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Broken Rules and Other Stories

Thanks to everyone who’s supported Broken Rules and Other Stories this year. Whether you read the collection, for work or pleasure or both, or it’s on your to-read list, or if you simply visited this website, it represents a donation of time, one of our most precious resources, and I appreciate it. There’s more info on the book at the Transit Lounge website. While you’re there, why not browse through the other titles on their list, including those lined up for release in 2021. You can buy Broken Rules from Readings and many other bookstores in Australia. Most will post … Continue reading Broken Rules and Other Stories

Radio Times

The first November edition of Vision Australia Radio’s Cover to Cover will feature two short stories from my new book Broken Rules and Other Stories (Transit Lounge, 2020). Tim McQueen will read ‘Playful Arrangements’ and ‘Broken Rules’ on the Friday 6 November show. The program will be rebroadcast on Sunday 8 November, and made available as a podcast shortly after that. Vision Australia Radio is available on the airwaves in Australia. The station’s reach has increased, and Cover to Cover also welcomes Launceston, Devonport, Hobart, Darwin, and Perth to its on-air audience. Broadcast times differ depending on location, so it’s … Continue reading Radio Times

Cover to Cover | Episode 339

Last week’s edition of Cover to Cover is now available as a podcast. Episode 339 featured readings of ‘Their Cruel Routines’ and ‘The Americans’ from Broken Rules and Other Stories (Transit Lounge, 2020). Thanks to producer Tim McQueen for devoting an entire show to stories from the collection, and for reading them from his temporary home studio. The podcast is available on Spotify, as well as from the Vision Australia Radio website. An MP3 file of the recording is here. Happy listening! Cover to Cover is a production of Vision Australia Radio in Melbourne. Find out more about the work … Continue reading Cover to Cover | Episode 339

Short Is Sweet

In the end it is the mystery that lasts and not the explanation. Sacheverell Sitwell, For Want of the Golden City A few months ago a friend recommended I read a short story by the English writer Robert Aickman. ‘The Real Road to the Church’ is in the collection Cold Hand in Mine (1975), and my friend wanted to discuss the story with me. And so I abandoned the novel I’d been reading, and have been enthusiastically devouring Aickman’s “strange stories” since then. Last week I was asked why I’m drawn to writing short fiction. I talked about the form … Continue reading Short Is Sweet

The Repeat

If like me you missed yesterday’s edition of Vision Australia Radio’s Cover to Cover, there’s another chance to catch it today at 1:30PM (AEST) on the radio in Australia or online wherever you are in the world. This week’s program features two short stories from my book Broken Rules and Other Stories: listen to Tim McQueen reading Overland VU Short Story Prize winner ‘Their Cruel Routines’, and be transported to bygone English seaside summers with ‘The Americans’. The program will shortly be released as a podcast. A reminder that VAR podcasts are now available on Spotify, as well as in … Continue reading The Repeat