Split

Split

Split lip, split up, split the difference, split it down the middle — that’s what they did. Hugh convinced the judge to give him half the house. I was gutted. Sat in that cold courtroom and imagined our Queenslander with a ‘For Sale’ sign, prospective buyers tramping...

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SHORT STORY: 49 is a dangerous age

SHORT STORY: 49 is a dangerous age

A week before her forty-ninth birthday Frankie found herself gripping the rough wooden handle of a Tarzan swing high above a waterhole, wondering if it was such a good idea after all. The deep pool below looked a long way down. She’d watched her young nieces and...

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SHORT STORY:  Maggots

SHORT STORY: Maggots

Most school days, I’d arrive home on the hot afternoons with perspiration trickling down my legs and back. I’d run the cold tap for several seconds to drain away the hot water from the pipes and pour  a big glass of tepid, refreshing water. Whirring, banging and...

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SHORT STORY: Mum and the orange juice

SHORT STORY: Mum and the orange juice

My mother was not one to suffer fools gladly. She had a caustic sense of humour and when she uttered one of her frequent sharp comments, Dad would say, ‘Ah, there she goes again with that Irish sense of humour.’ Mum was an observer of people and though she was not one...

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On the persistence of poetry: a true confession

On the persistence of poetry: a true confession

Covid-19 has a lot to answer for but one of its most remarkable side effects has been a tsunami of poetry that has emerged from the epidemic lockdowns. Award winning poet and author, Steven Herrick says: "I blame the recent lockdowns for my inbox being crowded with...

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Flying Fish Point

Flying Fish Point

My earliest memories are of deep red earth and horned black beetles with spiky feet that clung to my fingertips. In the late sixties in Far North Queensland, Christmas beetles shone like baubles and cane toads leapt up the front steps onto the verandah of the family...

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They’re not stupid girls

They’re not stupid girls

 ‘Maybe if I act like that, that guy will call me back, What a paparazzi girl, I don’t wanna be a stupid girl, Baby if I act like that, flipping my blonde hair back, Push up my bra like that, I don’t wanna be a stupid girl.’ In the video clip for her song Stupid Girls...

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A beautifully ordinary life

A beautifully ordinary life

Getting to know a man who fulfilled most of his dreams and died with few regrets and bathed in love made me question the value of chasing great heights in my career. All my life, I wanted to be famous. When people asked child-me what I wanted to be when I grew up, the...

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