We Need to Talk (microfiction)

To celebrate the introduction of 280-character Tweets by Twitter, Meanjin Quarterly ran a microfiction competition. The “@Meanjin Twiction” rules were simple, tweet a 280-character story and include the hashtag #meanjin280! The prize? The top ten stories to be published on the Meanjin Blog the following week and the authors paid $1 a word.  Continue ReadingWe Need to Talk (microfiction)

Their Finest by Lissa Evans

It was a warm, lazy afternoon at home last Sunday and I took advantage of it to sprawl on my sofa and finish reading Their Finest by Lissa Evans (originally published as Their Finest Hour and a Half). 

I started reading the book after seeing the film, also titled Their Finest, a British period comedy-drama about the making of a propaganda film and life on the home front under The Blitz during the Second World War.   Continue ReadingTheir Finest by Lissa Evans

Nevil Shute by Richard Thorn

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I commented on Facebook recently (5th September 2017) that with all the bleak news on North Korea and brinksmanship by Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, I thought I’d dust off and re-read my old second-hand bookshop copy of Nevil Shute’s On the Beach … to prepare for the worst, just in case! Continue ReadingNevil Shute by Richard Thorn

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Mileva Maric was the first wife of Albert Einstein. She was a Serbian physicist, the only woman among Einstein’s fellow students at Zürich’s Polytechnic, and was the second woman to finish a full program of study at the Department of Mathematics and Physics. Continue ReadingThe Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Microfiction Dream

I once had a dream that was so real and intense it reminded me of the Chinese Philosopher, Chuang Chou, who dreamed he was a “butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, a veritable butterfly, enjoying itself to the full of its bent, and not knowing it was Chuang Chou”. When he awoke and came to himself, Chuang Chou said no longer knew whether he had dreamed he was a butterfly or whether he was now a butterfly dreaming he was a man! Continue ReadingMicrofiction Dream

Sweeties by Leon Silver

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One “ordinary Monday morning”, the stories protagonist, 67-year-old Abel Marvin, suffers a heart attack while swimming his regular laps. But before death takes Abel, the spirit of a white-clad nurse appears and announces: “You can’t exit yet, mate, have you given a full account of yourself?” and Sweeties proceeds in dreamlike fashion to replay the key events his life. Continue ReadingSweeties by Leon Silver