Story excerpt ‘Those last days of summer’



That summer stretched yearlong and we were always giving birth. We tried to make a game of it at first — taking turns in the narrow cells and pitching our cries like songs but towards the end we were either just fat or skin. The cells formed a long hall, lit sixteen hours a day and always the same: a fearsome golden light coming from the roof; particles of skin floating through the air, in our throats, our faces; the sisters above us and the sisters below. We were all born to the cell and none of us, not our mothers or their mothers before that, really knew if there was anything but the slanting cage floor, our cellmates, the heat.

Download the rest of this story at Co-respond, a collaboration between artists and writers at SEVENTH gallery. ‘Those last days of summer’ was written in response to Jade Burstall’s amazing video work ‘Trading Futures’ (pictured).

Slow canoe

I’ll be reading my short story ‘Like no one is watching’ on Friday night 20 July  at The Slow Canoe readings alongside Paddy O’Reilly, Chris Womersley, Kevin Brophy and Laura Maitland reading Bruno Schulz. What a night! Come down at 7pm Friday 20 July, Schoolhouse Studios, 97 Nicholson St Abbotsford, in the old technical college building. Look for the posters!

La Mama poetica! Tonight!


I’m reading this eve (Monday 16 July, 8pm) at La Mama Poetica‘s

featuring warming winter words from
Myron Lysenko
Laura Jean McKay
Julie Beveridge
Graham Nunn

Special Guest DJ – Lapkat

Monday 16 July, 8pm sharp
at La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday St, Carlton
Bookings 9347 6142
$12.00 / $8.00

Geek Mook


The Geek Mook is being launched at 6pm for 6.30pm start, 13 July 2012 at Bella Union, cnr Lygon and Victoria St, Carlton VIC 3053. For my story ‘Dog Star’, I looked up and found my geek in the stars.

The launch of this wonderful Mook is set to go off like a pen without a pocket protector!