Done and Darbie’d – story extract

It took a special kind of man to ride out into dense scrubland hunting escaped convicts, but Tyrek Lind knew he’d never be that soldier. View from Port Arthur Penitentiary cellHe inhaled sharply as a cluster of eucalyptus brushed past his face; a scent he knew would strengthen as the Tinderbox sun climbed over the forest canopy. He loathed it; the wilderness, the witless horse beneath him. His fear of these ominous, overgrown hills was boundless.

Fear that ran its chill finger down his spine in the dead of night, the fear of being lost while a dead man’s boots trod in his wake, a ghost seeking retribution.

Book cover for The Never Never LandYou can read the rest of my short story ‘Done and Darbie’d’ in The Never Never Land, edited by Mitchell Akhurst, Phillip Berrie and Ian McHugh.

Sunset over the Living Desert

I recently witnessed the most amazing sunset in the Barrier Ranges near Broken Hill. It’s easy to see why so many artists, including Pro Hart, have been inspired by the incredible colours of this landscape.

2015-03-19 Broken Hill Sculptures (27)~2

Sunset over the Living Desert, Broken Hill
Colours of the desert

The Living Desert Reserve includes a Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, which is surrounded by a predator-proof fence. The Sanctuary has been set up to preserve the plants and animals in the reserve, and the Aboriginal heritage of the area.

Standing on the edge of the world

30km northwest from Broken Hill lie the Mundi Mundi Plains, where films such as Mad Max II and Priscilla Queen of the Desert were filmed. It’s said you can see the curvature of the earth from this stunning view – what do you think?

View of the Mundi Mundi Plains
Mundi Mundi Plains, New South Wales