Leo. Wood Snake. 6’1″. Bushwalker. Yogi. Writer. Reader. Ex-footballer. Ex-tennis player. Ex-climber. Ex-paddler.
Born and raised in Melbourne’s semi-rural outer southeast. Spent four years in Eildon, two years in Tennant Creek, one year in South America, another in India, and eleven years in Alice Springs. Recently relocated to Launceston, Tasmania.
I have been a computer operator and programmer/analyst, stagehand, outdoor educator, trekking guide, arts administrator, bus driver, supermarket shelf stacker, uranium explorer, retail store manager.
In 2008 I walked across the Simpson Desert, hauling all of my food, water and equipment required for 24 days from Bedourie (Queensland) to Old Andado homestead (Northern Territory). The 450-kilometre walk, completed alone and without any assistance, was the first (and still only) crossing of the Simpson Desert from east to west (which is the hardest way) by a non-Indigenous person.
Despite physical similarities, I am not (as far as my younger brother’s genealogical searches reveal) related to the Swiss sculptor and artist from Borgonovo near Stampa. I am from the Someo village Giacometti’s, a Ticinese, from Felice Giovanni Battista Giacometti (1832-1881), who emigrated from Switzerland to Australia in 1855, and settled in the Daylesford district of Victoria (with many other Italian-speaking Swiss).
My first language is English. Non parlo Italiano.
Don’t try to follow me on Facebook or Twitter. I’m not there. #iamnotthere
Writers write Themes
Writers write stories. But more importantly, writers write themes. And the same themes, their personal themes, resonate throughout all of their writing. Different characters, points of view, eras, even genres can be used. But the themes generally remain the same.
Despite the setting or the people involved in my stories, I feel that most of my stories are ‘Buddhist’ stories; Buddhist in the sense that the main character is either caught in the cycle of suffering, of samsara, or makes some effort to transcend and break free from it. Desire, Fate, Unbreakable Cycles, and Transcendence.
Small indie publisher Spineless Wonders has recently published My life & other fictions, my debut collection of short stories with an accompanying exegesis.
A few years ago I received an Arts Development grant from ArtsNT to develop and write an outback-gothic novel, my first, This landscape of failure. I am still background processing it, allowing it to grow like mushrooms in the dark.