My collected short stories will appear in two volumes. They will be released on Kindle with Createspace and Ingram Spark print versions. The print versions will be available for purchase from this website and from the dedicated Blackwing Press website currently under construction.
Revolutionary Baby is a collection of stories largely set in the twentieth century. For people under thirty, this is almost historical reading. For older people, many of the conditions of existence and events will be part of the near past. These stories could hardly take place in the present, largely because of changes in the communication system. The nostalgia and strange desires which permeate these stories could not happen in our world of saturation images, television, internet and above all mobile phones. The stories in Revolutionary Baby take place not only in Australia but also in London, Bali, and Thailand, locations where late twentieth century Australians have long made themselves at home.
Radiant Sands is also set in the twentieth century, this time mostly in the Australian outback, in even earlier times, when it was truly possible to exist almost completely outside the rules and expectations of modern urban Australia. The stories are all fictional but are based on my experiences of life in remote Australia living in Aboriginal communities and settlements. Many of the events which are mentioned in these stories did happen, or were said to have happened. The line between history and imagination is very thin in places where there are few records and many of the people who were there at the time are now dead. I knew and appreciated many old people, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, but very few survive today. People who know Australia through four-wheel drive touring and outback adventure camping may feel familiarity with the landscape and spaces described in these stories, but the social realities are another thing. As is famously said “The past is another country”, but this is another country within another country. Life in remote Australia in the 1940s-1980s is almost unimaginable today.