Dear Writer ... Revisited

People who are beginning to write fiction, particularly people living in remote places, often send their manuscripts to an assessor, and the letters in the original edition of Dear Writer were inspired by correspondence I had with writers when I was reading their manuscripts. I used to sign my letters with the name of a character from...

The Strongest Man in the World

This heart warming poem is about the complexity of defining strength and how the term means something different to everyone. In this poem, Bilal shares his love and appreciation for his father and how he is indeed "the strongest man in the world". This piece and many more are included in the 2017 Bankstown Poetry Slam Anthology,...

The Equator

Tempests of sleet and snow have imprisoned the world with a frozen grasp for more than a century. Rune's father has chased a myth for years - The Equator, hidden somewhere on the planet. A year after his father's untimely death, two fractions locked in a feud arrive in Old Francisco in search of his father's research. The race is on...

Lives of the Dead

Although Lives of the Dead and other stories is a collection filled with memorable characters whose struggles are credible and utterly recognisable, it is the vivid and evocative imagery throughout, and the deceptively quiet and introspective mood of the collection that are Jane Skelton’s real achievements, and the reason for...

The Darkness

The 2015 NaNoWriMo Tablo.io Novel Contest winner. A virus decimated the entire planet's human population. No treatment or vaccine could be found, so contraction—meant death. Humanity was forced to seek refuge in hermetically sealed self-sustaining bunkers, commonly referred to as ‘biospheres’. After the world’s power grid failed,...

The Antidote

When eighteen-year-old Mia survives a mass shooting at her high school she is left traumatised and confused. The shooter is her best friend. She attends college where she is the only witness to the murder of a man, who unknown to her, is working for a secret organisation to produce a genetically modified virus. As he dies he transfers...

VOTE DINKLES 2016

A clown's meteoric rise to political fame. This story contains adult language & themes, sophomoric language & themes, lots of drinking, even more womanizing, criminal acts depicted humorously and humorous acts depicted criminally. There is enough in this story to offend everyone.

My Hearts Are Your Hearts

What are the hares getting up to among the sunflowers? Who is paying $6000 for a raincoat? The priest is good, kind, adored, believed – but can the schoolgirl trust him? Who kills his wife and dumps the body in the pool? What if you find your death was listed long ago online? With lightness in the telling, with subtle harmonies and...

We're all travellers here

‘We’re All Travellers Here’ won the Carmel Bird Award. Award judge Michael McGirr said my prize-winning tale: is ‘the story of an older mother and her adult son on tour. The son is buried alive in his own sophistication and self-concern. The mother eclipses him with her open appetite for life. Both portraits are realised with subtlety...

Smile for the Coup D'état

Broke, drunk, and caught up in the mayhem of a military coup d'état in Thailand, Peter and his dangerously charismatic friend, Joseph, double down on their pursuit of destructive obsessions. But the crimes that they have committed together are becoming increasingly hard to hide under the tumultuous new political order. Pressured...

The Shadow Sword

Stella’s sport is fencing, and like maybe-boyfriend Daniel, she trains at St Augustine’s, the school on a finger of land between two rivers that flow into the harbour. Boundaries are blurred here, and ghosts slip the bonds of earth. Stella can see them. But when Rafe Manning and his enemy, Will Jacklin, from the colony’s early days,...

Dark Seeds

Crystal lives with her drug-dealer boyfriend, Rhys, in an isolated shack, south of Perth. After Crystal invests all her money in their large dope crop in the bush, she discovers Rhys’s dark past. Paranoia and violence escalate until she finds there’s a lot more at stake than just her savings. When local police officer Nick takes an...

The End of The Sea

Jax Darwood is eighteen when his uncle sends him out to sea, hoping to rid him of his fear of water. Jax isn't scared of water. He's scared of the beasts that swallow and crush ships that dare set out. He's scared of the dark deep that ate his parents alive. He's not scared of the water, he's scared of both what's in it, and what sails...

Gate 6

This walled city protects its citizens and mass exports an essential product that improves lives globally. But is there something darker going on?

The Waterfowl Are Drunk!

Kate Liston-Mills' The Waterfowl Are Drunk! is a series of short stories set in the author's hometown, Pambula, on New South Wales' far south coast. A fox stalks a nest of hatching swans, loving parents deal with their child's Down syndrome diagnosis, a close-knit community mourns a death, a teenager is forced to give up an afternoon...