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Readings on the deck, Thursday February 21

February 14, 2019

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A note from my local library, folks… Homegrown Hobsons Bay writers Vin Maskell, Lucia Nardo, Joyce Butcher and Carolyn Morwood discuss the impact of place to engage, to inform, to shock and to shape. Is it really location, location, location for both the writer and the reader? Join us for this Special Readings on the […]

The Final Quarter

September 24, 2018

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Here, in full, is The Final Quarter, first published in The Big Issue (#570, 7 – 20 September 2018). Your local vendor may still have some back issues. (So to speak.)   Leonard Cohen probably never kicked an Australian Rules football but I know what he meant when he sang “I ache in the places […]

The Final Quarter (preview)

September 9, 2018

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It’s been a while since I’ve written for The Big Issue Australia. The Final Quarter is another footy story but it quotes Leonard Cohen at the start: “I ache in the places where I used to play”. Find your local vendor and ask for the latest edition, # 570. Cheers  

Water talk

November 13, 2017

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We stood talking in the water. Waist deep. 6.30am. Saturday. I’d just managed 100 metres in the shallows without drowning. He was about to do an easy 1500. Probably more. I was heading into shore. He was heading into the deep. We stood talking in the water. Common humanity. He farewelled me with ‘See you […]

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 […]