Short Stories

Two volumes of short stories will appear in early 2019. They will be released on Amazon Kindle and through I-Books and other ebook sellers. Print versions will be available for order through all the retailers serviced by Ingram Spark. In Australia they can be ordered from Book Depository and other major suppliers, or from your local bookshop. They will later be available from the Blackwing Press website currently under construction.

Go Left at the River is a collection of stories from the twentieth century. For people under thirty, this is like history, like. It is a past now slipping away, almost forgotten, a world without mobiles, the Internet, Netflix, Facebook. These are stories about politics, bodies, power, gender, nostalgia and strange desires. They take us from Australia into the “international” world of  London, Bali, and Thailand, where Australians still go to lose and find themselves.

Radiant Sands is set mostly in the Australian outback when life was lived almost completely outside the expectations of modern urban Australia. The stories are fictional but are based on my experiences of life in remote Australia living in Alice Springs and on 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. 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 they say “The past is another country”, but this is another country within another country.

The final cover designs will incorporate some beautiful photographic images. I am deeply grateful to Nick Rains for generously giving me permission to use this image for Radiant Sands.

Photograph: Nick Rains. Simpson Desert.