Lech Blaine


Lech Blaine is a writer from Toowoomba. His first book, Car Crash: A Memoir , was published by Black Inc. in 2021. His work has also appeared in The Monthly, Kill Your Darlings, Seizure, The Lifted Brow, Tincture and Voiceworks, among others.

You can read more writing at his website: www.lechblaine.com


On surviving survivor’s guilt

MemoirMY MOTHER’S ASHES got scattered at the end of Australia’s Black Summer. She’d been dead for eighteen months. But her family – my five foster siblings and their twelve children – hadn’t been together since the funeral. Now we belatedly congregated...

Those who trespass against us

MemoirMY CHILDHOOD ENDED when I was ten. It was the 21 March 2002. The subdued beauty of an autumn afternoon in Toowoomba. Cool enough to be winter. Dying light and green leaves. A yellow dome glowing in the western skies. Mort...

The bystander

MemoirNo matter how you twist it, life stays frozen in the headlights John Ashbery     THERE WERE SEVEN of us. Five in the car, two in the boot. We were driving to a party no one knew for sure was happening. This is...

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