The contract

(This story just turned up in my head the other day and wouldn't go away until I wrote it down.) He was up early and well gone to his work on the farm, as always. She found the envelope on the kitchen table, propped up against the tomato sauce bottle that was already attracting flies … Continue reading The contract

Jack and Jill and Brian

This piece was written for this month’s Blog Battle challenge of producing a piece from the prompt ‘harp’.   “We’re having a baby. It’s time you moved in.” Jack luxuriated in the warmth of Jill’s body and the completeness of her declaration. Jack was a positivist on a mission to complete a generative set. Jill … Continue reading Jack and Jill and Brian

A little bit louder then, a little bit softer now

This is a story that I read at a Tenx9 event, themed as The Road, at the Normanville Hotel on the Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia on Saturday August 24, 2019. Most of the cultural references will mean nothing to non-Australians and anyone under 50 but the assembled crowd seemed to enjoy it. For the … Continue reading A little bit louder then, a little bit softer now

The Ghost of Stable Road – A Children’s Story

Note: An earlier version of this story was written many years ago for my 'god-daughters'. Potential illustrators welcome.   The sky was as black as inside a chimney and it sent down buckets of rain. The wind went straight through your kidneys and blew the dog off its chain.   In bed slept Caitlin and … Continue reading The Ghost of Stable Road – A Children’s Story

I’ll know my song well before I start singing

Matt waited in the darkness of the verandah, his cheek against the stripped timber of the front door he'd meant to stain it one day. As he waited, Dee played the piano and sang at the end of the corridor, on the other side of the door. Sounded like an original. It suited her voice. … Continue reading I’ll know my song well before I start singing