I mentioned the other day that I would be appearing for the second time on Capital Radio (101.7) in Perth WA. Tony Howes who, with Dale James, hosts a program called Capital Events. It happens each Saturday and I’m on the program around 11.30 am. Tony was interested in finding out how my excursions into producing my third novel, Turn on a Light, have gone and to get some idea of what it is about. In addition, however, Tony liked some of the Short Stories that appear on this website and was interested in getting some to play. Our son Paul, who makes his living from voice-overs as well as acting nationally, volunteered to assist and has had the tick of approval for his first recording from Tony. As I understand it, Tony will play the first Short Story to be read by Paul on Saturday 23rd January and then plans to use the others at regular intervals over the early months of this year. He and I will undoubtedly chat again when Turn on a Light appears. We are aiming for April at the latest.
I received the cover from Ross McLennan (Book Covers Australia) today and I love it. The nature of the story (a remote Aboriginal community, a young teacher sent to the community for his first appointment, discovering the unexplained deaths of eleven children over four years, dealing with a conservative people large town in a gold-mining region and struggling with an inward-looking bureaucracy and political environment) is one that will get people hooked. I got the idea for a story from the Northern Territory and transposed it to the WA Goldfields Region and Kalgoorlie, a fictional Aboriginal community north west of Kalgoorlie, and set it in the mid 1970s.
I am indebted to Capital Radio for their interest and support. Most of my experiences in dealing with commercial radio in Perth have disappointing to say the least. But 101.7 has been engaging, flexible and a pleasure to deal with.