For Overland’s 60th year, fiction editor Jen Mills has asked four contemporary writers to respond – with fiction – to a story from their archives. I chose Josephina Anna Maria by Katherine Susannah Prichard, first published in Overland 12, 1958.

It’s a lovely thing: contained and emotive, with striking images. The wet dirt, the tiny, bare hut, and the bright “animal eyes” of the baby, Josephina, stayed with me for some time. From it, I took ideas of exchange; disturbed earth; the silence of women; burial sites; migration, and I wrote a story about a girl and some lizards.

I called it Nativity.