Listen to this article as read by the author. The real estate agent told me not to bother cleaning the house. All the serious buyers would be developers, he said: they’d only knock it down. They’d cut down the row of feijoas and the Japanese maple and build all the way to the fence on three sides. And they’d go up, of course, to take advantage of the views. A corner block on the h ... (read more)
Anita Punton has been a television comedy writer and producer for many years, and is currently part of the writing team for the ABC’s Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell. She has a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing and a Masters degree in Creative Writing from RMIT, and her short stories have been published in Australia and the United Kingdom. She lives in Melbourne. Her essay ‘May Day’ was placed second in the 2021 Calibre Essay Prize.