This Month's Short Stories

Good Grief

Posted by Tracie McMahon

Lisa sips at her zero-alcohol beer and stares at splashes of red and white as they wrestle over the sponsor-encrusted grass like …

6 Min Read

Throgmorton’s Real Life Railways

Posted by Rob Wilcher

The sign above the carpark entrance declares ‘Throgmorton’s Real Life Railways’, underlined by a set of railway tracks. A locomotive steams its …

17 Min Read

Sickness Falling

Posted by Amanda Hemmings

  She’s exhausted. She wants to go back to the beginning, but she’s lost, lost. Too many people on the streets; cars …

4 Min Read

Social Boundaries

Posted by Eva Chow

George has been pouring drinks for Carol at the local pub ever since she moved into the area fifteen years ago. He …

17 Min Read

Hanging Ten

Posted by Tracie McMahon

My toes are hanging over the edge as water crashes into the rocks far below. The Pigram Brothers sing of it, but …

1 Min Read

Before it Disappears

Posted by Tracie McMahon

A piece to mark International Women’s Day on 08 March: A short story about a woman and a place using picture prompts …

3 Min Read

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  • Originally from Dublin Ireland and now living and working in Sydney Australia. Ali has always been interested in writing funny emails, quirky columns and is now trying to turn her observations of the funny things we all do into stories!
  • Apart from working relentlessly on writing yet another novel, Amanda reads. And reads. And reads. Totally for escapism. Anything from high literature to spy thrillers. Loves Southern gothic, history, alternative fiction, well-written crime novels. She doesn’t love the current state of the world, but remains sanguine. Most of the time.
  • I write about home, family, friends and all the undercurrents of love.
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  • We passed this way. Some of us were lucky enough to be. And even if we chose to spend our time in misery we were. That is the point and the glory of it. We were. And we know this one event, this one triumph, will not recur. For when we have ceased to be, and all is said and done, we will join those who never had our chance, the multitude of None.
  • Tracie acknowledges the traditional owners of the Dharug, Gundungurra and Wiradjuri lands which inspire much of her writing, and on which she is grateful to walk, write and paint. This respect extends to all Aboriginal and First Nations people and leaders, past, present and emerging.
    Tracie likes to write about place, belonging and silence (intended and unintended) and hopes her readers will be left with a desire to explore and create their own stories. Her writing can also be found at Lithgow Area Local News, and Bushwalk Australia Magazine

The Authors at The Moving Pen

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