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Category: Non-Fiction

THE KEY TO THE CELLAR: Gary McHugh

Once the sun goes down I like to hide underneath my house until dawn. This may seem rather strange but I’m fairly certain you’d have a few dark secrets of your own that people like me would find weird too; the difference is, I’m not afraid to share mine. What I am afraid of, however, is staying in my house once the sun’s gone down.  As far as I can remember, this nocturnal basement nesting started a few years ago, straight after I saw Bert Newton guest starring on Hey,… Read more THE KEY TO THE CELLAR: Gary McHugh

COMMUNING WITH THE MUSE: Alison Hurst

Here we are, our consummation drawing closer at this precipice of our appointed time and I am frightened as this bus takes me to our secluded cabin to bring our dalliance to fruition. Exhilaration pulsing a quick second to each fearful tremor. You made yourself known to me only a few months ago and now my whole world feels driven to be all about you. You are wonderful, you are forbidding and maybe you are conspiring to have your moment with me. But I cannot lay this entirely at your… Read more COMMUNING WITH THE MUSE: Alison Hurst

THE DREAMLINER: Terry Finch

As a non-scientist and a non-engineer, it seems impossible to me that such a large chunk of steel could stay airborne.  Of course it’s the engines – and lots and lots of fuel! And the skill of the pilots. And the design of the plane. Still, as I sit in the window seat of Row 30 on my red-eye United Airlines Dreamliner from San Francisco to Sydney, I  think about my vulnerability … A feeling of panic begins to rise … and a feeling of utter loneliness, in spite of the fact there… Read more THE DREAMLINER: Terry Finch

A LAMB IS NOT A MARRIAGE COUNSELLOR: Danielle Haigh

My husband would be the first to admit he’s not one of the great romantics and he’s given me some very odd presents over the years. Think secondhand breadmaker on my 30th birthday – every woman’s dream. But the most marriage-threatening gift he ever gave me was a day-old lamb he’d rescued from euthanasia. We’d moved from Perth to our barely-converted two-room shed in Margaret River, but he was back in the city for a fortnight’s work. He was acting with good intentions – “it’s company for you” – but… Read more A LAMB IS NOT A MARRIAGE COUNSELLOR: Danielle Haigh