Can trust get trustier?

Trust starts out like a peony – multilayered, delicate, beautiful – and withers as we get older. Some dispose of it early, occasionally finding the odd petal hiding somewhere, and… Read more

A fix on falcons

It’s my extraordinary luck to have had, for a couple of years, a close seat at the virtuouso performances of Frodo and Frieda, the peregrine falcons that Brisbane takes to… Read more

Lewin's lepidoptera

Hunting moths might seem tame to anyone who hasn’t done the long hours of careful searching with torch or lamp, beset by other night insects and strange rustling in the… Read more

Need to read
like breathing

Like many others, I am an Australian by choice but, partly still, African in sensibility. It is likely, therefore, that I would slip into narrative almost without thinking. It is… Read more

Pens as artefacts of
lives and history

There is something intimate about a pen – its peculiar characteristics endear it to the user; its close association with writer or statesman or history makes it interesting to the… Read more

Fact, fiction and the
fine line between

A re-enactment of reported events on television. Biographers inserting themselves as characters in the story of their subjects. The boundaries of fact and fiction are far more porous than we… Read more

Brisbane's Story Bridge
a vision of engineering

If you walk from the anchor pier to the main south pier of Brisbane’s Story Bridge on Kangaroo Point, looking north, you hear an echo to the left, a percussive… Read more