yarn (jɑːn) n

1. (Textiles) a continuous twisted strand of natural or synthetic fibres, used in weaving, knitting, etc
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) informal a long and often involved story or account, usually telling of incredible or fantastic events
3. spin a yarn informal
(intr) to tell such a story or stories

Drowned Rat

I’m sitting in the sick bay at the surf life saving club. My nephew, Isaac, has a headache and a sore tummy, so I brought him here to rest in the cool and the shade. He has fallen asleep on a thin mattress in the corner and I’m sitting beside him in one of those […]


Drifting under the stars

We’re in Martinborough at my cousin’s house, a beautiful old 1920s villa sitting on 15 acres of sunburnt Wairarapa whenua. It’s dry and dusty and the horizon shimmers with a fiery glow that makes a person think of mirages in the desert. And thirst. Parched throat, dry lips. In the distance the Ruakokoputuna ranges stand like […]