Colours

When he’s nostalgic, it’s pale blue like seaside cottages. Circling seagulls in morning harbours, old-fashioned cream cakes, the damp wood of rickety beach-huts. Ease is liquid green, like late summer afternoons. The lazy buzz of insects in settled heat, the sweet anticipation of the evening ahead. Anxious is the colour of commuters in a cold rush of urgency. It’s frantic, the sound of doors closing on a crowded train, the smells and tastes and harsh fabrics of commerce. Continue reading Colours

FAQs for the online launch

Originally posted on Elwood Writers:
As we look ahead excitedly to Wednesday evening’s online launch of Every Second Tuesday, here’s a few frequently asked questions pertaining to the event. How much does it cost?It’s completely free, though you need to register to ensure you’ll receive the special Zoom link on the day of the event. This link will be emailed by Readings about an hour before the event starts. I love free things. Where do I get my ticket?You can book your ticket here. For more info on the event, click here. I booked a ticket weeks ago, but now… Continue reading FAQs for the online launch

Book Launch Invitation

Originally posted on Elwood Writers:
We are delighted to have the Elwood Writers group – Jennifer Bryce, Margaret McCaffrey, Helen McDonald and Barry Lee Thompson – join us online to discuss?Every Second Tuesday. A new anthology of poetry, fiction and memoir, this kaleidoscope of stories spans the globe from the trenches of France in World War One to a dystopian Australia, via contemporary Harlem and the streets of northern England. The Elwood Writers will chat about their book and their group with award-winning local author Lee Kofman. Elwood Writers in conversation | Wed 9 Dec 2020 at 6:30pm from the… Continue reading Book Launch Invitation

The Doves

The doves don’t fly away anymore. Whenever I return to the house, which is also home, they don’t even move away, not in the slightest, but continue to mooch about the front yard, unconcerned. It pleases me that they’re no longer wary of me. But I wondered today if perhaps I’m not really there. If, perhaps, I’ve simply become a ghost, and that’s why they no longer fly away, because there’s nothing to fly from. Continue reading The Doves

Stories on the Wireless

Originally posted on Barry Lee Thompson:
Next week’s Cover to Cover on Vision Australia Radio will feature stories from my recently released book Broken Rules and Other Stories. Listen to ‘Their Cruel Routines’ and ‘The Americans’ on the radio in Australia or online anywhere in the world with an internet connection. The program will be available as a podcast after broadcast. Cover to Cover, Friday 23 October at 8:00PM (repeated Sunday 25 October at 1:30PM). For more information on this and other Vision Australia Radio programs, and to find handy online listening links, go to the VAR website, here. Cover… Continue reading Stories on the Wireless