Interrupter on the wireless

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“And then lunch, and your winter desserts. Hot custard over steamed puddings. Home-baked. You never used much sugar. Bad for the teeth. And then Mummy’s comments. She always had something to say. ‘It could use a little more sugar, this dessert,’ and you’d tell her that maybe she could make dessert the next time. And that look again, across the table. Not in front of the boy.”

My short story Interrupter has been dramatised for broadcast on Cover To Cover on Vision Australia Radio on Friday 6 April, repeated Sunday 8 April. The program can be heard on the radio or online in Australia, and online in the rest of the world. Visit the Vision Australia Radio website for more info and a handy frequency finder.

Interrupter was published in pocketbook format in 2015 by In Short Publishing  Co.

Cover To Cover is VAR’s weekly literary program, produced and presented by Tim McQueen.

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Sydney Writers’ Festival 2018

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I’m delighted to be part of the line-up for this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival. For event information and to book tickets, visit the link below:

https://www.swf.org.au/writers/barry-lee-thompson/

The Cat Mesmerist, from Roomers #63

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“And the friend will ask what comes next now that the animal is held in place, is transfixed and bound by a strange spell. Kesh will say that the magic (and he’ll say this word shyly, because he still feels a little modest in this regard) only goes so far, only goes as far as has been shown, and that he has no idea of how to lift the animal from its trance.”

The Cat Mesmerist is included in the latest Roomers magazine. Issue #63: What’s your superpower? is available to download here.

Previous issues of Roomers can be downloaded here.

“Roomers: Leaping tall buildings in a single bound since 1996.”

Back To School

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“… this week’s edition of Cover To Cover on Vision Australia Radio looks at aspects of school life both inside and beyond the gates …”

Elwood Writers

It’s almost time for Australian schools to reopen after the long summer holiday, and this week’s edition of Cover To Coveron Vision Australia Radio looks at aspects of school life both inside and beyond the gates. The program features poetry, memoir and fiction from the members of Elwood Writers, and will air on Friday evening at 8 o’clock on 1179 AM Melbourne.  For times where you are, check out the program guide here:
https://radio.visionaustralia.org/program-guides

There’s a frequency finder (if you’re in Australia) and a live streaming link (wherever you are in the world) here:
https://radio.visionaustralia.org/

If you’re not able to join us on Friday, the program will be repeated on Sunday, and will be available as a podcast shortly afterwards.

Happy listening!

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Chumi Falls Out | Tincture Journal, Issue Twenty

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“He went out for a walk. There was a group of ducks on the river, near the wetlands. One of the ducks swam towards him. He told it to fuck off, and it moved away. He sat on the edge of the river with his legs drawn up, hugging his knees. It was a warm morning, so he took off his shoes and socks. His socks were slightly damp where his problems had seeped out through the soles of his feet. He dangled his feet in the water. The ducks swam away, far from the slick of worry on the water.”

From my short story Chumi Falls Out, published in Issue Twenty of Tincture Journal (December 2017) and available from the Tincture website here.