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We Need to Talk About Kevin


Barry Church-Woods I use the word kismet far too much for someone who is only a little bit Arabic in the face. I guess beshert would be a better fit for my cultural sensibilities, though again, I’ve never been to temple. Either way; you catch my drift. I live in […]

The cult of in-ing


Dating is hard enough. But try making it work with an emotionally crippled closeted artist. Barry Church-Woods tackles his demons Have you ever been ined? In-ing is a strange phenomenon where people around you would prefer that you’re not a gay. It comes in particularly useful to those who find homosexuality […]

Matthew Flinders – hello, sailor! Michael Burge


SPECULATION about the sexual orientation of iconic English seaman Matthew Flinders rose like a colourful maritime flag over a decade ago when previously unknown letters surfaced, including emotionally charged passages written by Flinders to fellow explorer George Bass. In his 2007 Meanjin article “Exploring love: did they or didn’t they?” […]

The question we forgot to ask.


BCW reflects on last week’s general election and pledges to make a difference. It’s been a bleak few days in the UK for most of us. By ‘us’ I mean normal people who like other people and were raised with compassion.  You see, something happened.  Something that broke my heart. […]

An open letter from Tim Cook


Tim Cook is chief executive of Apple. There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country. A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national […]