Whenever authors release a new novel, my guess is there are always one or two individuals they would like to read the work, above all other readers. In my case, there were two, who, unfortunately, have both left us. The first was my father, Stan Doust, an avid reader, who once said to me: “Sometimes … Continue reading Two wise men
Fremantle Press publisher Georgia Richter knocks her writing dream on the head in exchange for a new role as an editor September 7, 2019 I was going to be a writer when I grew up. That belief forged my identity from the age of six, when I won the Keilor City Library short story competition … Continue reading Some people are beyond a casual “thank you”
Brooke Davis, Lost and Found, author. Lost and Found Speaking with: Jon Doust, Boy on a Wire, author. Boy on a Wire
Is that the truth? It is a re-launch of a book, yes. But then a kind of game show about fact and fiction. Two team face off in a game called Is that the Truth. One team member is challenged by Chair Katie McAllister and the other team members have to determine fact or fiction. … Continue reading DOUST DAVIS
It was 1968. The world was falling apart. Bits of it were burning. In Europe, Britain and America students were running amok. In Perth they did what they always did: studied, got pissed, stumbled in and out of relationships, played tennis, went to the beach, fought, fucked, bragged about fucks that never existed, and drove … Continue reading To The Highlands, 2012
It’s an odd thing, reading. It should be quite simple, but it isn’t. There’s so much going on when you run your eyes over a page and not all of it has to do with what is on the page, or what the writer intended that you take from the page.For example, I wrote a … Continue reading What and how are you reading?
There has not been a blog here on this blog for some time. Why not?Two reasons:1 - I have started writing another novel2 - I have been writing grant applications to help support the writing of another novel.3 - Ok, three reasons.3 - The Albany Advertiser, through the West Australian, stopped paying me to write a … Continue reading NEW POST, NEWS AND OTHER THINGS, like WIGS
FIFO seen as way to keep best staffPeter Kerr, The West Australian October 19, 2012WA business leaders could be forced to make greater use of fly-in, fly-out workers to retain their best talent.Gary Martin, business academic and chief executive of the Australian Institute of Management WA, made the comments yesterday to 16 of WA's most prominent business … Continue reading FIFO OR NOT TO FIFO
http://www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au/v2/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=70&Itemid=115Check out the above link.Looks like I'm back doing stand-up.Never thought it would happen.Am I frightened, nervous?Huh!If you get to read To the Highlands you'll guess where my real fear lies:Will people read this book and get what it is I'm saying?Is it as good as the publisher says it is?Why has Drusilla Modjeska written a … Continue reading Look out Byron Bay!
You remember Jack Muir? Well, To the Highlands details all the grubbiness of Jack's life after school. It's the next stage of his trip to manhood.Jack Muir, the son of disappointed parents, and reluctant employee of The Colonial Bank of Australia, is dispatched to the capital of a regional outpost, in an unnamed island somewhere to … Continue reading About the new book: To the Highlands