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An Interview with Adrian Hyland – by Alf Mayer Centered around policeman Roger Wood, Adrian Hyland’s Kinglake-350 is a masterpiece of writing about a catastrophe – the worst bushfire disaster in Australia’s history, Black Saturday, 7 February 2009. As the firestorm engulfed the community, Roger Wood risked his life, again and again, to try and save people.With the fire raging all around, he phoned home to warn his wife what was coming. She screamed that the fire had already hit their property. Then the line went dead… Adrian Hyland takes aRead More
These are the opening pages of Canticle Creek, a work in progress. The narrator is Possum, a fifteen-year-old girl, returning to her home after a bushfire.                            AFTERBURN It was mid afternoon on the second day before I could sneak out of the hospital. I flagged the minister down, persuaded him to take me back to Bluehouse, but there was a road block at the bottom of the hill and a stone-faced cop who wasn’t taking any nonsense. “Crime scene, mate.” “She lives up there,” the minister explained, nodding at me.Read More