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 am back home now but I was locked down to Australia for 14 months during the pandemic.

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 research Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from The University of Wollongong, Australia, in 2012.

Since then I have taken my literary pursuits to a new level by self-publishing my first two novels, How to be a Good Veronica, and the sequel Veronica Tries to be Good Again, and a short story collection, Social Distancing, which can be found online via Tablo Publishing. Go to the ‘Published Works’ page for the links to these three ebooks.

I also have two novels with a literary agent in Australia.

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 Tóibín (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)

Frank Moorhouse (Australian)

Hannah Kent (Australian)

Alan Hollinghurst (British)

John Boyne (Irish)

James Joyce (Irish)

Anne Enright (Irish)

Hanya Yanagihara (American)

8 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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