Short stories, features and poems from our writing community.
For all lovers of the written word, there’s nothing more exciting than picking up a thick novel and knowing you’ll soon be lost in its rich descriptions and suspenseful narrative. But have you ever wondered how good the story would be if the author had to condense it into just one page?!?
Chris Flynn is the author of ‘The Glass Kingdom’ and ‘A Tiger in Eden’, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The Age, The Australian, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Australian Book Review, The Saturday Paper, Smith Journal, The Big Issue, Monster Children, McSweeney’s and many other publications. He has conducted interviews for The Paris Review and is a regular presenter at literary festivals across Australia.
Jacinta Parsons is a broadcaster, radio maker, writer, and public speaker. She currently hosts Afternoons on ABC Melbourne delivering a popular mix of art, culture and ideas. She began her radio-life in community radio over a decade ago but her peak Melbourne moment came earlier, when she worked as a tram conductor (proudly wearing one of the last of the Connie’s green uniforms). Jacinta has lived with Crohn’s disease for over 20 years and is an ambassador for the Crohn’s and Colitis Association.
Jannali Jones is a Krowathunkoolong woman of the Gunai nation. She is the author of ‘My Father’s Shadow’, published by Magabala Books. Jannali holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Technology, Sydney. She was the winner of the 2015 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship and in 2013 was an inaugural recipient of Magabala’s Australian Indigenous Creator Scholarship. Her short stories and poetry have been published in Australia and overseas, including in ‘Overland’, ‘Southerly’, ‘The Review of Australian Fiction’ and ‘Westerly’.
It's a particularly tough time for writers who have had new books released, with the cancellation of book launches, author tours, and other appearances such as writers festivals. Writers Victoria is helping to get the word out about books published by our members during this time with our #WVMemberBooks initiative – we're posting these books on our social media channels and here with information about the books and links through to where you can buy them to support the author.
In August, Writers Victoria in collaboration with VALID sought stories from writers with disability for our ongoing project, Stories from Home. Here's how writer Laura Pettenuzzo responded to the prompt, "I look out my window".
You are my first real friend. A friendship based on mutual admiration and not on simple vicinity and lack of other options. You had moved here from Swan Hill because of your Dad’s work.
I remember living with my grandmother so I could go to this particular school with all the subjects that I wanted but couldn’t get at my old school.
I remember being so lost and overwhelmed at the size of this new school and crying in a stairwell on my first day.
I remember seeing you in art class and after a few days we end up sitting together and talking about books.
2020 Write-ability Fellow David Maney is a performer and arts facilitator, with a focus on inclusive practice. He's currently writing 'Into the Fog', a mystery novella/podcast set in rural Australia. He lives in West Brunswick, land of the Woi wurrung people, with three housemates, two dogs and a socially distant cat.
I commenced writing 'Just Like A Son', a military romance adventure in 1996, after I finished my first novel 'Fur On The Inside'. I wrote 'Fur On The Inside', a legal romantic thriller, while I was living in Sale VIC, on leave without pay from my position as a civilian lawyer in the Department of Defence, Canberra. Prior to that I had been a military lawyer in the RAAF from 1980 to 1989. As a lawyer I preferred writing legal briefs and affidavits to court work.