Horror Show: My Story

This post was originally published on my City Sampler blog. Horror Show: My Story Growing up in Perth, one of my favourite times of year was when the Royal Show came to town. Traditionally a time for farmers to meet and sell their wares and animals, the Show has since evolved into a week-long carnival where city-folk…

Reading in the New Year

Since 2012, Lizzy Chandler has lead the Australian Women Writers Challenge. A response to a Bookseller & Publisher survey re-published in Crikey that suggested that men authors were more likely than women authors to have their books reviewed in influential newspapers, magazines and literary journals, the AWW Challenge is a growing community of readers, writers, and reviewers working to…

An Eye For An Eye: My Uncle’s Story

This post was originally published on my City Sampler blog. An Eye For An Eye: My Uncle’s Story Across my uncle’s three-decade career as an academic, he has supervised many a graduate student. Some of these students he has kept in touch with after they have graduated and gone on to do other things. Sometimes these students…

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…