The Sweetest Dream

Please find the link below to my story ‘The Sweetest Dream’ published by Sudo Journal (Australia) Or, here is the text if the link doesn’t work well. The Sweetest Dream – Chris Barker Theo lay on his back, staring at the ceiling as he waited for the nurse to return to his bedside. He wantedContinue reading “The Sweetest Dream”

Easter Sunday: Save me from Salvation

‘Jesus died for somebody’s sins but not mine… my sins my own, they belong to me.’ Patti Smith I know that for many people Easter is a time that marks the salvation of humankind. I don’t believe in salvation anymore. I don’t mean Christian style salvation alone. I mean any kind of salvation. The wordContinue reading “Easter Sunday: Save me from Salvation”

The Last Time She Saw Him

Lucy watched the peeling paint shower like pale yellow snowflakes from the inside of her bedroom door as it vibrated from an intentional violence. He could not have meant what he had done. Once the black cloud had lifted, as it always did, he would come to his senses and beg mum for forgiveness. FullContinue reading “The Last Time She Saw Him”

The Reckoning

Agnes was sitting on a bench in the park with Zac while they waited for his appointment. Zac was due for his skills assessment tests following a two-year mentorship with Agnes. After serving in the defence force, Agnes had taken on the role of professional ‘mother’ and Zac was her first mentee, her protégé. AndContinue reading “The Reckoning”

Politics and Writing (Fiction)

I have long been engaged in writing-fiction and non-fiction- and I have always been attentive to politics. I have written non-fiction work about politics, and I have written fiction that had an underlying political resonance. Politics and writing are inescapably intertwined. First, let me explain what I mean by politics. Politics refers of course toContinue reading “Politics and Writing (Fiction)”