Kathmandu Orphanage

Marty Culhane has lost his girlfriend Tilda and their new born child in a collision with a long haul truck on an Australian country road.

Things are not working out as planned.

It’s a kaleidoscope of witty and strange characters at odds with their world, it’s a tragedy, an allegory, and an escape plan. It’s a meditation on what to do when things go wrong.

A CLOSER LOOK

A NOVEL

Marty Culhane has lost his girlfriend Tilda and their new born child in a collision with a long haul truck on an Australian country road.

Things are not working out as planned.

It’s a kaleidoscope of witty and strange characters at odds with their world, it’s a tragedy, an allegory, and an escape plan. It’s a meditation on what to do when things go wrong.

A CLOSER LOOK

Stories from the road

Bleed for Mary

It’s a recurring theme that’s invading my senses
I’m lining up images all in a row
They’re blowing up bridges and cutting down fence
But I keep on moving but my moving is slow

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Colin Birtles is stuck in traffic

Colin Birtles is stuck in traffic, or more to the point, stuck in his car, in a queue, at a service station, idling his engine, with other unfortunates, in traffic, victims all of a garish advertising sign offering a fuel price discount, pock marked on the side of the road, with all the other pock marks, blathering the health benefits of Gatorade, the communication benefits of a mobile phone, or the freedom offered by the latest Jeep.

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“Collision” is now available on eBook & real Book

Marty Culhane is heading out of town. He has lost his girlfriend Tilda and their new born child in a collision with a long haul truck on an Australian country road, on their way to show the new born to Tilda’s parents. He escapes to London. Things are not working out as planned. He decides to return to Australia with a crazy idea, he decides that he will confront the truck driver. While this is happening, his brother, Fergus, returns with his family from a holiday, to discover his successful corporate career at a crossroads, a boss who no longer feels the need to rely on him, and his son Toby, who he had predestined for sporting glory, with constant headaches that threaten every version of his own predetermined plan. There are road ghosts, amphetamines, careers on the slide, families not getting on and through all that, people trying to make good. It’s part allegory, part tragedy but mostly it’s a story of people attempting to come to terms with plans that don’t quite work out, attempting to resolve conflicts with each other and discovering fresh starts.