Fiction · Short Fiction

“Marilyn’s Feast”: Review of Australian Fiction

It’s lovely to have a new piece of fiction published. It’s been a long time. Check out the latest issue of Review of Australian Fiction, Volume 19, Issue 4, for my short story: “Marilyn’s Feast.” Thanks to Inga Simpson for partnering with me. Subscribe now to support Australian fiction, only $2.99 per issue: Marilyn’s Feast (preview)… Continue reading “Marilyn’s Feast”: Review of Australian Fiction

Essay · Fiction

Dollarbirds

1 24 March Early Wednesday morning my sister drives me to the private hospital. My name’s called in the waiting room and I’m led through double doors, shown into a small office. A vivacious nurse questions me about fasting, allergies, former operations. I’m weighed, ‘so they give you the right amount of anaesthetic,’ and handed… Continue reading Dollarbirds

Fiction · Short Fiction

The Zoological Vertebrate Laboratory

The Zoological Vertebrate Laboratory Jan listens patiently as I explain the difficulty I’m having trying to turn the body of the black-shouldered kite inside out. She digs her scalpel into a square of foam and places her large, knowing hands over the head of the juvenile bird, smoothing the russet-tipped crown feathers. ‘You’ve done a good… Continue reading The Zoological Vertebrate Laboratory

Fiction · Short Fiction

Golden Bowerbird

An adult male ring-tailed possum lay across the footpath, a knot of hair protruding from its anus, tail stiff with rigor mortis. Its eyes were glossy, its tongue fat and pink, fresh blood glistening along the top edge. Ingrid checked her watch. There was still time. She’d just set out and was cold, but her… Continue reading Golden Bowerbird