I can hear everything inside my little heart // 17 Sep 2014

She held the pen precisely, with force, control. Her left hand is spread, holding down her diary’s fiddly, springy pages with their golden edges, fingerprints pushing on a well trodden spot. There were words above where she hovered, crossings-out, capitals, not cursive. Thoughts, perhaps, or more accurately, memories. Small pieces of a past that was … Continue reading

2013 Federal Election Campaign Diary

My take on 2013’s Australian Federal Election, published in the Sydney Morning Herald. Buckle up, it’s campaignarama time… 6 August The money comes for Coalition 7 August Best laid plans 8 August Poster boy slips up 9 August Rupert dictates 12 August Just oozing their imagination 13 August Out for a duck 14 August Did … Continue reading

Taking a leaf out of nature’s book // 20 April 2013

Written in 2010 but never published, I don’t think… Timely again, as the Dreamliner lifts back into the skies, with any luck. Taking a leaf out of nature’s book The new Boeing Dreamliner has barely taken to the skies and Dr Julian Vincent of Bath University’s department of mechanical engineering is nonchalant. According to Vincent, … Continue reading

The (Sydney) Magazine // APRIL 2013

You beauty! My feature on the challenges, history and ultimately game-changing rise of multicultural models in Australia is out in the April issue of The (Sydney) Magazine. The brilliantly enigmatic Jessica Gomes, Samantha Harris and Shanina Shaik talk catwalks, stereotyping and bullying… WHEN they were at school, Jessica Gomes and Shanina Shaik were bullied. They … Continue reading

Apricots // 2 Dec 2012

The TV is bringing news from Homs. It is not good. It never seems to be, these days. She shakes her head, wrings out the dishcloth and folds it over the cold metal of the sink’s edge. Her nail polish, she notes, stirring the young jam – as the news anchor reels off a dark … Continue reading

King’s horses and King’s men // 1 Dec 2012

You know what I mean. The time you fucked up. The time you fell. The time, as you’d say, you dropped the ball. We thought you were something more. We thought you were different. I know there was more than once! But I think you and I both know what I’m talking about. You can … Continue reading

A love letter to the old Syria, Sydney Morning Herald // 2 August 2012

My piece from the Sydney Morning Herald, today. Another time … memories of Syria and Damascus. Photo: from the Dumas archives. Many faces of a troubled land In a corner of the old city of Damascus, along the Street Called Straight and beyond Bab Sharki’s backgammon set hawkers, lies a convent. There’s no diplomatic immunity, … Continue reading

Bogans, bashing, rorts and stoushes // 20 June 2012

My piece for Daily Life, 20 June 2012… —— So, bogan is actually a word. A bona fide, fully certified, 100 per cent pure, paid-up, proper word in the actual Oxford English Dictionary. Well, it’s about bloody time. Deliciously peculiar to Australia, the word is a sublime moniker for a social stratum of a nation … Continue reading

The shower scene // 1 June 2012

She stood, letting the steam envelop her, hearing the drumming of the hot water thunder in her ears, watching as heavy drops, almost solid in their purpose, slammed onto the stone floor, smashing and shattering around her legs. Warm puddles collected on the terracotta tiles, her suntanned feet pale against their burnt depth. Her pink … Continue reading