Category Short Story

Book Sale Broken Buttons for Cancer Fundraising.

My memoir Broken Buttons has been selling well. I do have several copies left and have decided to sell them at a special price. The bookstore has them at AU $21.95 but if you visit the camping ground at Boreen Point in Queensland they are on special at $15. As an internet special I offer […]

Broken Buttons Memoir published May2016

The second edition of Broken Buttons is now available. This contains Photographs also some short stories from my ‘Old Wimps Out Walking’ collection. To obtain your copy send an email to shandchalmers@yahoo.com.au for details on how to pay. Books retail at AUD $29.95 plus $7 for postage within Australia. You can also find me on […]

Harper Collins Award Winning Short Story by Shirley Chalmers

The Onion Picker’s Daughter     The old green Ford Pilot is standing in the road like a patient elephant waiting for its load. The hot Queensland day is slowly dying, with a sighing breeze stirring dust from the leaves of the nearby gums. It will soon be getting dark and Dad is hurrying us, […]

Rambling Rose and Miss Seganto

Nomads abound, especially these days as the grey variety stock up their caravans or Winnebagos to go touring. The holiday parks are packed with them. I guess I became a nomad when Dad sold the farm at Imbil in Queensland and moved the family to Boreen Point, a lovely spot on the shore of Lake […]

The Journey

She has plucked flowers from the surface of the water even when her reflection in it is dark. “Blossoms and Shadows” Lian Hearn I’d managed to convince Arabella to accompany me on a trip to Japan. As I’m her high school Japanese language teacher it hadn’t been hard to obtain permission from her Aunt Sarah […]