BUSTED in the bad old days!
As the deadline for Bjelke Blues – the anthology I’m editing for AndAlso Books –approaches, here’s a story of mine about that time, “Busted”. It was first published in Griffith REVIEW 21 Hidden QLD and has recently been published online on the Artist Run Initiatives REMIX website
“Busted” is a story about the bad old days in QLD when election boundaries were rigged, corruption was rife, marches were banned, and police had way too much power.
READ BUSTED HERE
And if you have a story about being on the wrong side of the political fence during the Bjelke Petersen regime I’d love to hear from you.
Deadline is February 25 so you’ll have to hurry.
Let me know what you think of my story 🙂
Hope you enjoy it.
Lots of love,
Yes, I know I’m being greedy having two launches but I liked the first one so much I thought I’d do it again, this time in Sydney.
So, if you’re down south, put Tuesday the 3rd July in your diary. I’d love to see you. The wonderful people at Better Read than Dead in Newtown are hosting the event. I really appreciate their support. Independent booksellers are some of the best people in the world.
I am really excited that the fabulous Julianne Schultz, editor of Griffith REVIEW, one of Australia’s most respected literary journals, will be doing the official launching this time.
In 2008 I won the Griffith REVIEW award for most promising new writer which was a much-needed boost to my fragile writerly esteem and kept me going. They’ve published a few of my pieces, most of which were culled from earlier versions of Thrill Seekers. “The Raft”, a chapter from Thrill Seekers, “State of Emergency”, “The Heaviness of Keys” and “Busted” (0ne of my favourites!).
In my early twenties I lived in Sydney. First in Kings Cross in my wildest days, and then later in Surry Hills while I was teaching at Minda Juvenile Justice Centre where I heard some of the stories that have fed into Thrill Seekers. I’m excited about sharing this launch with my old friends who still live there and those who are coming from further afield to reconnect and celebrate.
It should be lots of fun! See you there!