The cover image was taken by the author at The Last Bookstore in Downtown LA.
Author Archives: A Book and a Half
The Inheritors by William Golding When I used to work at a mainstream school, we taught William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ as part of year 10 English. We used this exceptional novel to teach aspects of creative writing, such as … Continue reading
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari A good writer is able to smoothly zoom in and zoom out of their subject matter. Zoom in, to give the reader evocative detail and compelling individual stories; zoom out, to … Continue reading
Here is my story that won the competition, accompanied by a beautiful illustration by Yevgenia Nayberg.
This year I have started entering creative writing competitions. To my utter disbelief, I won the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge. It was a wonderful competition, and I’m not just saying that because I won! There are three rounds, and in … Continue reading
I have a new job, which goes some way to excusing my absence – right? For the past couple of years I’ve been teaching English and Literature at a secondary school in regional Victoria. Although I loved my job, for several … Continue reading
Just above silence (Juste au-dessus du silence) I talk low, just above silence So that even my other ear can’t hear. The earth sleeps in the open and lingers in my head With the rigor of asphodels. I’ve re-peopled a … Continue reading
Brand New Ancients by Kate Tempest Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by the Gawain Poet, translated by Simon Armitage This week I spent a couple of days in Lorne, a lovely town on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. My parents … Continue reading
Monument Valley by ustwo The Room 3 by Fireproof Games Believe it or not, but novels once enjoyed about the same cultural status as iPhone apps do today. Nowadays, novels are considered a form of high art – worthy of study at … Continue reading
Poetry Poetry, How did you find your way to me? My mother does not know Albanian well, She writes letters like Aragon, without commas and periods, My father roamed the seas in his youth, But you have come, Walking down … Continue reading