Things people have done to my writing:

  • Set an entire short story in italics
  • Awarded me a $100 book voucher for winning the judge’s choice award at the same time as giving $500 to a random person who voted in the people’s choice award
  • Left a 3cm-wide blank space between the first three panels of a comic and the rest of it, while also giving the comic two titles, each at right-angles to the other
  • Invited me to submit, failed to send a rejection letter, ignored all subsequent email inquiries, but still sent an invitation to the launch
  • Added the word “with” to a poem, changing its meaning entirely
  • Agreed to illustrate a comic script and then disappeared
  • Added an epigram

Things I have done to people’s writing:

  • Changed the spelling of “trouper” to “trooper” out of ignorance
  • Upset them so much with my intended-as-kooky-fun rejection letter that they reported me to their State Literature Officer
  • Missed the “1” that the character-recognition software added to the word “R1cki”
  • Published an in-hindsight-illegible handwritten version of their interview answers
  • Allowed organisational bureaucracy to post-hoc gut or remove articles entirely
  • Arbitrarily rewritten the first sentence of every consecutive paragraph in order to spell out a secret message to myself

Poet. Author. Beard. Husband. Dad. Four chickens. Dog. Cat. I can sometimes fix my lawnmower.

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About Adam

I'm a dad and the author of the poetry collections The Third Fruit is a Bird and Not Quite the Man for the Job, the novel Man Bites Dog and the short story collection Heroes and Civilians.

I'm currently working on "Dance to the Anticlinal Fold", a spoken word walking tour that will be part of the Castlemaine State Festival in 2019. Find out more about the show here.

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