- ‘The Geography of Loss’ in Seizure: Crime issue 5, May 2013, pp. 36-40. An elderly woman knows she is growing forgetful, but where is James, her cartographer husband? And what is the home-care worker hiding?
To Matthew AdamsReturn to Sender’ in Etchings: Three Chords and the Truth issue 11, February 2013, pp. 67-72: A story about young love and a few other things. Here is a pdf, with the generous permission of Ilura Press.
- ‘Not Here, Not in Our Town’ in Mascara Literary Review issue 11, May 2012: I wrote about the slow coming together of ideas for this story in a 2011 post.
- ‘The Waiting
’ at Verity La 6 April 2012: A vignette on guilt and longing, and on purposeful waiting as a kind of lived repentance. It was written in 2005 but I came across it again recently and so sent it off.
- ‘Light Dance’ in Seizure Fictions, 7 August 2014. An experimental memoir that’s a riff on W. G. Sebald’s phrase, ‘On every new thing lies the shadow of annihilation’, and touches on dancing plagues, white dwarfs and death by butterflies.
- ‘An Uneasy Alliance’ in Kill Your Darlings issue 18, July 2o14, pp. 57-69: What ancient myths and murals of grinding stones and shields, tool-toting chimpanzees and a science fiction motif are all trying to tell us. (!) I’ve really got my geek on in this one. Read extract.
- ‘Desert Whales and a Fishing Village’ in Meanjin issue 72, no. 4, December 2013, pp. 86-93: A travel essay about some whale fossils that rest in a desert in Arequipa, and the fisherpeople who live right by them. You might remember I posted about travelling to Lomas, and about writing the first draft of the essay, in 2012.
- ‘Red Dog’ in Griffith Review Online: What is Australia for? issue 36, May 2012: Part appraisal of the movie, part personal essay, this looks at Red Dog’s portrayal of Australian identity. It’s also about the comfort of family stories and about the rupture when children realise their parents are fallible human beings. The process of writing this piece spurred a 2011 post.
- ‘Untying the Tongue: The Elusive Art of Interpreting’ in Kill Your Darlings issue 6, July 2011, pp. 71-79. Also broadcast on Radio National’s First Person, 18 November 2011; you can listen to it: A personal essay that considers cross-cultural communication and the identity of the interpreter, as well as taking a look at one historic interpreter, La Malinche. Read extract.
- ‘García’s Peru’ in Inside Story, 21 July 2o1o: A piece of sociopolitical commentary that I felt compelled to write after governmental actions went from concerning to worse. These actions seemed to be following a pattern and reminded me of an observation made by Peruvian historian Cecilia Méndez G., which I hadn’t understood at the time of reading but which had resonated, somehow. Now, it made perfect, frightening sense.
- ‘Peru’s Heartbeat’ in HEAT 20: Plain Vanilla Futures, Spring 2009, pp.193-202: A personal essay anchored by the Afro-Peruvian wooden drum known as the cajón, which gave me the chance to write about my love of dancing festejo, and about the wonderful people who took me in in Chincha, Peru. Read extract. (This piece warranted a mention in James Bradley’s exploration of literary journals for the Australian, ‘Growing Content‘.)
- ‘The Melancholia of Happy Endings’ in harvest issue 2, Spring/Summer 2008, pp. 13-17: A memoir piece on the loss of self that is an inevitable part of relocating to another country, culture and language, and on the guilt and responsibilities that come with being the reason for that relocation.
Very occasionally I write criticism, some of which can be found by following the links below.
- ‘An Elegant Young Man by Luke Carman’ in Mascara Literary Review, issue 15, May 2014
- ‘Transactions by Ali Alizadeh’ in Mascara Literary Review, issue 14, December 2013
- ‘Reaching One Thousand by Rachel Robertson’ at Liticism, Crikey, 29 June 2012
- ‘Burning Bright by Caroline Caddy’ in Heat Poetry Online, 8 November 2011
- ‘A Love Letter from a Stray Moon by Jay Griffiths’ at The Killings Blog, 19 July 2011
- ‘Other Stories by Wayne Macauley’ at LiteraryMinded, Crikey, 2 December 2010
- ‘Light Boxes by Shane Jones’ at LiteraryMinded, Crikey, 7 October 2010
- ‘How a Moth Becomes a Boat by Josephine Rowe’ at LiteraryMinded, Crikey, 18 July 2010