I was born in Alice Springs and grew up on remote cattle stations in the Territory and Queensland, then in Flinders Ranges sheep country. Childhood was falling off horses and motorbikes, yabbying in dams, outrunning wild pigs, and piloting a tinny crewed by my siblings on a tributary of the Barcoo River. There were stints when we had no TV, just books and Country and Western tapes. The soundtrack? Crows by day, dingoes by night.
As a young man I travelled and worked in Asia and Europe for years. I covered the last ten thousand kilometres by bicycle, camping out in forests and fields.
So much for romance. Nowadays, I live in Melbourne and juggle teaching, writing and family life. On a climbing trip in 2001, I met the love of my life, Claudia. Together we co-authored two marvellous boys. In 2017 and 2018, we all lived in Claudia’s native Poland, where I researched and wrote my first novel, and the boys had to improve their Polish fast to get by at school.
In recent years, I’ve had a few international publications and I was one of 15 Australian poets from the last hundred years included in Les Murray’s Australian section of Another English: Anglophone poems from around the world. This site archives a selection of poems and short stories previously published in Australian and international journals.
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