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Keeping score

July 19, 2013


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


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


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 […]

Stop the presses

July 30, 2012


The Big Issue has just published Stop the presses, a story about working in the old Age building as a Census data-processor. Meanwhile, the Fairfax empire was crumbling, or re-creating itself. Here’s an extract: Near my data-processing desk was a fading imprint in the carpet of ICPOTA (an acronym for ‘In The Classified Pages of […]

Tell tale signs

June 7, 2012


A chance encounter on a suburban street leads to reflection about how things change – and what gets left behind. She grew up in a lolly-shop near the train station. She used to run with the harriers. She almost drowned at the local beach. We are standing on a footpath next to a dusty demolition […]

The fallen woman

November 5, 2011


The Big Issue has just published The Fallen Woman. Here’s an excerpt: The young woman with the baby walked over to the petrol bowsers and tore white paper from a dispenser. The middle-aged woman wrapped it around the fallen woman’s hand: around a ring or two. There wasn’t too much blood now. More on the […]