and having written a 3000 word piece for Footy Town back in January that I wouldn’t have much more to say about scoreboards. But Big Issue […]

Colour by numbers (preview)

May 9, 2013

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The Big Issue has just published ‘Colour by numbers’, a story about an itinerant, resourceful man. Here’s an excerpt: Fifteen years ago a blond teenage boy knocked on my door, holding a bucket, some sponges and detergent. “Would you like me to wash your car?” he asked loudly. His voice seemed to echo down the […]

Crossing guards

September 22, 2012

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The Big Issue has just published Crossing guards, in which I blow the whistle on life as a school-crossing supervisor here in Melbourne. Here’s an extract: There is no shortage of delightful moments at the crossing. A ginger-haired grade-four boy bounces his basketball across, weaving expertly between kids and parents. A kindergarten boy wearing a […]