G McDougall

Biography

Garry has extensive travel and teaching expérience, won Australian ecoturism, community project and literary prizes and grants, including for a NSW Bicentennial Project, 'Great North Walk', a 250km walking track.
After many years proprietorship of Great Australian Walks, he focused on creative work -
* photography and painting exhibitions
* poetry performance and articles in popular and literary media
* ten eBooks and six paperbacks, including two novels.
Recent Awards: WINNER, Peter Cowan Short Story Prize, 2015, with 'Patting the Dog', included in 'Inner Flash';
Highly Commended, Peter Cowan Short Story Prize, 2013; Second, National Poetry Prize, 2014.
His first novel, 'Belonging', is a fictional-biography of a 'black doctor' in colonial Australia. His second, 'Forgetting and Remembering' or Trust', where an indigenous-death-in-custody and the disappearance of a Bicentennial official,creates merry-hell on an outback town - 'a murder-mystery turned UPSIDE DOWN DOWN-UNDER!
His current third novel, 'Knowing Simone', in Victor Hugo's France. In the last years of its dictatorial 'Third Empire', Patrice, a young anarchist on-the-run, meets a powerful women in a precarious situation. Patrice sets out to 'know' Simone, their unlikely alliance involving sex, perversity, intrigue and betrayal. A case of dynamite romance that rocks the Empire.
Garry is current president of the Balmain Institute, a member of 'That Authors Collective' and 'Diverse' poetry group. He lives in the great and beautiful Sydney.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In bed! My other interests are long-distance walking, great food, reading maps, taking photographs, cycling, painting, politics and travel. I've been travelling since an early age, hitchhiking locally from the age of sixteen, overseas at eighteen. I tasted liberty in mind, spirit and geography - at first to escape my father- and as a way of seeing other people and places. An interest in maps, food and photography sit together nicely. Eventually, I collected stories and experiences that made-up my Pilgrimage series. But there's a lot more stories to be told.
What is your writing process?
Obsessive. I have to 'be there', 'live it'. There has to be a central narrative idea that drives the story. 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. I cannot always tell what will happen next. The engine takes me there. However with 'Knowing Simone', set in C19th France, there is additional work in living in a time, place and culture so different from my own. Additional research have transitioned into a more solid planning process. Currently inspired by Emile Zola, a great storyteller.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find G McDougall online


Where to buy in print


Series

Pilgrimage
Way of St James Pamplona, Belorado, Palas De Rey, Arzua, Santiago, St Jean, Figeac, Decazeville, Le Puy-en-Valey, Conques, St Domingo, San Sebastian, Leon, Burgos, Triacastela.

Books

Inner Flash
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,070. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Australian & Oceanian
The updated, revised Second Edition with seven new works, including Poetica Olympics where poems are read at a rapid pace. Plus enjoy thirty-nine other short stories and poems that says life-is-worth-living. Celebrate the wonderful 'Tipsy', 'Patting the Dog', 'Tribute to Kiama' and 'Perpetual Train'. "For colourful images, word play & outstanding rhythm, Garry's prize-winning work is unbeatable.
Along the Way
Series: Pilgrimage, 7. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,610. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2014. Categories: 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
Series: Pilgrimage, 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,340. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Essay » Literature
Journeying to the Ardeche via the Languedoc. Dazzling, energetic travel writing by award-winning author G McDougall.
Pilgrimage Five (Third Edition)
Series: Pilgrimage, 5. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 14,490. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
You'll be inspired by Pilgrimage's thrilling use of language, its marvellous short stories of French and Spanish towns and pilgrim travel. There're 'Crave Love' (on Pezanas), 'The Power and...'(on Albi), A Trouser Ecology and other lyrical & poetic stories from Nyons, St Domingo de Calzada, Bilbao, Nogaro and Aigues Mortes. Includes web references, videos, and photographs.
Forgetting and Remembering
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 93,350. Language: Australian English. Published: April 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
What happens when the law fails its people? An outback murder mystery turned upside down, down under. 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 pays. To hear the opening, https://soundcloud.com/user-68087642
Pilgrimage Towns and Tales: Camino France and Spain
Series: Pilgrimage, 4. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 10,530. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, 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
Series: Pilgrimage, 3. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 12,780. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Be inspired! NEW edition of 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 these towns for yourself. Commentators say Pilgrimage is “beautiful poetic writing", written with “Inspired metaphor”, “to a breathless walking rhythm
Pilgrimage: Meeting Spain's Pilgrim Towns
Series: Pilgrimage, 2. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 10,270. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, 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, after reading Garry's poetic you'll understand so much more of the pilgrimage experience, with inspired insights into the incredible heritage towns along 'the Way'.
Pilgrimage: Meeting France and Spain's Pilgrim Towns
Series: Pilgrimage, 1. You set the price! Words: 10,270. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Hikes & walks, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
In the first of seven eBooks, Pilgrimage is 'off-the-scale travel writing: comic, affectionate, using 'inspired metaphor'; 'beautiful poetic writing', '... to a breathless walking rhythm.' After reading Garry's poetica and short stories, your Way of St James or Camino will be enriched You'll better understand its long history, its pilgrims and heritage towns. For a sample, hear the videos.
Belonging
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 104,660. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Holiday » Adventure
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 difficult romance and the murderous Boer War. A fictional biography that celebrates the human spirit, medicine and country life.

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