“The Shearer’s Daughter” – Verandah #34
The day my Year 11 Australian Studies teacher discovered my dad was a shearer, he practically did backflips of joy like a mechanical dog.
“Akilter” – Visible Ink #29 ‘The End’
The last journalist signed off from BBC radio at 2.30am London time. It was 11.30am here. Brett and I had his workmates over for Coronas and party pies.
“Poor writing: on bogan hunting in the bookshop” – Overland
Writing about growing up poor, especially on the internet, is like getting into a water balloon fight with an octopus – you launch your projectile out into the world and are immediately slapped in the face with a crap-tonne of slimy missiles in return.
“Bow and Bleekman” – Tincture Journal, Issue 13
He stands on the corner of Bow and Bleekman. She drops her handbag and her life flows out like a secret unbidden. He stoops to pick up letters and lipsticks. She is breathless and grateful.
“Beer and ciggies? More like ‘Let them eat cake’ from Joe Hockey atop his tower” – The Sydney Morning Herald
The mental image of Joe Hockey in Marie Antoinette’s blonde ringlets proclaiming “Let them eat cake” might prompt consternation or an upset stomach, depending on your political persuasion.
“Did public school kids ever have a chance?” – ABC: The Drum
Employers would hardly be falling over themselves to admit to private school bias, but if the Coalition’s shadow cabinet is anything to go by, the old school tie is still alive and well in Australia.
Peter Cowan 600 — 2019 competition
My stories “The Gully” and “Chaz” both received ‘highly commended’ awards.