JASON DELANY’S ANGEL IN BOOTS

       Stanley woke to the warm lick of a tongue along his cheek. ‘Get away, Toby.’ After pushing his eager dog away, he eased out from under his German wagon and yawned. Although dawn light barely touched treetops on the far hillside, galahs were already squabbling in spindly branches above his camp.   […]

TURNING THE MOB

The mob converged into the shallow gully. The smell of water too much for the thirsty stock, their stampeding hooves tore at the sun tortured earth, a Hiroshima cloud of red dust spiralling into the charged crackling air. The boss on the bank above her, bellowed, ‘Cut your lot off and turn them back,’ before he […]

KEEP HER SAFE

It is the middle of a hot humid day and I’m sitting at the bus stop. It is half an hour before the next bus. I watch a girl cross the road with a young baby. She sits, close to me. I always want to hold babies. I treasure the feeling of them against my […]

RED EARTH

A solitary Land Cruiser traversed the wide-open plains, a soaring plume of red earth in its wake. Ahead, a wooden trestle bridge crossed the Greater Anabranch River. Its banks lined with ancient red river gums; their grey green foliage contrasted the gritty red soil of the road. Unrelenting December heat gave the air a characteristic […]