Grey

For Charlotte Perkins Gilman. * Isla and Frederich were expecting a baby when they finally moved into a small house of their own, free of the squalling and messing of housemates who refused to grow up or give in. ItRead more…

Stay

He tucks his hair behind his ears as he speaks to me, lime and gin on his fingertips. He flicks two cubes of ice into a glass, asks me for the fourth time where I am going next before IRead more…

How to be a girl

The book arrives, wrapped in brown paper tied with a bow on the front. Your day has finally come. You have seen all your elders with this book at some point. In their formative years, clutching it between their armsRead more…

Seeking softness

She stretches her limbs before she opens her eyes, her dream starting to melt and flicker around the edges. Her foot catches in the sheet scrunched at the bottom of the bed and she blinks, registering the faint tickle ofRead more…

Pocket rocket

She hefted the gun in her hand and looked at him for confirmation. But he wasn’t paying attention, still continuing an argument she had disengaged from half an hour ago. “…You’re floating. You’ve been floating all your life, since youRead more…

Flesh and stone

She is lifting the golden lid of a recycling bin with the sleeve of her jumper when the song of a siren echoes through the neighbourhood. Christina lets the lid fall. The bin topples over into the gutter, wheels spinning.Read more…

Hollywood heart

On January 27 we hosted a special Story-share event at Smith’s Alternative, themed around ‘new beginnings’. Below is a transcript of the talk shared by Sarah Mason. Hollywood Heart I was born into an artist’s house, where naked women languished on theRead more…

Limit

Sometimes, after school, David could hear his mother having an affair. The first few times, he could only hear soft steady breathing. The sound that breath makes when blown on a car window to make it fog up. He neverRead more…