By Lauren Burns
What if he didn’t like me?
What if I was an unwelcome reminder of past regrets?
What if he just wanted to look at me once, for curiosity, and then cut off contact?
I sat in the passenger seat nervously twisting my fingers, staring out the window at suburbia as my partner Gerard steered the car south through Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. We were headed for the coast.
Height: 5’11” Hair colour: Fair Eye colour: Blue
Weight: About 11.5 stone (73 kg) Race: Caucasian
For the past five years these non-identifying facts were all I knew about donor C11, my biological father. This reduction gave me nothing of his essence. What did he care about? What made him laugh? Did we look alike, or share interests? Did it matter?
or RUN if you hear the word Peri-urban
I acknowledge the Bunurong/Boon Wurrung people,
the traditional custodians of the land upon which this narrative is set.
I pay my respects to their elders past, present and emerging
and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
By Catherine Watson
WHILE these are grim times for the arts community, for many writers, artists, musicians it's also a time to step back from the usual noise and bustle and actually create.
The second Bass Coast Prize for Non-Fiction has been brought forward to take advantage of the COVID-19 lockdown when many writers have more time for writing.
Entries are now open for the 2020 Bass Coast Prize, one of the richest competitions for non-fiction in Australia, with a total of $10,000 in prize money. The first prize winner will receive $5000, second $3000 and third $2000.
Given the cancellation of exhibitions, concerts, plays and arts festivals, including our own Phillip Island Story Gatherers Festival, the non-fiction prize keeps the literary flame burning in Bass Coast.