Georgia Blain (1964–2016)
Georgia Blain published numerous novels, short stories and essays, with her work often being short-listed for major literary awards. Her memoir, Births Deaths Marriages (Random House, 2008), is on the Reading Australia list.
The story my mother tells me
MemoirI started going to yoga classes in the hope that the physical preparation would make the birth a little easier. I spent a lot of time watching the other women, the new arrivals who barely showed any signs of pregnancy, lying next to the old hands who only had a matter of days to go. We were like lemmings walking towards the edge of the cliff. I was somewhere in the middle and that was where I wanted to stay, but there was no way of halting this horrible progression towards being the most pregnant one, the one who didn't turn up next week, the one who just disappeared.
The other side of the river
FictionDAVID HAD THE address scribbled on the margin of an article he wanted to finish reading in the car. Ellen didn't know the area. The name was familiar – one of those long roads that stretched for miles, sometimes a...
Her boredom trick
FictionWHEN CLARA FINALLY arrives, she is not only half an hour late, she has also brought her dog with her. It leaps from the car, Clara only just managing to hold onto the lead as she uses the strength...
Enlarged + heart + child
FictionWEDNESDAY IS DOG day. Or dog afternoon, to be more precise. In fact, it's really only a twenty-minute distraction, but when you have so little to cling to you take what you can get.This week Shelly has Max, a...