Politics and Writing (Fiction)

I have long been engaged in writing-fiction and non-fiction- and I have always been attentive to politics. I have written non-fiction work about politics, and I have written fiction that had an underlying political resonance. Politics and writing are inescapably intertwined. First, let me explain what I mean by politics. Politics refers of course toContinue reading “Politics and Writing (Fiction)”

The Wire, revisited

I’ve been re-watching the TV series The Wire which originally screened between 2002 and 2008. When I saw it the first time I thought it was one of the best pieces of TV drama ever made, and as I view it for a second time I still hold that opinion. The series has stood theContinue reading “The Wire, revisited”

On Reasons to Write

In the early months of 2020, Australia- where I live- experienced its worst ever bush fires. Climate scientists agree that climate change has made the fires more frequent and more intense than they might otherwise have been. Yes, the sunburnt country has always experienced bushfires, but nothing with the ferocity we witnessed this year. IContinue reading “On Reasons to Write”

The Value of Not-Knowing

As a young man I enjoyed reading and studying. I was curious and wanted to ‘know things’: I wanted to know about people; I wanted to know about how the world worked; I wanted to know about how we could make the world a better place; and I want to know about myself. As anContinue reading “The Value of Not-Knowing”