We fell into the ocean backwards, making the OK signal for the camera. Later I replayed that footage several times, but it never seemed accurate: all flailing flippers and ungainly limbs, smiles stretched around the mouthpiece, that messy shattering of the surface. Nothing like the slow, deadly grace of being underwater.
Meg Mundell’s short fiction has been published in Best Australian Stories, New Australian Stories, Modern Australian Stories, Meanjin, Sleepers Almanac, and The Big Issue fiction edition. Her journalism has appeared in the Age, The Monthly, Sydney Morning Herald, and the Brisbane Times. She’s now doing a PhD on how authors research sense of place in literature (University of Western Sydney), and finishing a memoir on outback trucking. Meg’s first novel, Black Glass (Scribe), was released in March 2011 to critical acclaim.
From the New Issue
The Stranger Artist: Life at the edge of Kimberley painting by Quentin SpragueReviewed by Luke Stegemann
CommentaryReviewed by Robert Wood
PoliticsReviewed by Lyndon Megarrity