G McDougall

Biography

Garry has extensive travel, teaching and tourism expérience, winning Australian ecoturism, commmunity project and literary prizes and grants. His creative work includes many exhibitions of photographs and artworks, co-creation of the official NSW Bicentennial 'Great North Walk', eight eBooks and six paperbacks. He lives in Sydney, and is current president of the Balmain Institute, a member of 'That Authors Collective' and 'Diverse' poetry group.
His novels include 'Belonging' (fictional biography of a 'black doctor' in colonial Australia) and Forgetting and Remembering' ( where an indigenous death in custody and the disappearance of a Bicentennial official cause merry hell on an outback township). His third will be 'Knowing Simone'. 1860's France is in the last years of its dictatorial empire when an anarchist on-the-run meets a powerful women in a precarious situation. Patrice sets out to 'know' Simone, revealing sex, perversity and romance that rocks the Empire.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My passions outside writing are many, including long-distance walking, great food, reading maps, taking photographs, cycling, painting, politics and travel. I've been travelling since an early age. At first, it was to escape my father. After that to escape home ruptures. After that I had the habit and the hunger, traveling interstate by hitchhiking at the age of sixteen, overseas at eighteen. I tasted liberty in mind, spirit and geography. Never stopped.
What is your writing process?
Chaotic and obsessive. I have to 'be there' 'live it'. There has to be a narrative idea becomes the storytelling engine. It is an entirely messy process that only becomes itself through repeated editing, an obsessive amount. It is only finished when I am sick of it the fifth or fifteenth time. Writing for me is exciting, dangerous and painful, as I cannot always tell you what will happen next. Often I don't know myself. The engine takes me there.
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Books

Along the Way
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Series: Pilgrimage, 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,610. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Prizewinning poetic travel in France and Spain including 'To San Domingo de la Calzada' and 'Tribute to Decazeville'. 'Icehouse', 'And Merriment Tonight' and 'Nogaro Rugby'. 'There is no option. Six stars…' Fanstory reader.plus “beautiful poetic writing", with “inspired metaphor, written “to a breathless walking rhythm”. Judge's assessment.
Journey to the Ardeche
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Series: Pilgrimage, 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,440. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Journeying to the Ardeche via the Languedoc's Pont St Espirit. Dazzling, energetic travel writing by award-winning author G McDougall.
Pilgrimage Five
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Series: Pilgrimage, 5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,510. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
In a thrilling use of language, be inspired by Pilgrimage's marvellous short stories of French and Spanish towns and pilgrim travel. They include 'Crave Love' (on Pezanas), 'The Power and ' (on Albi), and other lyrical and poetic stories from Nyons, Venterol, Valraes, St Domingo de Calzada, Bilbao, Nogaro and Aigues Mortes in Provence. Includes web references, videos, and photographs.
Forgetting and Remembering
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,350. Language: Australian English. Published: April 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
What happens when leadership and law fails its people? A tale of the human spirit, history and collective strength. When a corrupt Bicentennial official disappears in an outback Australian town, only Kev plays detective. But at what price? Police, petty criminals, activists and ambitious souls, all have their own agendas. Soon, everyone will pay the price.
Pilgrimage Towns and Tales: Camino France and Spain
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Series: Pilgrimage, 4. Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 8,980. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Be inspired! Pilgrimage Book Four explores pilgrimage towns and mountains on the Way of St James, reliving the pilgrim and tour leader's journey with affection and bite, lovingly written, with a vibrant and passionate pen. Commentators say Pilgrimage is “beautiful poetic writing", written with “Inspired metaphor”, “to a breathless walking rhythm”. Includes 15 photos, plus web links.
Pilgrimage: Exploring France's Ancient Pilgrim Towns
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Series: Pilgrimage, 3. You set the price! Words: 8,750. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Be inspired! Pilgrimage explores France's ancient towns on the Santiago Pilgrim's Way. Relive the journey with poetic affection and bite, lovingly written, with a vibrant and passionate pen. You'll want to see Conques, Decazeville, Pont St Espirit and Espalion for yourself. Commentators say Pilgrimage is “beautiful poetic writing", written with “Inspired metaphor”, “to a breathless walking rhythm
Pilgrimage: Meeting Spain's Pilgrim Towns
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Series: Pilgrimage, 2. Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 8,350. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
You'll want to see Arzua, Bermeo, Belorado and Los Arcos, small towns no less fascinating than Pamplona, Santiago, Burgos, Bilboa and San Sebastian. In an unprecedented tour de force, this imaginative and comic travel writing is '“beautiful poetic writing", "energetic, almost punch-drunk " with “Inspired metaphor, to a breathless walking rhythm", offering new insights in Spain and its peoples.
Pilgrimage: Meeting France and Spain's Pilgrim Towns
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Series: Pilgrimage, 1. Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 8,920. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Pilgrimage is off-the-scale travel writing: comic, affectionate, using 'inspired metaphor'; 'beautiful poetic writing', '... to a breathless walking rhythm.' Whether you walk, ride or drive the camino or pilgrimage path to Santiago, you'll understand so much more of the pilgrimage experience and the incredible heritage towns alone 'the Way'.
Belonging
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Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 104,870. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
What does it mean to 'belong'? This book explores belonging, and it could change your life. In legendary Gundagai, Dr Louis Gabriel is fired with hope and ambition. But new, black and overqualified, will he be top or bottom of the social ‘pile’? Will he ever belong? We follow his struggles, loves and dilemmas, climaxing with Australian Federation, a tortured romance and the murderous Boer War.

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