Assignations

2024:

Having completed my Elderbrook Chronicles this Summer, I’ve begun a course on how to pitch to publishers.

Yesterday I recorded my old college ballad ‘Songflower’ in its pure acoustic form of four decades ago. Cronehood soothing the soul of Girlhood? Over the next weeks I plan to upload it to Bandcamp, so please join me there.

This year, I hope to bring you a new website that will be easier to navigate on mobile devices. I remain ever grateful to the designer of this current one, whose dragon waterfall can hopefully survive the change.

2020-2023:

Welcoming so[u]litude, I’m revisiting manuscripts that had lain dormant during recording, jobs or travel.

Elderbrook Chronicles: Nearly satisfied, enough to consider seeking publication in 2024. Other writing in progress includes a surrealist / magic-realist novel Madame Alchemier. Meanwhile, you can gain early insights through our song lyrics. For easy navigation and listening I recommend Bandcamp, a lovely site where most of my music now happily resides.

In 2021 an intercultural anthology I co-edited, South of the Sun: Australian fairy tales for the 21st century, arrived courtesy of The Australian Fairy Tale Society, which bestowed on me its national award. It’s made a substantial profit for the AFTS and garnered glowing reviews.

2017-2020:

Elderbrook Chronicles (4 volumes) are nearly complete. More memory than invention, this world continues to grow more vivid.

Meanwhile, we offer you the double album ethereal soundtrack Elderbrook – for sale at this website shop, best accessed on desktop.

Stepping down as president of the Australian Fairy Tale Society in 2019, I’ve nevertheless been hard at work co-editing an anthology of contemporary intercultural Australian fairy tales.

2016-2017:

2017 garnered two new releases: a water compilation Torlan and soundtrack Elderbrook.

A high ranking journal, TEXT: Into the Bush: Australasian Fairy Talesreleased my essay & story.

2014-2015:

Recording ‘cello lines played by Caerwen Martin and Silo String Quartet, for several songs, at Mad Cat Sound.

Making my first music video clip – filming courtesy of Ian Clarke’s videography, Rachael Hammond’s dancing and carnivalesque contribution of Melissa Rose Tonkins. My own part was minimal.

Flying to Coromandel Valley, South Australia, for a sojourn at Pilgrim Arts studio.

2012-2013:

Completing guest contributions; grooming recordings from Spring Studio, Mad Cat Sound & Pilgrim Arts.

Liaison for Book-CD design: prepare abridged story; maps; character profiles. (Retrospective note: I made the difficult decision, end of 2013 to cancel the contract for various reasons.)

Mixing Silo String Quartet, African Kora and other 2011 – 2012 sessions.

Arranging & editing with Nicholas Albanis (Dandelion Wine) at Crustacean Creations.

Translation of abridged story into French by Bertrand Villmur. Paid translator’s commission so as to retain rights to the text in both English & French.

Previewing Book-CD, Elderbrook [retrospective update: site no longer beaming as I rework the project].

Also a new song, ‘The Fountains of Alderbee’. Another version, ‘Singing Fountains’, is on a fairy compilation Graines de Berceuses.

Visit to Australia from our longtime German collaborator Olaf Parusel.

2010-2011:

Co-hosting fairy festivals including Phantosea (Melbourne & Adelaide), Feline Faery Fest (x 3), Elf Winter & Midsummer (Adelaide).

Continuing to record soundtrack for Elderbrook Chronicles & writing its volumes of fantasy fiction.

Recording a new album with husband / co-songwriter Mark & longtime producer Brett Taylor.