Micro: Feathers after a tornado

My parents crowbar the chicken feeder in the storm’s residual murmurs. We’ve trodden quietly among the acreage’s mangled bones: the coop’s a wreck, the concrete feeder bottom-up. Beaks of pink dust peck the silence where a cacophony of chickens should be.

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I entered a flash fiction competition on Twitter

Here are all the ways it went badly.

The prompt “horizon” arrived in my email. The task was to write a story of up to thirty words inspired by and using the prompt, tweet your entry, tag Writers Victoria (@Writers_Vic), and hashtag WVFlashFic22. I’m a nervous overthinking Nivita unsuited to the fast, savvy highway that is Twitter—and usually too busy feeding the chickens—so I don’t tweet (as my bio says). But a good friend of mine was taking the challenge daily, and her diligence put me to shame. I felt I should enter at least once.

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‘Poetry and Paintings’: SALA event

I’m excited to be collaborating with Adelaide artist Priscilla Corbell-Moore for her debut solo exhibition and SALA event: Art for a Cause: Poetry & Paintings. My poems will accompany Priscilla’s paintings. 

Huge thanks to Priscilla for inviting my poetry to form itself around her exquisite paintings. I am in love with these artworks!

The exhibition begins on August 18 at Pilgrim Uniting Church, Flinders Street, Adelaide. Proceeds from sales of Priscilla’s paintings will be donated to support people who are facing homelessness.

Selected author for the 2021 Microflix Writing Awards

I’m thrilled my story Stone Pulpit is a selected text for the 2021 Microflix Writing Awards. How exciting! There’s a chance a filmmaker might choose this piece for adaptation into a film. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks to Professor Cassandra Atherton, who selected the texts. I’m also hugely grateful to Microflix and Spineless Wonders for providing this opportunity to writers and filmmakers.

You can read my micro here.

Story: ‘The Cirrus Bird’ published in Bracken Magazine

Bracken Magazine | nonfiction | web

Through horrors and monsters of childhood she asked us our flowers, and she kept her nightly list. Best things. Fun things. Favourite things. Goodness. Each evening the inventories spilled wide-limbed out of her. How had I never noticed they were wings?”

This piece was written for the CORONA HOPELINGS issue of Bracken Magazine in response to the lockdown for coronavirus.

You can read the full story here.