River Run – Set during the heady years of the 1950s wool boom.

There's always a story behind a story. When I began thinking about my seventh novel, River Run, I sat down with my parents to chat about the 1950s. I wanted to to write about this era as it's such a rich period in Australian history - Communism, the cold war, the aftermath of two world [...]

Aboriginal Scar Trees

Aboriginal scar trees. You may well have driven, rode or hiked past one of these woody plants without even noticing. These trees are different from other tree scars caused by naturally occurring phenomenon such as bush fires and lightning as they’re man-made and invariably many decades old. Once extremely common, Aboriginal scar trees have been [...]

Albert Namatjira – a man between two worlds

If you’ve read my novel, Wild Lands, you’re familiar with Bronzewing, one of the lead characters. He’s a young white man, raised in an Aboriginal community, schooled by an early settler family. He was a man between two worlds. In Alice Springs in the mid 1900s, Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira experienced this same disjuncture between [...]

By | September 26th, 2016|Art & Art history, Blog, Inspiration|1 Comment

Arthur Boyd – An artist with a conscience

Looking back at Australian history, it’s humbling to know that an individual like artist Arthur Boyd existed. He was one of those unique people who fought to expose the social injustices within our society and through his art, built a strong platform to share his views. In the late 20th century he was one of [...]

By | September 26th, 2016|Art & Art history, Blog, Inspiration|0 Comments

A Sixty Year Obsession

Coiled, sprung and greased he waits. All cracked water-melon smile wavering towards the short soft rays of dawn. The year’s passing, pokered straight by heat held days and fading vision. Am I the determined settler, carver of great tracts of land? Or merely consumed by naivety? Tar coated railings quiver beneath indecisiveness or [...]

By | July 29th, 2016|A WRITERS LIFE, Blog|0 Comments

Frederick McCubbin takes us along the Wallaby track.

I always admire artists who capture the true essence of the Australian outback, those who portray it in an honest and raw fashion. Frederick McCubbin is one such artist. He started painting the suburbs of inner Melbourne, but finished with his art adorning galleries across the world. His mesmerising interpretations of the Australian bush reflect [...]

By | July 21st, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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