My new novel, Hinterland, will be released by UQP in July 2017. We’ll have an Outspoken event up here in Maleny to launch it. On that occasion I’ll be in conversation with Kate Evans from ABC Radio National.
I am the author of two previous novels. 88 Lines About 44 Women (Penguin, Viking, 2009), is a contemporary story set in both Scotland and Australia. It is narrated by Lawrence Martin, sometime keyboard player in one of Australia’s more successful rock bands from the ‘80s. The novel was short-listed for two major fiction awards in 2010.
My first novel, An Accidental Terrorist (UQP, 2005) won two prestigious awards: the UTS Award for New Writing in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Best Emerging Author. It was also longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for best first novel.
My other works include the illustrated non-fiction work, A Strong Brown God (Lang House Press, 2010), based on the play performed at the Metro Arts Theatre in Brisbane in 1996. I have had several short stories and articles published in anthologies, newspapers and literary magazines. I also tutored and lectured extensively in Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast. I have a Masters in Creative Industries from QUT, specialising in writing for film.
My wife, Chris Francis, and I are the directors of Outspoken, an extended writer’s festival held in Maleny which takes the form of conversations between myself and visiting writers. Among the many who have featured are Tim Winton, Alexander McCall Smith, Richard Fidler, Richard Ford, Karen Joy Fowler, Henry Reynolds, Patrick Gale, Christos Tsiolkas, Kate Grenville, Ann Patchett, Ruth Ozeki, Thomas Keneally and John Birmingham. Please follow the link to the website for details of up-coming events or to register to receive notifications. Chris is the co-owner of Maleny Bookshop.
I am active in the environmental movement around the Maleny district. From 2012-14 I was President of Maleny District Green Hills Fund, a community organisation. Now I’m just a member, but while I was a director and president we attracted several hundred thousand dollars of Federal and other funding for projects involving creekside revegetation. I am presently on the board of Lake Baroon Catchment Care, where I hold the role of secretary.