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GLASGOW’S SMOKY BREATH

November 5, 2021

“Then suddenly the sun was snuffed Behind a sooty cloud And night let fall on Glasgow Green Its sulphur-stinking shroud” From News of the World,…

7 YEAR BRAIN FREEZE

October 23, 2021

I don’t usually struggle to invent fictional names, but it took me seven frustrating years to land the title of The Capricorn Sky. A title is…

THE PEOPLE’S SCRABBLE

September 3, 2021

Max loathed games. He described them as “bourgeois timewasters”, in his hard-line way. So we were surprised when one evening, he appeared round the side…

Live Bait

LIVE BAIT

February 11, 2021

I hadn’t seen McLeay since soldiering days, and there he was. Sat at a desk under the house where, in a manner both businesslike yet…

The Story of Edie Wells

October 6, 2020

Detective Senior Sergeant Pru Landis didn’t believe in ghosts. Pru never thought the day would arrive where she’d chase a ghost down a ghost-hole and…

MOONSHOT

June 23, 2020

Professor Charma Toukley watched the Earth swim into view. The planet slipped across the huge round skylight, as if the circular window itself was an…

SING-SONG

March 23, 2020

The Minister sticks his head round the door, looks at Sam who taps diligent words into a record of minutes. “Sam, I need you!” the…

WHY THE CAPRICORN SKY?

January 30, 2020

Marko and his weird cliff-face house appeared in 2012 at the tail end of a dream about Townsville, where I grew up. During Xmas 1971,…

THE SIGH

January 25, 2020

June fog shrouded the national Parliament – a huge birdnet of fog – draped over the isoscelean flagpole, the sloping roof-lawns. Thick still, at 11am.