A prize-winning author Garry McDougall brings a fresh new collection of stories from France and Spain. He casts his eye over its colourful towns. He draws inspiration from each town's weird, violent and peculiar histories including real and reimagined évents. These towns shape their people.
His style is colourful, intense and full of vivid images, like:
'I am pilgrim to Nogaro, north of Pau, south of Brive, east of the Atlantic, west of Shanghai beer. Watching TV Rugby in southern France, it's Pau v Brive; thirty men wrestling in the mud, rucking, mucking and mauling merrily, the thirty-first man blowing his whistle. No reason.'
About the Author
Garry has extensive travel and teaching expérience, won Australian ecoturism, community project and literary prizes and grants, including for a NSW Bicentennial Project, 'Great North Walk', a 250km walking track. After many years proprietorship of Great Australian Walks, he focused on creative work - * photography and painting exhibitions * poetry performance and articles in popular and literary media * ten eBooks and six paperbacks, including two novels. Recent Awards: WINNER, Peter Cowan Short Story Prize, 2015, with 'Patting the Dog', included in 'Inner Flash'; Highly Commended, Peter Cowan Short Story Prize, 2013; Second, National Poetry Prize, 2014. His first novel, 'Belonging', is a fictional-biography of a 'black doctor' in colonial Australia. His second, 'Forgetting and Remembering' or Trust', where an indigenous-death-in-custody and the disappearance of a Bicentennial official,creates merry-hell on an outback town - 'a murder-mystery turned UPSIDE DOWN DOWN-UNDER! His current third novel, 'Knowing Simone', in Victor Hugo's France. In the last years of its dictatorial 'Third Empire', Patrice, a young anarchist on-the-run, meets a powerful women in a precarious situation. Patrice sets out to 'know' Simone, their unlikely alliance involving sex, perversity, intrigue and betrayal. A case of dynamite romance that rocks the Empire. Garry is current president of the Balmain Institute, a member of 'That Authors Collective' and 'Diverse' poetry group. He lives in the great and beautiful Sydney.