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Tales from Upper Hutt in the 1970s

Quinn's Post Tavern, Upper Hutt. c. 1975.
Quinn’s Post Hotel, Upper Hutt, c. 1975. Negatives of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: 1/4-022569-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22424141

It’s been a busy week as far as having stories published is concerned. Of course, I’m delighted, but there is the problem that I need to knuckle down and write some more, get them sent off, etc. I don’t want to run out of any momentum I may have generated.

My latest offering has been published online by Crab Fat Magazine and you can read it here.

Moonshine Road

As I explained in my blog on June 25 of this year, Moonshine Road is a fictional story.

It concerns one particular night in the winter of… shall we say 1976? And thinking back, it would have probably been around June/July.

Outside it was clear and frosty, while inside the Quinn’s Post Tavern, music was pumping.

The scene was set for romance. What could go wrong?

Flash Fiction

Moonshine Road

Moonshine Bridge & siblings, c. 1974.
Moonshine Bridge & siblings, c. 1974.

I received some excellent news today.

My Flash Fiction piece, Moonshine Road, has been accepted for publication by Crab Fat Literary Magazine.

The story goes back to my past – there are some elements of truth and some of fiction. This made it easier for me to write as I still have vivid memories of Moonshine Bridge and Moonshine Road. As kids we knew the area inside out.

My friend Sue and I spent hours and hours, especially as young teenagers, exploring the river, the bridge, and the ruins and wild gardens of a dwelling that had been derelict for years. We’d walk across the river to the ruins of McCurdy’s Castle and swim at Whakamoonie. All amazing memories.

So… writing about the area was easier – my memories are still vivid.

Moonshine Road, the story, is about something different. And it’s set a few years later.  But you’ll have to read it to find out what it is.

I’ll post something here when it’s published.

Moonshine Bridge was demolished in 1987 to make way for the redirection of

Image of the partial demolition of Moonshine Bridge