A secret child, raised by poultry on an isolated hill farm in New Zealand's Northland, struggles to find his place in the pecking order. More
When Grace Bunyan, the sixteen year old daughter of poor but honest Catholic farmers on a remote Northland farm becomes mysteriously pregnant her parents decide to hide her shame from the outside world. Gordon Bunyan grows up with only Nature as his teacher; particularly the motley flock of poultry with which he shares the front yard. It is only an Act of God that finally releases him into the outside world, a world in which he struggles to find his place in the pecking order.
This black comedy explores the plight of the Innocent Abroad; the pure soul cast loose into a corrupt and venal world who struggles against the institutions of church, government and Polite Society while trying to maintain the lessons he learned in the farm yard.
Tip Face Bunyan has been broadcast on New Zealand's National Radio, optioned for a feature film with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission and is currently in selection for the Commonwealth Book Prize 2013.