Patrick is a writer, editor and expedition guide based in Melbourne, Australia. When he’s not writing, he’s walking; either across countries or to his local pub.
‘The Manly Thing’
Published in Suspiria: an anthology (2019). Clover Press.
Finalist in the Swinburne Microfiction Challenge.
‘Pint of Purpose’
Published by Astray Project.
Mattie Furphy House, Western Australia
’A clever satire on relationships and the potential pretentiousness of art, I found this story funnier with each read, yet it also raises important questions around the performativity of relationships, the idea that art is built on suffering, and the relationship between art and truth. A very modern tale, the narrative features pitch-perfect dialogue and a slide into surrealism that is handled with aplomb.’ – Josephine Taylor, Judge of the Stuart Hadow Short Story Prize 2022.
‘The Bill Bryson of pandemic orgies.’ – A stranger, commenting on a Facebook post.
‘This story – of love, albeit fleeting and unrequited – is marvellously fresh and adventurous. There is a deliciously strange quality to the drama, and the characters are vivid. A distinct sense of creative risk-taking pervades the work, especially in the way it is presented almost as a poem. I have not forgotten the story and its people, and I am sure others will not forget it either.’ – Nigel Featherstone, Judge of the Stuart Hadow Short Story Prize 2020.