a sea that housed her heart

Where does one begin, I tell you at the start! How well I knew the days and nights in such a tender way —something unfamiliar come, with sudden dray. A dreary conception or a phantom afterthought, I was mid between the lines, when my Eleanor was caught. Caught by my affection, caught where hearts proceed to form, and bond between the heaven’s angels and the … Continue reading a sea that housed her heart

Remembering Richard Mercer: Love Song Dedications

Can you believe it’s been eight years since Richard Mercer hosted Love Song Dedications? For nearly 17 years, Australia’s ‘Love God’ dominated late night radio with his honey-toned voice, endearing personality, and memorable love songs. For most listeners, unless they researched him online, Mercer was (and remains) a faceless, friendly radio voice who comforted them to sleep almost every weeknight. Whether it was teenage puppy … Continue reading Remembering Richard Mercer: Love Song Dedications

you had your first psychotic break at seventeen

before you died you asked if mobile phones and mugs of water could conjure swarms of bees you said you’d seen it happen and to reproduce your findings you lodged ceramic in the walls Pliny the Elder too believed bees were born immaculately rising from the bodies of slaughtered calves and I wonder if neo-neo-classicists will prove Pliny right with the discovery of Astomi ——those … Continue reading you had your first psychotic break at seventeen

Eilean Donan

There is a painting that hangs above the fireplace in my living room. It is perched just above the thick, wooden mantelpiece, which is home to a collection of family treasures. There’s a small piece of ancient pottery from Pompeii, picked up on my parents’ honeymoon, and a handmade vase from a market in my mother’s home-town. But the painting has always been my favourite. … Continue reading Eilean Donan

The Orb of Desecration

The whispers clambered over each other. A collection of long-lost voices that roiled and rose to a cacophonous, multitudinous scream. The sourceless scream rang through the cavernous chamber. ‘Get OUT!’ Baran looked up. His wide, armoured frame was outlined by a soft light which emanated from the centre of the tomb. The large man yelled out a response to the voices. ‘We heard you the … Continue reading The Orb of Desecration

‘It’s not that simple’: The Truth Behind the Statement

‘It’s not that simple’. ‘It’s easier said than done’. Sound familiar? Do you ever wonder where you would be if you didn’t constantly limit yourself by reinforcing these statements? It’s often easy to fall into the trap of self-victimisation, and contrary to popular belief, this does more harm than good. One can look at any situation in two ways: from an angle of losing or … Continue reading ‘It’s not that simple’: The Truth Behind the Statement