up in Adelaide and hung out in the arty fringe there, getting himself into
bands, cabaret, films, theatre and other funny things.
also played Aussie rules football for a team he would prefer to remain
nameless—to protect the guilty. And he wants to assure his readers that during
his time as a player he did not attempt to execute any drops kicks, although
some of his more adventurous team mates did.
now lives in Sydney and makes a living from his obsession with words as an
English teacher, having followed a circuitous career path that took him to
Tokyo, Cambridge, Barcelona and Prague before returning to these fatal shores.
is horrified to have his book Football Mambo set out in American, not
Australian, style, but his publisher did it anyway.
Mambo is a humorous noir mystery and his first published book, though back in
Adelaide he was famous for writing dramatic monologues and other pieces for
performance, including The Ultraviolet Catastrophe, which he performed as
part of an ensemble at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. He also co-wrote and sang
such infamous songs as Drakes' Blood, Tiberius and Neptune's
Wild Sea with the legendary Purple Caesars band, clad sometimes in a
toga and at others in makeshift Centurion's garb.
was also a member of the Mad Love theatre collective and appeared in its
inaugural production, Rancho, and created experimental films, presented
at the multimedia show Within the Palm-Pressed Planet at the Adelaide
possessing photographic or video evidence of any of the above and expecting to
profit from it would be well advised to encourage their families and friends to
buy copies of Football Mambo on the basis of rational self-interest.