Trouble! From a sports-crazed childhood to his first scribblings incinerated by his irate high school headmaster. Success in the HSC meant they couldn't refuse his university entry, where he soon led the Anti-Vietnam War movement, sit-ins and subsequent arrests. More trouble by burning his 'draft-card' and opposing military conscript.... more
Trouble! From a sports-crazed childhood to his first scribblings incinerated by his irate high school headmaster. Success in the HSC meant they couldn't refuse his university entry, where he soon led the Anti-Vietnam War movement, sit-ins and subsequent arrests. More trouble by burning his 'draft-card' and opposing military conscription, and found himself in gaol.
Finding travel more fun, by age twenty-four he had visited over twenty countries on his 1974 overland trip from Singapore to Amsterdam. He met Yasser Arafat, lived with gypsies, trekked Nepal, took a life-changing trip in Pakistan, and fell in love with France.
Returning to Australia after two years pretending to be a Maths teacher, he studied the Art and co-created the Official Bicentennial Great North Walk, a long-distance walking track to Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. They refused him an Honour, and threw him off the Board when he objected to a cigarette company sponsorship.
After his Great North Walk and NSW Heritage Walks, were published, he started a successful business, Great Australian Walks. This fifteen-year stint involved numerous media events, interviews, TV Travel shows before, exhausted and depressed, he returned to art, poetry and writing.
After a stint with the WEA and adult Ed teaching, Artist-in-Residence and lecturer at the University of Western Sydney, he concentrated on writing. His first novel, Belonging, took three hundred and four years to complete. A second novel, Starts With C, was followed up with a third, Knowing Simone, and a fourth, Blacksmith and Canon, all of which have beeb fabulously unsuccessful. Two inspired travel books Damn! and Border and Soul look likely to have similar results. Inspired a stint of poetry and song-writing, he wrote twelve books on the Spanish, French and Portuguese Caminos de Santiago. After a recent artist-in-residency in Finland, his Damn! made him the pilgrimage path’s most prolific author.
Garry was President of Balmain Institute for seven years, on the executive of the South Coast Writer's Centre, and finds trouble whenever his writes, teaches or performs. A member of DiVerse (ekphrasis poets) and the Write-On novelist's group. He won the Peter Cowan Short Story Prize with Patting the Dog, exhibits paintings and photographs, and was Feature Poet at the Sydney Writers Festival.
He sits at his desk, wondering how he created this mess.
Garry McDougall's Projects
Archaeologists discover the Viviers Journals, and publish a translation as 'Blacksmith and Ca... more
Garry McDougall's Services
With over twenty books behind me, fiction and nonfiction, I offer feedback, critique, encouragement, and another viewpoint that refreshes your work.
Reasonable rates. Prompt return. In English only.... more