A young woman hears her grandfather crying in the room next door. In the still, cool night his words are a pained murmur of whispers and wails. She doesn’t understand the language but can translate the heartache. It is his birthday. He is old. He is eighty. He is weeping.
Claire Varley, ‘A Greek Tragedy’.
Claire Varley grew up on the Bellarine Peninsula and lives in Melbourne. She has sold blueberries, worked in a haunted cinema, won an encouragement award for being terrible at telemarketing, taught English in rural China, and coordinated community development projects in remote Solomon Islands.
Her writing has appeared in Seizure online, page seventeen, Australian Love Poems, ed. Mark Tredinnick, Sotto Magazine, The Big Issue and [untitled]. She was shortlisted for Seizure’s Viva la Novella 2 competition. Her debut novel will be published by Pan Macmillan in 2015.
Beautifully written. Beautifully sad. Kerenlee Thompson.com