THIS MIGHT BE THE LAST TIME I SEE YOU

Baba spins the maznik three times. I watch the coils of golden pastry swirl, swirl, swirl and try to predict where the denar will end up. Baba stops and cuts the maznik into pieces with a pair of sewing scissors, there is a dim crunch as the delicate crust breaks under the blades. Continue reading

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JUNE

‘It takes time to process everyone, some of them come without documents too, and when we don’t let them in straight away, they pelt rocks at us and climb the fences. I feel for the children most of all. Adults stole their food and their water when we had nothing left. I killed snakes and cooked them just so the kids had something. Continue reading

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DVE SELA: MALO KONJARI

Magdalena’s hands ached from smacking the locked cellar door and she had screamed herself hoarse. She perked up at Darko’s heavy footfalls coming down the corridor to the cellar. The scrape of a crowbar against plaster and wood could be heard. The door creaked as Darko pried it open with the crowbar. Continue reading

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ALAN BAXTER AT LIVE & LOCAL

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I recently attended the Sydney Writers’ Festival Live & Local event in Wollongong where I got the chance to speak with author Alan Baxter. Continue reading

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HIGHWAY

The radio display warms the interior of the car with an orange glow, and you are the only one on the highway. You’re taking a weird route home—we usually pass this turn off and take the long way—but you’ve taken this turn off that winds through the bush. You’re driving alone, I’m not here with you, not this time. Continue reading

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THE SPECTATOR

The television clicks and settles on humming static. Channels flick past, sounds and voices distorting, melding into one another, until the screen is black and there is no sound. A white dot appears in a moment and begins to roll in a clockwise fashion. With each rotation, the dot grows bigger and fills the screen. In the centre of the white screen, now, a black door appears and creaks open. A woman’s soothing voice narrates the following sequences. Continue reading

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