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A Storm Brews in Piper’s Reach

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In April Adam Byatt and Jodi Cleghorn, two highly creative souls (one with a knack for pulling great ideas from nowhere, the other on a quest for the perfect cardigan) embarked on a writing journey the likes of which I’m … Continue reading

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Breaking Up Even [FGC#22]

“You awake? I was thinking if the sun stays out, we might take some sandwiches down to the park. You know – commune with nature, feed some ducks…” “I’d rather not.” “If it’s too windy, we could always go see … Continue reading

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Thinking About Writing

I’ve been thinking lately, about writing. Thinking about how I want to write more often, more effortlessly, where idea’s spring out of nowhere and words tumble from brain to page without a single headache or punch to the keyboard. I … Continue reading

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Does My Story Look Fat in This?

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You know that feeling you have, when you’ve finished a story – be it still in first draft or finely tuned – you like it (most likely, LOVE it) and you’re desperate for positive feedback. Panting for someone to say … Continue reading

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A visit to Piper’s Reach with Jodi Cleghorn & Adam Byatt

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Postmarked: Piper’s Reach is the ambitious project of first time collaborators Jodi Cleghorn and Adam Byatt. Born as an idea of Jodi’s to tell a story through the amalgamation of old and new forms, and fleshed out through a frenzy of text messages … Continue reading

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One In – Two Out [FGC#4]

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Russel’s beeper went off. The sound so foreign and unwelcome, both he and Sal yelped at the intrusion. “Fuck!” Russell stepped back and tripped over the jeans that were crumpled around his ankles, landing on his arse. He snatched up … Continue reading

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In a Southern Garnet [FGC#3]

When the tall bandsmen are clicking to the restless little bricklayer, And batons begin their jetty skimming flipper, And the creamy scented blowpipes of the dartboard pittosporum tresses, Grow sweeter with the commencement of the nightlight. And the hare in … Continue reading

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Sink or Swim [FGC#2]

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Utter silence. Not a sound from the bleachers, just the soft rumble of the spa far below. Total concentration. Her training allowed for nothing less. Tam expected nothing less. She visualised the dive; working through each movement, feeling each muscle … Continue reading

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Son esprit noir [FGC#1]

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Anita stood at the closed window looking down on the foreign street through gritty eyes; heavy arms dragging her shoulders down. The flight had been as bad as she had told herself it would be; trapped with four hundred and … Continue reading

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Let the (Form & Genre) challenge… begin!

2012 is going to be a good year. In twelve months time, I will look back (with satisfaction) on the year that my youngest child went off to big school, the year I (hopefully) finished my degree, the year I … Continue reading