short stories

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I Still Close My EyesI Still Close My Eyes

The dream to fly quietly weaves its way through the events of a woman’s life until it is finally realised in a moment of both ending and beginning.

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9:47 mins
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Spring/SummerSpring/Summer

A no-man’s land.        Should Man ever enter?

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6:10 mins / 5.9 MB
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policetensePolice Tense 

The Senior Sergeant was unusually stressed. But he knew he could convey the information with his customary clarity …

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2:24 mins / 2.3 MB

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drayartsDr Ayarts and the Out-of-Hours Patients

His life was good. Thanks to his family. His education.
They had been dealt a different hand.
But would he share his good fortune …?

or download Dr Ayarts and the Out-of-Hours Patients

5:03 mins / 4.9 MB

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Dear DavidDear David

A series of letters and notes from a woman to her boyfriend/husband reveal the transition from romance to nightmare that is the reality of too many.

No audio is available for this story as the written word best suits the style and silence unfortunately reflects the position of sufferers of domestic violence in our society.

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Is It?Is It?

… better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?

(Background effects thanks to http://www.freesfx.co.uk)

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7:50 mins / 3.8 MB

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The BlowerThe Blower

The noise. The futility. The headache. The stress.
The perfect storm.

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2:38 mins / 1.3 MB

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The Blower IIThe Blower II

The noise. The blast. The power.
What could be better?

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7:10 mins / 6.9 MB

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The Blower III

The need. The aversion. The ingenuity.
But perhaps … a sign of a greater understanding?

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6.16 mins / 6 MB

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Of The Land

The earth. The trees. The creatures.
All life is from it. All living is of it.

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4:25 mins / 2.1 MB

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Seized Wheels & Wasteland

Seized Wheels and Wasteland

Trolley Boys. ‘One’, ‘Two’ and ‘Three’. But …
could there be more to the people whose only problems seem to be faulty wheels and retrieval from vacant land?

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3:27 mins / 1.7 MB

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Wild LifeWild Life

Two generations. Two pale boys … two wild lives.

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4:44 mins / 2.3 MB

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… indigo & violet… indigo & violet

It set the pattern for her life. And although nothing could match the spontaneous adventure of childhood, she would never forget the treasures that her father had helped her find.

or download  … indigo & violet

9:25 mins / 4.5 MB

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Instinctive
Instinctive

He was compelled. It was in him. But the ‘trust your instincts’ platitudes were wrong. Very, very wrong …

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[WARNING: Some strong language]

7:44 mins /  3.7 MB

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Hunting the TigerHunting the Tiger

Sometimes a search can unearth the most unexpected treasures …

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18:28 mins / 8.9 MB

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Peripheral AnthropomorphismPeripheral Anthropomorphism and the Fall of Troy

For Hector it was animals. But for Achilles, it was always dead bodies. …

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Peripheral Anthropomorphism and the Fall of Troy

8.09 mins / 3.9 MB

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A Thaw for Lonely

A Thaw for Lonely

Everyone can feel detached from the life that bubbles all around … but only when we see into the heart of true loneliness, do we begin to feel the warmth of our human connections.

or download  A Thaw for Lonely

16:35 mins / 8 MB

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Scrabble

Scrabble: A Man of Letters

Callum Whitlock has spent his life solving problems. But close to home, the challenges might be beyond his military skills. Coded threats from potential terrorists are easier to handle than an angry son and a young upstart for a boss. Until …

or download  Scrabble: A Man of Letters

[WARNING: Some strong language]

43:45 mins / 21 MB

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Chin Music

Chin Music

Clement wants so badly to make his grandfather’s dreams for him come true. But sometimes the future shapes itself and good intentions are for nothing. Or …?

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11:37 mins / 5.6 MB

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Following Joe Darby

He spent his time behind the spectacular spring jumper –
but what did he leave in his own wake? …

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31:17 mins / 15 MB

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Cottonmouth

What they called him wasn’t what he was.
But it made him what he became …

Now only available in the
Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2013

(more info in 7 November 2012 and january 2013 posts)

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Mr Anura

He was content with his simple life. Until the day they couldn’t leave him to himself…

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9:02 mins / 4.3 MB

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One Summer with the Dogs of War

What if a young Australian girl met someone who’d been at the centre of a notorious period of history? When all you want is a dog of your own, perhaps the past doesn’t play a role at all – or does it? …

or download One Summer with the Dogs of War

29:48 mins / 14.3 MB

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Looking for A Real Man

Being grown up isn’t what we imagined as children. And Chris is finding that The Simple Things aren’t simple in any way  …

This story, written especially for Queensland Writers Week, was published in increments – with a new mini-chapter added daily from the 10th to the 16th of October and the complete audio version published on the final day. The full text and podcast now remain available for reading/listening.

+ alternate ending …

or download Looking for A Real Man + Alternate Ending

11:42 mins (+ 2:08 mins) / 5.6 MB (+ 1 MB)

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To Have Ruth

He was lost without her. But sometimes people come into your life as abruptly as others leave. And a lifeline can take the most unexpected form …

or download  To Have Ruth

19:36 mins / 9 MB

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Grandidier’s Vontsira

Seb was fourteen when he first heard the words “Grandidier’s Vontsira”. But in a pre-internet world, how would he discover what they meant? …

or download  Grandidier’s Vontsira 

4:08 mins / 1.9 MB

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The Meadow

Their lives meant nothing to him – why should he listen to their talk of dreary mediocrity? The photographer’s subject finally makes him face his selfish disregard for those he has encountered on his path to fame …

or download  The Meadow

18:40 mins / 8.6 MB

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Beauty

We admire it, we aspire to it, we are plagued by our inability to achieve it … in the future, will things be any different?

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4:22 mins / 2 MB

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Everything and Nothing

The letter Mrs Jackanoe had found in the drawer had a strange effect on her visitors. Until it was no longer hidden …

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9:09 mins / 4.2 MB

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The Man who was followed by butterflies

When he was a boy, Lo had played on the bank by the water. It was there that the butterflies had first found him …

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11:36 mins / 5.3 MB

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Juanita

She was chosen. It was the greatest honour anyone could know. But she knew nothing about what was to come …

or download Juanita

13:26 mins / 6.2 MB

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For the Woman Who Has a Hundred

Mr Jonan doesn’t know what to buy his cousin on her 100th birthday. And what he eventually decides upon has some interesting results …

or download For the Woman Who Has a Hundred

16:07 mins / 7.4 MB


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