Running out of time: the podcast

Running Out of Time is now an audio podcast on The Drama Pod.


I wrote the first version of this short story in 2008. Cath Kenneally read a draft version of it on Writers’ Radio (Radio Adelaide) in 2009. It was first published in print form in the anthology Short and Twisted 2011 (Celapene Press.)


The latest incarnation was produced by Tim Heffernan.

Zachary: played by Kevin Powe

Jason: played by Tim Heffernan

Jeremy: played by Paul McClean

Kevin: played by Graeme Dunlop

The music Supernatural was generously provided by Kevin Mc Cloud from



Hear the podcast HERE


Thanks to Tim for the cleverly adapted script and the high production values.

Adelaide poetry



Dymocks Adelaide has expanded its poetry range.


On Adelaide Poetry Gig Guide Daniel Watson has just let us know that the Rundle Street store now has new classic anthologies; new ranges on love, loss, war & haiku, local and Australian poets including Geoff Goodfellow’s,‘Waltzing With Jack Dancer’ ,Wet Ink, Luke Davies’ ‘Interferon Psalms’, Kerryn Tredrea’s ‘Adventures in Captivity’ (now in its 2nd ed.), reprints of Sean King’s ‘Empire of the Mind.’


Plus a new Picaro Press shipment including:

Aidan Coleman, Rob Walker, Yahia Al-Samawy, Juliet A. Paine, Graham Catt, Juan Garrido Salgado, David Malouf, Dorothy Porter Tom Shapcott & Adam Aitken.


Adelaide doesn’t have the luxury of Melbourne’s Collected Works (Australia’s biggest – and possibly only – dedicated poetry bookshop) but we are well served by the new Dymocks range as well as Dark Horsey at Lion Arts, Imprints in Hindley Street and Adelaide Booksellers for second-hand and out-of-print.

moths and butterflies

I was in Sa Pa (mountains of northern Vietnam) two days ago when I had  emails from Maggie Emmett of Friendly Street & Julie Walker of RiAus to say that my poem Moths and butterflies had been chosen as a finalist in the RiAus Science Poetry Competition and featured as FS Poem of the Month for November.

Strangely, the day before we’d been on a hike to the Black Hmong village of Cat Cat where we’d seen  multitudes of unfamiliar butterflies…

The poem first appeared in my collection micromacro in 2006.






Moths and Butterflies


go about their work

stoically in grey suits

or grimy blue overalls

pollinating flowers

feed birds and frogs

need fur coats for warmth

working the graveyard shift



Butterflies are showy socialites

sipping nectar at

A-list cocktail parties

All show, no substance,

superficial in their beauty

mwah-mwahing insincere air kisses

to the Beautiful Pupae.



Moths are the working class


waiting for the revolution.



© Rob Walker 2006