Alice and Play in Australian Art and Japanese shōjo Culture

This peer-reviewed academic article appeared in the July 2016 special issue of the International Journal of Play themed ‘Histories of Play’. Alice in transnational perspective and through the history of replication: an exploration of adult play in Australian art and Japanese shōjo culture Abstract From her nineteenth century origins in a text which satirised the university milieu of Oxford,…

Better Than Chocolates

This post was originally published on my City Sampler blog. Better Than Chocolates Just a short post from me today. Last year my uncle headed over to San Francisco for work and opted to stay in a small B&B-style place at the Grant St entrance to Chinatown. His email to me from his trip reads: “Each night…

Tincture Journal Online: Last Night in Tokyo

This short story is now available to read online via Tincture Journal‘s website. Last Night in Tokyo “What’s that noise?” “An alarm.” “An alarm?” “Well yes I assume so.” “So there’ll be someone here soon then.” “Maybe, maybe not.” “But there’s an alarm.” “So?” “So… people. The alarm will… raise the alarm. You know; someone…

Overland: Scott Morrison and the Boundaries of Acceptable Speech

This comment piece was originally published by Overland online. Scott Morrison and the Boundaries of Acceptable Speech Last week, Scott Morrison commented that he intimately understands the persecution of LGBTIQA Australians because he, too, has been persecuted – for homophobia. Morrison’s comments were made in response to a speech given by Penny Wong at the Lionel Murphy Memorial Lecture on…

Mikri or: How My Mother Learned to Like Cats

This post was originally published on my City Sampler blog. Mikri or: How My Mother Learned to Like Cats My mother never really liked cats. She would never have said that she hated them, but – being a dog person – she would turn her nose up at even the idea or mention of a feline. It…

An Australian Diner in Paris: My Mother’s Story

This post was originally published on my City Sampler blog. An Australian Diner in Paris: My Mother’s Story While my mother’s approach to travel was an open-ended one-way trip to London, my uncle’s was to remain based in Perth – where he was gainfully employed as an academic – and take short trips to new destinations each…

Overland: Interlopers in a Masculine City

This comment piece was originally published by Overland online. Interlopers in a Masculine City A few weeks ago, I was riding my bike to work. It was a cool summer pre-dawn ride, and the number of other road users was scant. As a bike-rider, I’m quite lucky: there’s a green bike path running almost the…