TONGUE | from Roomers #62

Here’s a short story from Barry that was originally published in Roomers magazine #62 earlier this year. It’s called “Tongue”.

BARRY LEE THOMPSON

1978, a birthday party. One of those once in a blue moon family dos where a local hall gets hired, there’s catering, a DJ. The adults end up drunk and misty. Someone overdoes it, creates a spectacle. There’s a fight. No blood’s spilled, but there’s harsh words, someone gets upset, there’s tears and the gin gets blamed. And so on. That kind of a night.

I spent most of it watching Tommy and trying to pretend otherwise. I’d always thought of me and him as the same age, nearly, but since the last time he’d become old enough to drink and smoke and that was ages away for me. He danced a lot towards the end. Swaying, tie loose, long legs. The combination was unbearable.

Then the goodbyes. My eyes stinging from the late hour and the cigarette smoke. Nancy came over for a hug. Dad’s sister, so Aunty I…

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Tangled webs rewoven

Melbourne’s Star Weekly features a piece about Barry‘s Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize win in its print and online editions. The article gives a mention to the Elwood Writers, and you can read it here.

 

Winner VU Short Story Prize: Their cruel routines

Barry’s short story ‘Their cruel routines’ is the winner of the 2015 Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize. It’s published in Overland Issue 221 Summer 2015. You can also read it here:

https://overland.org.au/previous-issues/issue-221/short-story-prize-barry-lee-thompson/