Almanac Poetry: Near Drowning at St Leonards Beach, Victoria, 1967

A father saves his young son from drowning. Kevin Densley describes this week’s poem as ‘particularly close to home’.

Almanac Father’s Day

Some writing by fathers and about fathers.

AFL Round 4 – Hawthorn v Fremantle: We talked about Dad

Sasha Lennon’s daughter, Molly, reminds him of her Grandad when they’re at the footy. They raised a glass to him, and the mighty Hawks, after their annual trip to Tassie.

A summer lesson

Having followed the Murray Marathon 410km down the river from Yarrawonga to Swan Hill, DIps had much to reflect on waiting for his daughter to return from final night celebrations.


Andrew Starkie sat alone with his father-in-law, Max, for the first time at Christmas. Conversation flowed once he asked him about his life’s journey.

I am Mum and Dad

Recently, I have been both Mum and Dad. Dad was off creating a show to launch the London 2012 Festival, the centrepiece of the Cultural Olympiad associated with the imminent Games. Which meant, that the Cygnet and I passed 8 varied weeks in each other’s company. We are a fairly reconstructed home. The division of [Read more]

For Dad…Always Hawthorn

Two weeks ago today it was with great sadness and the happiest of memories that I said goodbye to my Dad for the last time.  Born Edward Michael Lennon in Dublin in 1941, to all of us, he was known simply as Eddie or, as many liked to call him, Big Ed.  This said more [Read more]

More than a Kick on ANZAC Day

by Sean Gorman I began a conversation with my seven year old son two years ago. That conversation continued yesterday when he played in one of the little league games as part of the half time action at the MCG on ANZAC day. It was the way the conversation started when he was five that [Read more]