canaries in the sunshine: progress report

I’ve been tapping away each day on my latest project, a collection of poems focused on inventors of energy machines and some questions about science that this field raises. The working title is Canaries in the Sunshine (A Celebration of the Coming Century of Radiant Energy). I set myself the goal of chronicling a few …

i came back: it’s published

This novel is part of my journey, as a resident of Sydney and as a novelist of contemporary Australia. My first memory of any interest in writing about the Georges River was a set of five 500 word short stories I wrote as part of my involvement in a writers group at the South Coast …

eulogy: gerald william mcgowan 1936-2021

I was asked to provide a three minutely eulogy for my father at the church service for his funeral: Gerald, my father, was born in North Sydney in 1936, into a period of human history on the verge of amazing expansion. He attended Saint Aloysius Primary School in Milson’s Point and then went to Saint …

found poems a

I am endlessly fascinated by the genre of found poems. I first learned about them while studying my masters in creative arts at university and have since then developed an eye for the found poem, a series of prose words I pluck from a text and render as a poem. They are fun to discover …

review: people of the river by grace karskens

Grace Karsken’s People of the River is an account of the early years of the colony of Sydney’s farming communities along the Nepean-Hawksbury River (Dyarubbin). There’s a Latin saying, the wise man discerns things which the ass confuses*, and I have to admit that after reading this book we Australians have been a bunch of …

review: our colourful world by ling dingnian

Over Chinese New Year this year, I received as a gift a copy of a book called Our Colourful World. It’s a collection of 54 short stories by mainland Chinese writer, Ling Dingnian. On the cover of the book, he, or perhaps his publisher, describes his writings as mini-novels. That really doesn’t translate well into …

covid19 and ru4ut?

National news this week has prompted me to upload this blog as a service to the community. As usual, it also offers some insight into my previous writing/publishing efforts related to the subject. I refer to a beneficial health practice sometimes called the Waters of Life, and also know as Urine Therapy (UT), ie the …

review: against the day by thomas pynchon

After reading Against the Day, I can reaffirm Thomas Pynchon as a writer on the leading edge, one with enormous creative muscle and a masterly control of the English language, one who can delight and entertain us with a universe of crazy details in so many different fields of human endeavour, but particularly in science, …