‘Tender’ brings together 60 non-fiction stories I’ve written, mostly over the last five years. They have previously been published in Australian magazines and newspapers but here they appear in themed chapters – all in one lovely-to-hold-in-your-hand book. Chapter headings include Non-anxious presence, Neighbourhood, Oscar-the-ten-dollar-dog, Death and Sorrow, Creatures and Creation, Shining. People keen to purchase ‘Tender’ as a gift for people who mother the world can order ahead for delivery by Mothers Day (May 12). My friend the poet Pádraig Ó Tuama will launch the book on May 11 at 2pm in Sydney Road Brunswick, scroll down a few posts for the open invitation.