Just Martin

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They’d been playing for most of the afternoon, despite the cold, but as soon as the light began to fade, their mothers began summoning them inside. Time for dinner. See you tomorrows were called with cheer as one by one they left the square, until eventually it was just Martin remaining. He watched the sky swell grand and purple, felt the cold turn piercing, and then made his way out of the square, back to the street, urban branches closing and tugging at his coat on the way. He emerged on the wrong side. The layout was strange and entrancing at this hour, and all roads lead home eventually, he’d been told, by someone at some time. And so he walked, passing long terraces of quiet houses, then he turned right because that felt right, then left because that felt right too.

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Adelaide Writers’ Week 2019

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I just arrived back from Writers’ Week 2019 in Adelaide (ADLWW). While I haven’t written anything (yet) about the trip myself (though there was plenty to write about), fellow Elwood Writer Jennifer and guest contributor Tony Thomas posted despatches from Adelaide at the Elwood Writers website, and their posts are shared below:


Elwood Writers at Adelaide Writers’ Week 2019: the first day

Adelaide Writers’ Week 2019: the second day

Adelaide Festival Writers’ Week 2019 | Guest post by Tony Thomas

What’s occurring?

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From Elwood Writers:

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2018 was an industrious and fruitful year for Elwood Writers. Among other events, we hosted and thoroughly enjoyed presenting our work at our first public soiree, in August at St Kilda Library, and in November provided the material for the Armistice Day Centenary edition of Cover To Cover on Vision Australia Radio.

We’ve more exciting group projects planned for 2019, kicking off with an excursion to Adelaide for Writers’ Week in March. We’re thrilled to have been invited to collaborate with Tim McQueen and the team at Cover To Cover for another themed program on Vision Australia Radio, and will post more about that closer to the time. Also in the pipeline is another soiree, possibly towards the end of the year.

And of course our individual projects continue, with material regularly workshopped within our fortnightly group meetings.

With so much going on and coming up, from time…

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Roomers #65 Summer 2018

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The latest issue of Roomers magazine is out now.

Roomers #65 | Summer 2018 | That Was Then, This Is Now.

Includes The Searing, a short story by me.

He pulls on swimming trunks, a loose shirt. His towel he grabs from the side of the bath, keys from the hallway, and he walks the five minutes to the sea wall. He’s nearly alone down there, it’s just gulls, two dogwalkers, a couple of noisy teenaged skinnydippers after an all-nighter. Prompted by their brazenness he also strips completely, spreads the towel along the base of the wall and lies.

Roomers #65 Summer 2018
That Was Then, This Is Now

For more information on the Roomers project: http://www.roomers.org.au/about/

Armistice Day Centenary edition of Cover To Cover, podcast

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Hear pieces from Elwood Writers, including my short story Chloe read by Tim McQueen, in the podcast of last week’s Cover To Cover from Vision Australia Radio:

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A podcast of last week’s Armistice Day edition of Vision Australia Radio’s Cover To Cover is now available at the link below:

https://varadio.podbean.com/e/cover-to-cover-9th-november-2018/

The program, broadcast Friday 9 November and repeated Sunday 11 November, marks the hundred years since the end of the First World War, and features work from Elwood Writers.

We hope you enjoy listening to the program.


Cover To Cover

is recorded in the studios of Vision Australia Radio in Melbourne.

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