The old house has creaky bones and shifts on its timber stumps when the southerly winter winds creep around the eaves. Inside rooms between deep verandahs and central hallway, the dolls huddle on dusty shelves. Glazed eyes wobble behind glass cases, porcelain limbs clutching flags of different nations. The material, faded where the sunlight slides, […]


Eveline stamps her feet impatiently on the concrete steps, dislodging damp grass, her shins tingling. Daddy has promised her a morning with the beautiful ones, the ladies with the pale faces and ringlet hair done up in bows and bonnets. They whispered to her from rosebud mouths, the faintest swipe of rose petal hued paint […]

I – THE ART OF HORSES & II – MORE HORSE TYPES (16-February-2013)

Back on a wet Saturday afternoon in February, my daughter suggested I write something on her favourite topic: ‘Horses’! Here are the two 100-word stories that had their first public reading yesterday when I shared them with the Bangalow Writer’s Group. I am happy that the meeting facilitator, Simone, only newly exposed to this format, […]