Spitfire

Born in Belgium, trained in Texas. The true story of an aspiring pilot seeking to fulfil his childhood dream. More

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Words: 3,280
Language: English
ISBN: 9780994392558
About Gilbert Van Hoeydonck

I was born in Belgium and have lived in Melbourne (Australia) since 1978. I have worked in education, child protection policy and public mental health. I now work as an independent writer and as a part-time volunteer, teaching English to recently arrived migrants and refugees.

My short stories draw on events from my youth in Belgium. I wanted to revisit and restore energy to family tragedies that had become shallow from frequent re-telling. I am interested in how stories can be revitalised or constricted by memory and language.

I am currently preparing my first novel for publication. 'The Best of Intentions' is set in multicultural Melbourne and explores how vulnerable young people with mental health problems or in foster care can fall 'through the net' in spite of the efforts of those charged with their care.

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