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Anna spargo-ryan by Anna Spargo-ryan - 9M ago

Last Sunday, as the day slipped into dusk, I had a panic attack. I have different kinds – sometimes I just feel like I’ve breathed too quickly, or like I’ve slipped on a bit of wet road, and I can […]

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Anna spargo-ryan by Anna Spargo-ryan - 9M ago

I miss standing on a verandah and seeing the way the world reveals itself. Not the neighbours’ patio, or the dog across the street, or the chime of the level crossing. Distance. I miss distance. Horizons. I go to the […]

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Anna spargo-ryan by Anna Spargo-ryan - 9M ago

Not a lot about 2016 is worth reflecting on, let’s be honest. The state of politics worldwide is enough to send a girl hurtling into space, I can’t even watch Love, Actually because of Alan Rickman, and the hayfever’s been so […]

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Hello! I was just thinking, how great are books in terms of things to buy for people? And then I thought, quite good! So here is a list of books I think would make an acceptable present for someone this year. […]

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1. My gramps’s laugh. He laughed like a child on a swing. Not like the laughter of the child on the swing, but like the child moving on the swing. In and out. His laugh was like a bellows being […]

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Content warning: suicide, the state of mental health support in Australia I read that when creative writing students are starting out, one of the things they write about most is suicide. It’s a “gimmie subject,” professors say (their words, not […]

The post The sometimes terminal nature of mental illness appeared first on Anna Spargo-Ryan.

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Anna spargo-ryan by Anna Spargo-ryan - 9M ago

We had a party when I turned 19, in the backyard of my friend’s dad’s, who was a church minister. The night before, I’d caught the train from Melbourne to Adelaide, all night in the smoking car with a man […]

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Anna spargo-ryan by Anna Spargo-ryan - 9M ago

8. I was eight when I realised my hand was on backwards, standing in a car park with my friend Fleur, who was a violinist. ‘Isn’t it crazy,’ I said, ‘how you just think about moving your hand and then […]

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Anna spargo-ryan by Anna Spargo-ryan - 9M ago

This originally appeared on the now-gone JustB website. Mother Nature, we need to talk. The thing is, down here in the most southern part of the most southern hemisphere, our bones are frozen. We are grey, cold, tired and stiff. […]

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