West End Story


West End Story

Stories whisper from the shelves of The Reader bookshop in West End, Brisbane. Outside, they’re graffitied everywhere; told and retold by buskers and dancers, drunks and moochers, homeless and those who soon will be. A writer searching for her voice is oblivious to it all. Then, one enchanted evening, West End’s lizard statue steps down from its pedestal under the giant leopard tree. And everything changes.


Author’s note:

I once heard a world-famous author read from one of his young adult novels in a venue at Oxford, England. The section was very funny, but I’ve always remembered less about its content than I have about the – equally funny – way the author giggled through the piece as he read. The audience chuckled at his words; it chortled at his joy.

At the time, it seemed I was witnessing the delight the author must have felt at his first sighting of his original idea. As a writer he had opened his eyes, looked, and simply transferred his delight to the page. I’m sure he’ll giggle each time he reads it.

Where can I read it?

Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (Issue 57). Find it here>