Charlie Canning


Charlie Canning taught English for ten years at three universities in Japan before receiving a PhD in creative writing from the University of Adelaide in 2012. He has published a novel set on a Buddhist pilgrimage in Japan called "The 89TH Temple" (2012) and has recently published a second -- this one set in the Philippines -- called "The Sign of Jonah".

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The Sign of Jonah
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,690. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A group of Filipinos and expatriates are living peacefully together on an idyllic island until a plan to salvage a Japanese World War II wreck and sell it for scrap divides the community along predictable fault lines: Filipinos, an American and an Australian vs. two Japanese, a German and a seemingly neutral Swiss.
The Transmutation of Gold into Paper and Plastic
Price: Free! Words: 2,730. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literary collections » Asian / General
"The Transmutation of Gold into Paper and Plastic" is one of the early chapters of "The Sign of Jonah", a novel of sin and redemption set on the remote island of Bato in the Philippines. Here we meet Collins, a retired mining engineer from Perth, who comes to the island by way of Papua New Guinea and Manila.
The Cranial Equity Loan
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,820. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2013. Categories: Plays » Australian & Oceanian, Screenplays » Comedy
Finalist, Stage Plays, 2015 New York Screenplay Contest A three-act satire of modern life, the banking industry and consumer credit played against the backdrop of the Melbourne Cup, the most prestigious horse race in Australia and possibly the biggest fashion event of the year. Horseplay in three acts.
The 89TH Temple
You set the price! Words: 49,330. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Once an ascetic rite of passage, the Shikoku Pilgrimage of 88 Temples has become a more generalized ritual of penance for troubled souls. Seven juvenile offenders on leave from various reform schools are walking the 1,300-kilometer pilgrimage with a counselor and some assigned wardens from the state. When they finish the journey, they will be released. Will they rejoin society or leave it behind?
That's Entertainment: The Observation Principle from Bentham to Foucault (Oceania)
Price: Free! Words: 4,090. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2013. Categories: Essay » Political, Essay » Sociology
In this essay, I begin with Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon and the observation principle as a method of control. I then discuss George Orwell's 1984 and Michel Foucault’s development of this idea as a means of control and a form of entertainment. Finally, I take up ways in which the individual - and not the state - has become the unwitting purveyor of suffering as entertainment for a mass audience.
Sheltering Down Under (Oceania)
Price: Free! Words: 2,270. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2013. Categories: Essay » Political
Sheltering Down Under is a meditation on the nuclear issue written from a bomb shelter in South Australia. In this essay, the spotlight is on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the nuclear tests of 1953, the Cold War, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Tokaimura (the accident before Fukushima).

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