Candidly caught off guard.

Candidly caught off guard.

I am an Australian writer living in the village of Penestanan, next to the cultural centre of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Writing, to me, is in the same category as eating: necessary.

I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from The University of Wollongong, Australia, in 2012. My MA thesis was a study of negation as a post-colonial tool of  ‘writing back’ using as examples, Peter Carey’s Jack Maggs, J.M. Coetzee’s Foe, and Patrick White’s A Fringe of Leaves. My creative project was a stage play, Nagasaki, set in San Francisco, USA, and Nagasaki, Japan in 1905. It is a post-colonial re-telling of the ‘Madame Butterfly’ story.

Since then I have taken my literary pursuits to a new level by self-publishing my first novel, Veronica Comes Undone, on smashwords.com in August 2014. The sequel Veronica Spreads it Around was published in June 2015. Smashwords is an American platform and the task of getting an ‘alien’ tax number from the Internal Revenue office in Austin Texas proved impossible. Therefore I unpublished them from Smashwords and re-published them on an Australian publishing platform, Tablo, that handles all tax issues with any sales on iBooks. With the re-pubishing I also renamed them: How to be a Good Veronica and Veronica Tries to be God Again. Go to the ‘Published Works’ page for the links to these two ebooks. You can also find them here.

I write scripts, plays, poetry, short stories, and essays as well as fiction.

I also read … a lot.

Favourite writers:

(in no particular order)

Colm Toibin (Irish)

Tim Winton (Australian)

Ian McEwan (British)

Henry James (American)

Virginia Woolf  (British) – see my essay on Virginia Woolf in ‘Posts’.

John Williams (American)

Jane Bowles (American)

Charles Dickens (British)

Wilkie Collins (British)

George Elliot (British)

Patrick White (Australian)

Damon Galgut (South African)

W Somerset Maugham (British)

Christos Tsiolkas (Australian)

Patrick Gale (British)

Alan Bennett (British)

Hannah Kent (Australian)

Alan Hollinghurst (British)


3 thoughts on “About

  1. Michael – at last, a few moments of peace & reflection – memories of 1970’s Adelaide, South Australia, & our shared amateur theatrical experiences.
    More importantly, to read of your journey into the world’s of reading, writing and associated areas.
    Now, hopefully a new shared journey!

    Fond remembrances, Michael Speers [currently on our beloved Kangaroo Island].


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