Browsing All posts tagged under »Williamstown«

Between a rock and a rifle range

February 23, 2016

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‘The foreshore is bleak and desolate with a beauty not at once obvious…’ The Age, 1990 I am sitting on a rock 300 metres from shore. The tide is out. The rock protrudes from the water. Behind me is Port Phillip Bay and beyond that, well beyond, is Bass Strait and then Tasmania. Ahead of […]

On the Rock (preview)

February 12, 2016

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The Big Issue has just published On the Rock, a story about snorkelling, a summer sanctuary, and a former rifle range. The wetsuit is armour of a sort. The earplugs too. They keep the water out, but also the murmur of nearby traffic: not just cars and trucks and trains, but the traffic of life […]

Stereo and other Stories 2016

February 1, 2016

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Greetings dear reader, Creative conundrum: my busyness with Stereo Stories these past two years has run parallel with me writing less stories about the beach and the family and sport and suburbia. Has the need to think about staging, lighting, guest performers, set lists, running sheets, public liability, social media and heavens know what else […]

The novice

January 26, 2015

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Cricket and snorkelling leave you with plenty of time to ponder the big questions. Can I actually bowl? Can I bat? Am I breathing?

Taking flight

January 5, 2015

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This story was first published in The Big Issue (#474, 26 Dec 2014 to 8 Jan 2015) He tells me about the pigeons. Racing pigeons. He tells me about the nuns. Swimming nuns. He tells me about skin cancer, and marathons. He tells me about his pacemaker, and watching his daughter’s overseas wedding on Skype. […]

363 Swims

February 21, 2014

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This story was first published (as ‘A Life Aquatic’) in The Big Issue (#451, 7-20 Feb 2014) Wake, ride, swim. Wake, ride, swim. Wake, ride, swim. It seemed feasible. Maybe even worthwhile. Go for a short swim, just a dip really, 365 days in a row. At the small suburban beach a five minute bike […]