There’s more on the blink than a car engine beneath the scorching outback Australian sun in Susan McCreery’s ‘Breakdown’. Ali and Emma share a coffee break while listening to actor Mark Dessiax reading ‘Breakdown’ and follow up with a wide-ranging discussion which looks at the many layers of this short short fiction. Join the conversation on the Coffee Pod|cast Facebook page, here.

‘Breakdown’ is published in Susan McCreery’s collection Loopholes by Spineless Wonders.

About the Author

SUSAN MCCREERY is a writer from Thirroul, NSW. Her microfiction has been published by Spineless Wonders (Writing To The Edge, Flashing The Square, Out of Place), as well as by Seizure and Cuttlefish.  In 2014 she was awarded a Varuna fellowship and an Australia Society of Authors mentorship for her short story collection. She has worked as professional proofreader for the past eighteen years, and when not at her desk she can be found swimming long distances in the ocean.

About the Actor

MARK DESSAIX is the recipient of an ongoing scholarship to the Stella Adler Academy of Acting in Los Angeles. He  is currently living in New York where he continues to study acting for stage and film.


Presenters: Ali Morris and Emma Walsh
Producer: Bronwyn Mehan
Theme music: James Seymour
Production Assistant: Hannah Oakshott

Coffee Pod|cast has been produced with the support of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and we wish to also acknowledge the support of Little Fictions by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund and the City of Sydney Matching Grants program.

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