The end of the pier and other stories

Things have been quiet on here recently. I’ve been focussing on writing some longer pieces. One of these ‘The end of the pier’ has just been published in Tincture, an Australian literary journal. In my various trips around Australia, I have come across a lot of long wooden piers, and I always feel compelled to walk along them. I wrote about what it is that draws us on to the end of the pier. Below are some photographs of some of the piers that feature in the piece, but if you’d like to read it you will have to purchase Issue 16 of Tincture journal. I’d highly recommend that you do this as it is crammed full of high quality writing.


The remains of Princes Pier, Melbourne


Gatehouse, Princes Pier, Melbourne


One mile jetty, Carnarvon, WA


Urangan pier, Hervey Bay, QLD

I’ve also started blogging for Zealandia – an ecosanctuary close to where I live which has done amazing work reintroducing native birds to Wellington, many of which had disappeared or were rarely seen on mainland New Zealand. For my first piece, I talked to Dr Rachael Shaw from Victoria University who has been researching the cognitive abilities of North Island robins/toutouwai.

This feels like rather a lot of self-promotion – but really I just wanted to say thank you for reading Rising to Gale, that I’m still wandering around Wellington, and I’ll be blogging here more regularly in future.