• Closer to the Morning by Nathan White
    Creative joy

    Storm clouds

    Storm clouds brewed out beyond the Keppel Islands and sent an ominous shiver down my spine. Was tonight to be another night of howling winds, snapping ropes and screaming sails? Looking out over our beloved Roslyn Bay Harbour I caught a glimpse of the Gypsy Queen. As she got closer, she seemed to limp into the bay. The poor old girl, her bough dipped as she slopped and swayed through crashing waves and gale force winds. Close to home now, her belly seemed to sigh with relief as she swamped the bay and glided graciously to her moorings. Her skipper cut the motors one last time and she heaved and…

  • Drawing of a woman
    Creative joy


    Author’s note: For several years I worked as the weekend cook at a hostel for independent adults with disabilities in Perth. I used to wonder about the stories of the people who lived there. Not many were able to share them – some couldn’t remember, some couldn’t tell and some couldn’t speak. One woman in particular fascinated me as she seemed to have two very different stories – one she expressed in stock phrases and the other she expressed with her hands. I wrote ‘Linda’ in an attempt to weave all the broken bits I knew of her into a story that showed her integrity and her courage. This short…