Deborah Sheldon


Deborah Sheldon is an author and screenwriter living in Melbourne, Australia. Her credits include television scripts (such as Australia’s Most Wanted, Neighbours, State Coroner), feature articles for national magazines (such as Australian Penthouse, Prevention, Australian Wellbeing), and non-fiction books (Reed Books, Random House). Her medical writing includes the internationally award-winning CD ROM SomaZone, patient information for Australian and Australasian medical associations, and the Better Health Channel web site. Her play is a finalist in the 2009 Eltham Little Theatre national Ten Minute Quickie competition and will be performed in May. Her short stories have appeared (or will appear) in Quadrant magazine, Polestar Writers’ Journal, Australian Reader, Southern Ocean Review, page seventeen, The Outpost, Positive Words, FreeXpresSion and Eclecticism. Her website is


The Birthday Present

The engine cut out with a wheeze and the car sank into its shockers. The kid was in the back and Don could just make out the top of its fuzzy head swinging from side to side.

Getting and Giving

For someone who reckoned he didn't give a stuff, he sure cared about being the only cock on the walk, if you get me.



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