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GIG. Bill Direen and the Builders. Crown, Dunedin, February 13th with guests & percussionist and drummer Steve Cournane; Stuart Porter (Primitiva Art Group); Greig Bainbridge (bass); Darryl Baser, Tim Player, Lucy Hunter, Reg Norris; David Eggleton performance poet. Opposite Sex!
Support starts 9:30. Evening ends 12.30am.

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Passive erasure of a people in captivity. An Englishman entangled in a petty art theft in Paris. A wealth-connected virus. Overdose and coma. A population wakes up in a biosphere, is fed regularly, develops its own laws and stimulants, and is divided between law-enforcing cannibals and dreamers. A madman hears the voice of God and prophesies the downfall of his city; he goes mad when his people are not destroyed. New Zealand at war in a post-apocalyptic ecological nightmare. This is the stuff of my novels so far (1997-2016).

Sample them for free here.

The latest issue of lit-mag Percutio (2015) assembled the strange and the wonderful from several countries.
Percutio/JAAM Commentary at Jacket2.

The Ballad of Rue Belliard (novel, 2012) was set on the outskirts of Paris. brief #48.

Wormwood (novel, 1997) -- “Entropy and death read as metaphors for the implosion of post-war Europe and the failure of capitalism.”[Virginia Were, NZ Listener, 23 June 1997]

Song of the Brakeman (novel, 2006) --“a vividly conceived world here, manifesting slowly and brilliantly through its accumulating signs”.[Jen Crawford, Landfall 214, November 2007]

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