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.
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:
The latest issue of Roomers magazine is out 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.
For more information on the Roomers project: http://www.roomers.org.au/about/
‘Chloe gazed back, took him in. His eyes, amber, liquid, and deep, were those of an artist. Despite the bravado of liquor, the earlier mirth with his friend, she saw that the boy was troubled, a soldier uncertain, unskilled in dissembling, and powerless to control the play of emotions across his face.’
This Friday at 8:00 PM (AEST), Vision Australia Radio is broadcasting a special edition of Cover To Cover to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. The entire program features work from the Elwood Writers. Join us as Jennifer reads an extract from her novel set just after World War I, […]
Just a reminder that if, like me, you weren’t able to tune into this week’s Cover To Cover from Vision Australia Radio on Friday evening, there’ll be another chance to catch the program this afternoon at 1:30PM (AEST). Join the team as they read stories by writers from all over the world, including The House In The Sky by me.
As usual, you can listen on the radio in Australia, or online from anywhere in the world. Details and streaming links here: https://radio.visionaustralia.org/
And if you miss this opportunity to listen, a podcast of the program will be available shortly.
Cover To Cover is produced and presented by Tim McQueen in the studios of Vision Australia Radio in Melbourne.