Interview 2 of The Never Never Land authors – Thoraiya Dyer

 

The ebook launch of The Never Never Land, CSFG’s speculative anthology of Australian myths, yarns and campfire stories, is coming on 1 July 2016. We interviewed some of the authors to hear what inspired their unique version of the sunburnt country. “Tirari Desert, Saturday” by Thoraiya Dyer is a pointed story of border protection, journalistic integrity and violent xenophobia. It opens The Never Never Land.…

via The Never Never Authors – Thoraiya Dyer — CSFG

Interview with one of my fellow authors from The Never Never Land – Rivqa Rafael

 

The ebook launch of The Never Never Land, CSFG’s speculative anthology of Australian myths, yarns and campfire stories, is coming on 1 July 2016. We interviewed some of the authors to hear what inspired their unique version of the sunburnt country. ‘Beyond the Factory Wall’ by Rivqa Rafael is about Jewish magic and steampunk inventions…

via The Never Never Authors – Rivqa Rafael — CSFG

Black cockatoos – calling down the rain?

Black cockatoos at duskI’m seeing these yellow tailed black cockatoos regularly at the moment, usually in a flock of three to five, but the night I took this photo there were at least ten of them, and plenty of sulfur crested cockatoos too.

According to Australian mythology, black cockatoos are a herald of rain. I haven’t found that to be the case but they are still a pretty amazing sight. This lot were very shy the first time I saw them but now seem to be used to me crashing around with my camera in the paddocks below, trying to get that perfect shot.

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.

TransmUTE – mosaic Holden ute at Deniliquin

Transmute – to change the nature, form or appearance of something

Mosaic car Mosaic Holden Ute

TransmUTE is a mosaic sculpture created out of an old Holden utility. It is located at the Heritage Centre in Deniliquin, a town in Western New South Wales.

Established where the major stock routes met along the way to New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, Deni is also home to the world’s biggest ute muster, which pays tribute to Australia’s love affair with the ute as a vehicle for work and play.