Roomers #66 | Winter 2019

Roomers #66 Winter 2019
Reading, WRiting and Roomers

Winter 2019’s edition of Roomers magazine – Reading, WRiting and Roomers – is available now. My short stories ‘Ernie’ and ‘The Writer’ are included in this issue.

If you’d like to read the magazine but can’t get hold of a print copy, it’s available to download, along with past issues, here.

More information on the Roomers project is available here.

Cover To Cover, 7 and 9 June 2019


My short story The Birthday will be read by Mike Cannon on Vision Australia Radio’s Cover To Cover literary program tomorrow evening at 8 o’clock, repeated at 1:30 on the Sunday afternoon edition.

You can tune into the program on the radio in Australia, or hear it online from anywhere in the world. Details here.

Happy listening, wherever you are.

Cover To Cover is produced in the studios of Vision Australia Radio in Melbourne.

On the Airwaves


Next week, Vision Australia Radio gives us another chance to listen to a favourite Cover To Cover program from its recent archives. A reading of one of my short stories is included. Broadcast times are Friday 7 June at 8:00 pm, repeated 1:30 pm on Sunday 9 June.

This post was edited to correct the date of the Sunday repeat broadcast from 2 to 9 June.

Just Martin


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


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