White Crosses

Day ends at the Addison Road Community Organisation. Gurwinder starts to take the chairs from the road, leaving only the white crosses that now mark out the social distance needs of our times…

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Living in the Time of Dylan

I believe we are in the Time of Dylan as much as the Time of COVID-19, and that maybe the former will be remembered as much as the latter.

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Food Pantry Banjo Ballad #1

The words of the songs take on the strange timeless energy of old storytelling that needs repeating, and hard-won wisdoms that need to get won again…

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My Feminine Side

I wrote the short story ‘My Feminine Side’ in the early 1990s. It was published in a book collection called Men Love Sex, edited by Alan Close, who did a really great job of pulling all these male writers together to reflect on the book subjects as frankly advertised. Among them were John Birmingham, Robert Drewe, Peter Carey, Frank Moorhouse, Damien Lovelock, Matthew Condon, John Dale and Archie Weller to name a few. It was published by Random House Australia and very well-reviewed. I have always been surprised it never got a republication. It seemed innovative to me at the time, and fearless in its way. My story was really not much more than a diary note, a raw and naive document I seemed to just throw down as it was, but I still like it…

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Rebranding Sunrise

Must have been channeling something special when I wrote this piece on the axing of Melissa Doyle from Sunrise in July 2013. Somehow I reimagined co-host Kochie as some kind of psychedelic Godfather figure of the infotainment Age. Reads to me like genius now. Acid news still might work its magic as an angle… an idea ahead of its time!

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