Observations

Staying with the trouble

‘Staying with the trouble’, the story of my meeting with Two Pied Oyster Catchers is now published in Dumbo Feather online Two Pied Oyster Catchers It is wintertime. My friends and I are rugged against the cold in beanies, scarves and jackets. Sheltering between boulders  we are protected .The wind blusters around us at Mimosa …

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‘Tender’ reviewed. Author happy.

Andrew Hamilton is consulting editor at Eureka Street and has written a review of my new collection, Tender, stories that lean into kindness. I feel honoured by his reading and placement of the book within a larger tradition. You can go to the review here.

Conversations in conflicted times

“Probably people know the room is going to be discussing something of division. Presumably people have a predictable set of outcomes in their mind. “I bet you this group or this person will say the following thing.” And they might even have their responses primed and prepared for the thing that they’re predicting. I’m always interested in how we find the courage in the room for something unexpected and surprising to be said.” Pádraig Ó Tuama

James and the four eggs

Very glad to see this story of mine in Eureka Street. Enjoy! From the tops of tall trees in the middle distance, sulphur crested cockatoos take long swooping glides with their solid-looking wings — feathers with heft. The brilliant white of the cockies slices the blue sweep of the sky. As they come closer, landing …

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