SHORT STORIES

My collected short stories will appear in two volumes. They will be released on Kindle and in print versions, available for order through all the retailers serviced by Ingram Spark. They will also be available from the Blackwing Press website currently under construction. You will be able to pay through Paypal (including Mastercard and Visa).

Revolutionary Baby’s stories are mostly from the twentieth century.  For people under thirty, this is like history, like. For older people, they call up a past now quickly slipping away, a world without mobiles, the Internet, Netflix and Facebook. Stories of nostalgia and strange desires, they take us from Australia into the “international” world of  London, Bali, and Thailand, where late twentieth century Australians still go to lose and find themselves.

Radiant Sands is set mostly in the Australian outback in even earlier times when it was possible to exist almost completely outside the rules and expectations of modern urban Australia. The stories are 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. 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.

Here are a couple of draft covers.

Revolutionary Baby 2

 

RADIANT SANDS 1 AH (1)

Another life in words

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