November 2019. I'm hugely grateful to Australia's Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) for awarding me the 2020 Author Fellowship. For the first time in two decades(+) I can spend a year writing, not having to get up at 4am to get some work done, giving up endless hours I should be spending with family. CAL is a major support (and income stream) for so many Australian authors and artists.
October 2019. I wrote this piece about the arterial road, North East Road, that forms much of the setting of This Excellent Machine. This is a landscape of payday lenders, grog shops, and car detailers.
Speaking of closing schools, here’s my primary school, Gilles Plains, taking a last gasp before it’s forever shuttered, sold off to developers. Luckily, there’s a White Lady Funerals next door. What was once a Savings Bank of South Australia, a visiting teller who told us it was great, wasn’t it, kids, how you could save five cents a week and before you knew it have a bike, then a car, then a house. She never mentioned the billions they’d make screwing us for the next 50 years.
September 2019. First Thought describes the last minutes of a wheel-well stowaway, over London, as I try to imagine the thoughts, the hopes, that led him (in his Dreamliner) to the West. Published in the excellent Burning House Press, and September's guest editor, Yanina Spizzirri.
September 2019. Anne Cawrse's wonderfully evocative piano piece Time's Long Ruin.
September 2019. The Pimm's is getting pricey. This piece asks what festivals (Edinburgh, Adelaide) are really about. Cultural samplers, propaganda, networking, corporate smooches?
What if the Festival is for the few? What if it’s now part of some leftover cultural cringe where locals, assuming anything familiar is shit, save all their money for a sneak peek at Kosky’s latest? What if the AF actually detracts from our understanding of ourselves, our aspirations, our dreams, our imaginings? What if all the government money thrown at the top end might be better used at the low-to-middle creative end?
July 2019. I chatted to Samela Harris about her father, Max, the Ern Malley years, the obscenity trial, and what all of this might have meant about Australia's literary coming-of-age. Published in The Advertiser.
July 2019. The very excellent Burning House Press have published one of my short, short stories: 'From where the birch takes the sun'. It's set in a small German town in early 1945, and introduces 12 year old Peter Maier.
July 2019. My take on Surveillance Capitalism, why we need to get angrier about lost privacy, and the problem I have with my Glaswegian genes. In Indaily. Also in Indaily, a column about anger, and the art of ranting.
February 2019. Another Adelaide Review piece I wrote about the death of the social contract. Or, in other words, how much your government doesn't really love you.
January 2019. Here are four short features I wrote about a few of my favourite books. All were published in Indaily.
1. Under the Volcano
2. Wise Blood
4. Pedro Paramo
2018. A chat with Philip Adams on Late Night Live about The Fierce Country.
The door opens and two men, one wearing a balaclava and holding a rifle, the other a floppy hat and dark glasses, enter the room. One says, “School’s over for today, kids.” Christine thinks it’s some sort of joke, someone’s dad or brother trying to scare them, but soon realises, from the look on her teacher’s face, that this is the real thing.