Broken Rules, news

A couple of pieces of good news today. Broken Rules and Other Stories is now available from the Transit Lounge website, here, and from Readings, here. The official release date is 1 September, so this is an early opportunity to get hold of a copy of the book. It’s nice to know it’s finally out there after COVID-19 forced a reschedule from May. And an online launch has been set up with Readings for Monday 14 September at 6:30PM. Their online events usually last around 30 to 40 minutes, and are conducted on Zoom. Short and sweet, very relaxed, and … Continue reading Broken Rules, news

Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards 2020

I joined Ellen van Neerven, Carly Findlay, Clem Bastow, and Andy Jackson on the judging panel for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards. The results were announced last night at an online ceremony hosted by Emilie Zoey Baker. Andy revealed the five category winners, and Lord Mayor Sally Capp announced the overall winner. It was a treat to hear Emilie perform a poem at the end of the event. Results and further info can be found at the Libraries section of the City of Melbourne website, here. Congratulations to all shortlisted and winning writers. I thoroughly enjoyed working and … Continue reading Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards 2020

Broken Rules and Other Stories | Transit Lounge, September 2020

From derelict industrial districts, to a lonely highway diner, to the faded charm of a British seaside resort, these are stories of growing up marginalised and living in working-class England and Australia. There are just over two months to go now until the release of Broken Rules and Other Stories (Transit Lounge). A new title for a new season. I’m looking forward to it. Why not check out the details at the Transit Lounge website, here. If it looks like it might be your cup of tea, I’d love you to add it to your September reading list. The book … Continue reading Broken Rules and Other Stories | Transit Lounge, September 2020

Front of the House

Look at him working. The way he smiles at every customer. He’s impeccable. But when he goes to his room at the back, at the side of the kitchen, the smile is gone. He sips clear liquor from a teacup, mutters under his breath, and watches everything through the round glass in the top of the door. When he sees a new customer, he’s out to greet them, bounding over, showing them to a table. Then, as he bows slightly, backing away, he gestures to a waiter to bring menus, water. He returns to his room, sits down, stares through … Continue reading Front of the House