I’m not a ‘good flyer’, but once the panic at takeoff subsides, I am always agog at the fantastic cloud landscapes we pass, like these escarpments and plains and scudding ‘sheep’. I’m glad to be home but the Tassie tour was well worthwhile. My ‘Rich Land, Wasteland’ talks to audiences in Cygnet, Hobart, Burnie and [...]
Just before I left my mountain, this beautifully fat and glossy Red-bellied Black snake came to say goodbye and bon voyage. By the time I get back from these Tassie talks, he could well be asleep in one of his many hidey holes. When I first got here it was warmer than my wardrobe planning [...]
Mount Lindsay in the Tarkine — threatened by mining. Photo: Rob Blakers. On 27th March I’m flying to Hobart to begin a series of talks on the runaway resources boom, whatever that moneymaker might be: coal, gas, iron ore or…? Let’s dig it all up and see what we can get for it. Damage? What [...]
Over 2012, Paola Cassoni and I have worked together to use her Bimblebox film and my Rich Land, Wasteland book as our tools to raise awareness, to shock Australians into action. Wherever I speak, if I am allowed, I have the Bimblebox DVDs for sale. For background. see my recent Bimblebox posts: Beyond Coal and [...]
In a few weeks I’m heading back up to Queensland, to revisit some of the places in my Rich Land, Wasteland book, as in the chapter ‘Dark times in the sunshine state’ and others. The catalyst was that I’ve been invited to speak at the Beyond Coal and Gas Forum, which will be held in [...]
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.
You can hear my April 23 interview with Phillip Adams on ABC Radio National’s Late Night Live as a podcast or as streaming audio here.
My new book, Rich Land, Wasteland, will be in the shops this coming week. Now begins the media — the using of the tool, which is how I see the book. I’ll be on the panel of ABC News 24 TV’s ‘The Drum’ at 6.30 on Monday 23rd — that’s today —and I’ll also be [...]
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 [...]