So, at the last minute, Scottie our PM, graciously bestows his benevolence upon his subjects: a bulk fire-fighting package. We're talking: $$$, aircraft and personnel, all dispensed without any consultation or planning. Thousands of untrained army reserves promised ---...

January 2, 2020

“Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turn’d / 

Nor hell a fury like a woman scorn’d.” - William Congreve

Brandishing the newspaper, Medea swept down Melbourne’s grungy Gertrude Street on that hot sticky December morning. She could think of a lot of things she’d like t...

A Winter Selection of Short Stories

On Saturday October 12th, the Belgian Beer Cafe at Southbank set the scene. Storytellers from the Melbourne World Writers' Collective took the spotlight and story-loving enthusiasts came along to celebrate our great new anthology.  


September 22, 2019


“Another child abducted. This time murdered. They found her in the woods. Been interfered with. And those others, one stuffed down a well and another in a cupboard. Awful. Imagine doing that to them,” the paper rustled violently in their grandmother’s hands.


September 1, 2019


At age three, in a secret corner, your small hands danced out magical stories. Things went missing — your sister’s favourite toy, a favourite family photo… your treasures…

            Crouching low, I tapped lightly on your whitened k...

July 28, 2019

Our new city-shiny butcher is a rabid self-promoter, conning the locals into sampling the specials he touts: quality cuts, treats for dogs.

            A fleshy-faced ‘ranga’ of Anglo-Celtic background, he thinks he’ll fit in up here in our small Victorian community, fa...

June 19, 2019

You leaned over me, something concealed behind your back. I looked at the floor, tears blurring my vision.

            “I’m so, so sorry,” you said, thrusting a small succulent towards me, its delicate pink phallic tip drooping....

“We are all visitors to this time, this place.  We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.” - Aboriginal proverb.


April 3, 2019

Will Jamie and Frances' relationship go up like Guy Fawkes?  or

Will they rise above it?

                                                    IN THE NET...

March 20, 2019

How about this?  For April / May, try writing a Flash Fiction piece of 100 words. We’ll go longer after this. Too many of these micro-shorts can addle the writer but they are great discipline. 

The aim is to delight, to chip out a sculpture from a lump of stone.  

You ca...

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