Cloudstreet by Tim Winton – Omen or Inspiration?

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In May of 1992, the local literary news in Australia was all about Tim Winton and his novel, Cloudstreet. I thought it an omen. Winton was thirty-one-years old and I was thirty. He’d grown up in Western Australia and so had I. He’d just won his second Miles Franklin Award and I was about to have a second crack at being a writer!  Continue ReadingCloudstreet by Tim Winton – Omen or Inspiration?

Mona Lisa Smile

A faded photo of my dad from the 1970s inspired this microfiction. He had a faraway look in his eyes and a Mona Lisa smile on his much younger face. As art lovers have done for centuries with Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, I wondered what was on my dad’s mind when the photo was taken? Continue ReadingMona Lisa Smile

Large Print Editions

After watching the movie versions of Their Finest by Lissa Evans and The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman, I was pleased to track down the books in my local library. The librarian, however, quizzed me with an arched eyebrow, “They are large print editions, is that okay?” Continue ReadingLarge Print Editions

What Books Are You Reading

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The Writer’s Circle asked on Facebook the other day, What book are you currently reading? I’m currently reading three books – along with a few others I’ll probably have to take to my grave to finish! Continue ReadingWhat Books Are You Reading

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

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A pleasant memory from 2013 popped up in my Facebook timeline the other day. It was a comment I’d made in response to a post by the Sydney Writers’ Festival on a “fantastic find” in Sappho Books, Glebe, a treasured secondhand copy of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox.  Continue ReadingFantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

The Last Book That Made You Cry

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On the 16th August 2017, Penguin Books Australia asked a question on Facebook: What is the last book that made you cry? The question was couched in terms of tears of joy or sadness, but I could only think of books that had made me cry. And here are my top three tear jerkers!  Continue ReadingThe Last Book That Made You Cry

Microfiction Dream

Microfiction Dream - Under the Sea

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

Sweeties by Leon Silver

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