Things are snowballing with the Rich Land, Wasteland coal book. One amazing lady has just bought 100 books to send to politicians whom she feels simply must read it to know what they are doing to us. Bacchus Marsh and Inverloch here in Victoria are yet more unthinkable regions for mining/gas to be proposed. When [...]
For interested Sydneysiders, I’m speaking at Hornsby Library at 10 am on Friday 8th June. Phone (02) 9847 6904 for details. Having spoken there for each of my other books, I know it’s always a good event, with keen readers and a lively Q & A after the talk. Novella Fine Books from Wahroonga will [...]
After winning the Alan Marshall Short Story Award in 2002 I spent three months at an historic and extremely atmospheric mud brick house, ‘Birrarung’, near Eltham. This was a writers’ residency courtesy of Parks Victoria and Nillumbik Shire. It became a chapter in my first book, The Woman on the Mountain. So I have a [...]
Click here to listen to my Radio Australia interview about Rich Land, Wasteland with Phil Kafcaloudes.
Last Friday I collected a special parcel at the post office: my copies of the new book! After two years, it’s reality, quite a hefty reality at 453 pages, but that includes the many references. It’s half as many words again as my first book, and in a larger format. The cover looks great, and despite [...]
At last I can tell everyone what I have been working on for the last two years, monopolising my mind and my heart, and near breaking both at times. My new book, Rich Land, Wasteland — how coal is killing Australia, will be in bookshops at the start of May, a joint publishing venture [...]
My first book, The Woman on the Mountain (2007) is sold out, but my publishers, Exisle, have the last 30 copies, returned from shops, so deemed ‘shopsoiled’. I bought ten such myself, as gifts, and I actually couldn’t see anything wrong with them. I have just found out that Exisle are currently offering a special [...]
For anyone who lives on the Central Coast and would like to say hello in person, I am giving a talk at Toukley Library this Thursday 28th October. It will be between 10.30-11.30 at the library in Victoria Street, Toukley. All welcome. Enquiries or bookings to the library on 02 4396 4247.
Under the murky skies of the Hunter Valley, despite its dominance by coalmines and coal-fired power stations, some culture does exist! Singleton talk Next Thursday evening I’ll be speaking at Singleton Library about my book, Mountain Tails and some other matters — apart from my wild neighbours — that stir my passions at present. I’ll also [...]
I have just read Tasmanian writer Rachael Treasure’s new book, The Cattleman’s Daughter. To my mind it’s her best book yet, with clear signs of the maturing writer as well as woman. Like all Rachael’s very popular books, it has a central developing love story and lots of horses, but of equal importance here is [...]
Next Sunday, November 8th, as part of the Wollombi Country Fair, I’ll be heading to church. Not for a sacred service, but to speak at a Literary Morning Tea to be held by my publishers, Exisle, in the historic St. John’s Church at Wollombi. Based at Wollombi, Exisle are very much a part of this [...]
In a few weeks I’ll be heading up the Hunter Valley, past all the horrible coal mines of the two shires south of Upper Hunter Shire to Scone, seat of local government and Horse Capital of Australia. (That’s Scone with a long ‘o’ as in ‘bone’, not Scon(e) with a a short ‘o’ as in [...]