author: Mary Manning

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Coffee and birdsong

    • Mary Manning
    • 09 November 2016
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    'Pull the levers, scoop the coffee, flatten it, steam fragrant liquid into white cups. My lever-pulling right arm has huge muscles from my coffee ballet. Around me: the buzz of conversations about people's plans for their day. No one knows I am lonely.' Short story by former Eureka Street editorial assistant Mary Manning, who died on Tuesday 8 November 2016.

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    Why the old woman couldn't cross the road

    • Mary Manning
    • 21 November 2012

    What was she to do? Mr J. J. Bullfinch would surely rescue her if he knew of her plight. He would stride out into the traffic and it would stop when he raised his hand. But why should she imagine he'd come? He hardly knew her. She was alone, sitting on the grass shaking from the shock of being nearly hit by a bus. 

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    Love in the fifties

    • Mary Manning
    • 27 June 2012
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    It is February 1952. I am with friends at Jim's place when we hear the news that King George VI has died. A dark-haired boy I have not met before keeps looking across at me.

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    Best of 2011: Breast sandwich

    • Mary Manning
    • 04 January 2012
    2 Comments

    'I'm Shareena,' she says. 'I'm your radiographer for today. For your breast screen.' An old man looks away from the waiting room television when he hears the word breast. His eyes linger over my sensible tailored shirt and I wonder if I have left a button undone. Published 19 April 2011

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    Breast sandwich

    • Mary Manning
    • 20 April 2011
    5 Comments

    'I'm Shareena,' she says. 'I'm your radiographer for today. For your breast screen.' An old man looks away from the waiting room television when he hears the word breast. His eyes linger over my sensible tailored shirt and I wonder if I have left a button undone.

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  • CONTRIBUTORS

    Mary Manning

    • Mary Manning
    • 17 May 2007

    Mary Manning works at Jesuit Communications. She writes poetry, stories and educational texts.   

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    What motivates the aspiring creative writer?

    • Mary Manning
    • 15 May 2007
    3 Comments

    When prospective plumbing or hospitality students are quizzed about why they want to do a course, there are easy answers about improving job skills. Not so for aspiring creative writing students.

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    Asylum seeker dreams

    • Mary Manning
    • 16 April 2007

    With characters at low points in their lives, Nights in the Asylum is saved from being a dark novel by moments where care and love bring positive change.

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    On the train

    • Mary Manning
    • 01 July 2006

    Fiction by Mary Manning

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    Felicity in love

    • Mary Manning
    • 22 May 2006

    Mary Manning interviews English novelist Salley Vickers.

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    The third Great Bang

    • Mary Manning
    • 29 April 2006

    I haven’t decided what I will do in my next life although the people who organise these things have been sending me reminders about it for the past two years.

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