News & Events

Heading into a quieter year....


2019 brings with it a renewed sense of optimism. Following a computer melt-down which prevented me finishing the book I'd spent the best part of 2018 working on, heading into a new year with a new laptop means I can finally get back to working on the finishing touches to Last Train to Bunbury. The third such book in my photographic railway bush poetry series will be out sometime in mid 2019.


Which brings me to a spot of good news. I have now reviewed enough material and photographs taken from my last sojourn south to the Victorian border to decide that a fourth and final installment will follow in 2020. Last Train to Sydney will be my fourth and final railway bush poetry book, so expect to see me taking a bow on the cover.

My first two novels The Long Way Home, and A Walk Before Sunrise will soon disappear from sale. Temporarily of course. In order to plan a re-release in print of my first two novels sometime in 2020, I want to first be sure that they will have disappeared from every possible sales channel. Through Smashwords.com, the eBooks both filter down through almost every sales channel bar Amazon.com and making them disappear is anything but an instant click of the mouse.

And finally, I have an opportunity to work on an epic railway book project to celebrate a decade of my photographing Australian railways, both modern and forgotten. Planned to be a 200 page full colour hardcover masterpiece, the book should be completed by mid 2021, and enable me to sign-off from my foray into railway writing with a book I hope I'll be remembered by for years to come.

Here's some of my past interviews


  

  • ABC Radio Southern Queensland, Breakfast with David Iliffe, 2-AUG-2017
  • The Soul Saloon with Rena Reese, talk radio show, USA 9-MAR-2011
  • Polka Dot Banner, USA 6-OCT-2009

Here's my scrapbook of past achievements and news headlines


 

From my nomination in the 2015 Global eBook Awards, to an 11,649 km Book Tour of Australia's east coast, appearing in over 30 major regional newspapers, and even having my hobby feature on the cover of a national model railway magazine, you can't say I haven't tried to get my name out there...


  • Australian Model Railway Magazine (book review) - October 2018
  • Australian Model Railway Magazine (cover) - August 2018
  • Kiama Independent, NSW - 17 April 2015
  • Niume - Online Travel eZine - December 2014
  • Destinations Magazine - Issue 78, Winter 2014
  • New Age Mama, USA - 11 September 2012
  • Caloundra Buzz Magazine, QLD - March/April 2012
  • Sunshine Coast Weekender Magazine, QLD - 23 March 2012
  • Kingborough Chronicle - Margate, TAS - 10 September 2011
  • Caloundra Weekly, QLD - 27 April 2011
  • The Coffs Coast Advocate, NSW - 20 April 2011
  • The Daily Examiner - Grafton, NSW - 20 April 2011
  • Ballina Shire Advocate, NSW - 20 April 2011
  • Northern Rivers Echo, NSW - 20 April 2011
  • The Northern Star - Lismore, NSW - 20 April 2011
  • Byron Shire News, NSW - 20 April 2011
  • Daily News - Tweed Heads, NSW - 20 April 2011
  • Gold Coast Mail, NSW - 20 April 2011
  • The Warwick Daily News, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • The Toowoomba Chronicle, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • The Queensland Times, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • The Ipswich Satellite, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • The Ipswich Advertiser, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • Gatton, Lockyer & Brisbane Valley Star, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • The Logan Reporter, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • Coolum & North Shore News, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • Noosa News, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • The Gympie Times, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • Fraser Coast Chronicle, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • News Mail - Bundaberg, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • The Morning Bulletin - Rockhampton, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • Daily Mercury - Mackay, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • Central Telegraph - Biloela, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • Central Queensland News, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • Whitsunday Times - Airlie Beach, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • The Observer - Gladstone, QLD - 20 April 2011
  • Sunshine Coast Daily, QLD - 17 April 2011
  • Glasshouse Country News - Beerwah, QLD - 15 December 2010
  • The Cessnock Advertiser, NSW - 15 September 2010
  • Redcliffe City News, QLD - 24 August 2010
  • Sunshine Coast Weekender Magazine, QLD - 13 August 2010
  • Bayside Bulletin, Redland, QLD - 26 June 2007
  • The Foster Mirror, VIC - 11 April 2007
  • Central Coast Express Advocate - Gosford, NSW - March 2007

   

 
 
 
 

  

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 


Here's some of my past milestones & achievements


 

  • 2018 Feature article and cover of Australian Model Railway Magazine
  • 2015 Nominee Global eBook Awards, Train Tripping Coastal Queensland
  • 2015 Featured Author on BookWorks - The Self-Publishers Association
  • 2010 2nd round selection, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, A Walk Before Sunrise
  • 2009 Polka Dot Banner featured author of the month
  • 1991 Poem Travel by night appeared in Heartland Magazine, Australia
  • 1989 Winner Foster High School Writing Award for poetry, VIC Australia
  • 1988 Winner Foster High School Writing Award for prose, VIC Australia
  • 1987 Winner Foster High School Writing Award for prose, VIC Australia

Here's a look back at my past Book Tours



After 7 years of touring the East Coast of Australia with my books, I made my final public appearance at the Maleny Celebration of Books in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland on 26 October of 2013. I was signing books for one last time before the curtains fell on the end of an era that saw me travel 11,649 km while making a total of 41 appearances and visiting every capital city along the Australian East Coast. Tours like these will not occur again until the release of my next novel and a return-to-print of my entire back catalogue.


2012 saw my first virtual book tour visiting 26 websites from the USA to the Philippines. Interviews, guest posts, reviews and lots of giveaways. This sure was one busy month! click to read more...


My third book tour in 2012 followed the release of my third novel, Last Wish of Summer. Launched locally in Caloundra, the tour was a local one, visiting 12 venues across the Sunshine Coast over the course of 9 months. click to read more...


My second book tour in 2011 saw me trek a total of 6,197 km while visiting 8 different locations between Tin Can Bay in Queensland, and Margate in far south Tasmania. It was my most ambitious tour so far, and one that probably will not be repeated for quite some time! click to read more...


My first book tour in 2010 saw me travel Australia's east coast from Pomona on the Sunshine Coast to Penrith, west of Sydney, visiting 13 different locations while covering a distance of 3,452 km. click to read more...


My earliest appearances as an author followed the 2007 release of my debut novel The Long Way Home, which was launched in Brisbane, Australia at Riverbend Books & Teahouse in Bulimba. click to read more...