Almanacker in The Big Issue Fiction Issue

G’day all,

I was lucky enough to have a piece of fiction published last week.

It won a spot in the Big Issue 10th Anniversary Fiction Edition.

That edition of the Big Issue is on sale around Australia until next Thursday 11 September. If your interest is piqued, find a local vendor and grab a copy.

Adios, djw/ e.regnans

About David Wilson

David Wilson is a hydrologist, climate reporter and writer of fiction & observational stories. He writes under the name “E.regnans” at The Footy Almanac and has stories in several books. One of his stories was judged as a finalist in the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2021. He shares the care of two daughters and likes to walk around feeling generally amazed. Favourite tree: Eucalyptus regnans.


  1. Top stuff David. I bought a copy and read your short story earlier in the week. Lots to think about in the story. Are you Tex? I enjoyed the twist in the tail.
    P.S. Congratulate the editors for me on choosing Eagles blue and gold for the cover.

  2. Well done D. Wilson. Outstanding effort. I have purchased to odd copy of Big Issue previously. I’ll get on this one.

  3. Malcolm Ashwood says

    I will buy a copy OBP well played !

  4. Thanks PB – am I Tex?
    No no.
    But there’s probably a bit of Tex in all of us. (which bit though, which bit?)

    Dips, OBP – thanks a lot. May you enjoy the ride.

  5. Well done!

  6. David

    What a great piece, well done. Really well written and congratulations on being published like that.

    I am the organiser of my regular pub dinners, have been for about 10 years, and we settled on the second wednesday of every second month, after finding that getting a date that suited all was just too hard. There’s a group of 10, more if people who work overseas are in town, and there’s usually at least 6 of us at each meal.

    Our wives all laugh we are never home late, as we just tell and exchange the same stories we have been for 20 years now. Some of us go back to the late 70s when we met in primary school. We say the conversations are the same, the players names change though.

    Sadly, or happily, I am never sure which, we never touch on deeper stuff like your characters do. There’s no big noting, which is good, but equally, there’s no forum for shared issues. I wonder what would happen if one of us shared like Chook? (We have a Mickey though, and the start of the dinner you described coulld have been a tape of one of ours)

    Recently, one of the crew broke up with his wife. It took him 12 months to tell me. We all knew, but like Voldemort, we didn’t mention it by name. and we wonder why men don’t share as they do.

    Today is RU OK day. I am going to contact a few mates to check in, your article provoked me to call more than one of them.

    Cheers, well written and congrats


  7. G’day Sean,
    Thanks very much.
    While that story was a work of fiction, I do catch up with some fellas of a monthly pub persuasion. (G’day gents if you see this).
    Each to their own of course, but I’m a big one for talking (and listening) about the Things That Matter; the “why do we do what we do?” stuff.
    Good on you for keeping your connections going.
    And good on you for digging a bit deeper.
    The Big Issue fiction edition ends today. It remains an honour to have been part if it.
    All the best.

  8. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    None of this Facebook crap – indeed

  9. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Whoops, hit enter too soon…

    Yep, it doesn’t pay to preach.

    We’ll done sir

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