Archive for the Writing Category

The Worst First Date in the History of the World

Posted in Fiction, sexual misadventure, Writing with tags , , on October 9, 2018 by Jarrod Boyle


There is something confronting about the disembodied voice of a stranger on the telephone, particularly when it’s someone you may fall in love with. Continue reading

Published – Review of Australin Fiction

Posted in Fiction, Writing with tags on November 19, 2015 by Jarrod Boyle


I have had a short story published in this edition of The Review of Australian Fiction.

Please feel free to buy a copy if you feel so moved.

Worshipping at the Temple of Squat

Posted in Fiction, Real Men, Statement of intention, Writing with tags , , on April 8, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle


Greetings Dear Reader,

As you may have noticed, I have undergone a prolonged absence. It has not been because I have been doing other things; rather, an extraordinary occurrence overtook me a month ago and completely sapped me of the desire to write. It wasn’t negative, but so profound I haven’t been able to do much other than go to work. Nothing painful; just dazzling. I may write about it at a later stage.

I am getting back on the horse and starting to produce some essays and the like. In the meantime, I thought I’d post this chapter from the novel I’ve been working on for the last nine months. I’ll have it finished soon and will publish more of it accordingly. I thought to post this today because I went to the gym and engaged in one of my absolute favorite activities; squatting with a barbell across my back. Perhaps you share my enthusiasm. Otherwise, perhaps this piece will give you a doorway into it.

Enjoy. Continue reading


Posted in Observation, Writing with tags , , , , on March 13, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

Cover-Island-136-e1394515816623I have contributed an essay to this edition of Island Magazine on the relationship between writing and fighting called, ‘Fighting Words’.

This is the longest feather in my cap so far. Legitimate publication!

You can check it out here:

Or buy the magazine at Readings Bookstores.


Home-Made Pornography OR, The Girl in the Red Photo and the Trouble She Caused

Posted in Love letters, Pornography, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

More than anything else, this piece has gotten me into a lot of trouble. And, I expect,  will continue to do so. Even though it was inspired by one woman, it has come to involve a number of others, none of whom were happy about it. Continue reading


Posted in Fiction, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2013 by Jarrod Boyle


When I was a little kid, my sisters and I had a baby-sitter after school. She wasn’t very interested in us; stuck pretty much to reading her romance novels. And to get the peace and quiet required to read, she’d plonk us down in front of a lot of Walt Disney films.

My favourite? Sleeping Beauty. Maleficent the witch queen reminded me of the women in the magazines my father kept hidden in his study. Brazen and powerful, they stared down the camera and into me with a mixture of desire and contempt. Continue reading

Zen in the Art of Archery

Posted in Fitness, Kickboxing, Writing with tags , , , , on August 1, 2011 by Jarrod Boyle

More than almost any other book, Zen in the Art of Archery has shaped the way I live – and experience – life. Continue reading

T.C. Boyle – 'After The Plague'.

Posted in Reading, Writing with tags , on July 12, 2011 by Jarrod Boyle


T.C. Boyle is a modern master. 

Anyone who has been following my book and film reviews has probably, as a result, primarily formed a picture of me as a critic; embittered as a result of his own frustrated attempts to be published, etc. etc. Therefore, it comes as a great relief to be able to say that I have finally read something I really liked. Continue reading

The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later

Posted in Journalism, Writing with tags , , , on May 25, 2011 by Jarrod Boyle

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I went to see Red Stitch Theatre’s production of The Tectonic Theatre Group’s play The Laramie Project – 10 Years’ Later on Saturday night. It is an interesting thing, going to a cultural event in Inner-City Melbourne. I’m going to put it to you like this, and in so doing, possibly reveal myself as paranoid, Continue reading

"Talent is a Species of Vigour."

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , on February 27, 2011 by Jarrod Boyle

I did my final four years of high school at Melbourne Grammar. Whenever I hear the song ‘Know your Enemy’ by Rage Against the Machine, it takes me back to wearing  the blue school uniform, milling around the Old Bluestone:

“Yes I know my enemies,

They’re the teachers who taught me to fight me








the elite 

all of which are American dreams.”

I hated the place. Continue reading

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