BILLY MARSHALL STONEKING

Poet / Playwright / Filmmaker / Script Editor / Mentor

CURRICULUM VITAE

Billy Marshall Stoneking is a dual national (Australian/American) writer/producer, poet & playwright, script consultant, teacher and author of seven books, including the modern-day Australian classic,  Singing the Snake : Poems from the Western Desert. His poem, "Seasons of Fire", was selected by Les Murray and re-printed in The Reader (University of Liverpool, UK) as one of the 10 best Australian poems ever written. His poetry has been anthologized in Off the Record (ed by Pi O for Penguin Books), The New Oxford Book of Modern Australian Verse (ed by Les Murray), The Penguin Book of Contemporary Australian Poetry (ed by John Tranter), and was featured in ABC-TV's groundbreaking documentary film (which he also produced), Call It Poetry. In 1988 he was awarded the prestigious Bill Harney Prize for Poetry.

Stoneking has also worked extensively in theatre and film. He has written and produced a number of major documentaries, including Nosepeg's Movie and Desert Stories, which detail his experiences during five years he lived with tribal Aboriginal people in Central Australia. 

His critically acclaimed play about Ezra Pound and the Aborigines, Sixteen Words for Water (published by Harper/Collins), has had productions in Australia, New Zealand, Dublin, London, New York, Washington and Massachusetts. 

From 2001 through 2008 he was full-time lecturer in screenwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, in Sydney Australia, where he mentored numerous up-and-coming filmmakers.

More recently he has been developing and writing the feature doco, Gayby Baby with Maya Newell, while co-producing  two features : a drama, Seeing the Elephant (which he also wrote), and the documentary, Christina Conrad : Indecent Xposure, for which he was Executive producer.

Stoneking's workshops and seminars are legendary, and have inspired numerous award-winning films and film-makers.

                                                         

R E C E N T   C R E D I T S

 

Executive producer - Gayby Baby, a feature documentary, release date 2015. Directed by Maya Newell.  2015 AACTA nominee for Best Feature Length Documentary

Writer/Producer - Seeing the Elephant, a feature film, Release date May 2013.  Directed by Amin Palangi.  Executive producer, Information & Cultural Exchange 

Story consultant - Clown in the Crowd Short documentary, 2012.  Directed by Maya Newell. Official selection 2013 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL  (USA)

Executive producer -  Christina Conrad : Indecent Xposure, a feature documentary film. Directed by Christina Conrad & Agnieszka Baginska. Heretic Pictures.  WINNER - 2012 ACCOLADE AWARD OF MERIT : BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY.  Release to festivals :July 2012.

Executive producer/script editor  - Suppression, a short drama, written and directed by Agnieszka Baginska. Completed 2010.  Editor's Choice, REELSHOWINT,  October 2011

Story consultant/script editor/writer - TWO, a short documentary by Maya Newell, 2010 - Over-all WINNER - AUDIENCE PRIZE - SYDNEY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL  /  Official selection 2011 SLAMDANCE (USA)  / Winner AIDC Best Young Documentary Talent (Maya Newell),   Invitee: SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL, 2011.

Producer/script editor - Trust., 11-minute drama,  director: Zdenka Simandlova, 2009

Producer/script editor - Defect. 14-minute drama,  directed by Zdenka Simandlova. 2009.    WINNER - BEST SHORT WORK-IN-PROGESS - SOHO INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL NYC, 2010   /   WINNER - SPECIAL JURY PRIZE - MONACO / GOLDEN REEL AWARD, 2009 NEVADA FILM FESTIVAL

Producer/script editor - Detour. A 15-minute drama, written and directed by Zdenka Simandlova. 2009. 

Script editor - Aquarium. A short drama   (12 minutes)   Written & directed by Motoko Shimizu. SELECTION -  ASIAN AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL   (Short Film Program)

Executive producer/co-producer - Jelly's Placenta. A 30-minute drama, written and directed by Christina Conrad. Starring Marc Carlis and Craig Boreham. 2007.

 

PAST CREDITS

Writer - Sixteen Words for Water. A full-length stage play.  See production history below:

Stage Production details - Sixteen Words for Water

California (North Hollywood, USA)    Interact Theatre Company, 5th December 2011, As part of the Monday Night Reading series at Interact. Sponsored by Kent Minault, directed by Jeffrey Phillips, and featuring Armin Shimerman, D.J. Harner and Jessica Evans.

Western Australia (Perth WA) : Garrick Theatre, March-April, 2010. Directed by Jeff Watkins.

Victoria (Melbourne, Australia) : La Mama (Carlton Courthouse Theatre), March, 2005. Starring Tim Robertson. Directed by Lawrence Strangio. Design by Peter Corrigan.

Washington (USA) : Harlequin Productions. January-February, 2001.  Directed by Scot Whitney.

North Carolina (USA) : Burning Coal Theatre Company. A rehearsed reading of the play, December, 2000. Directed by Brad Shelton.

Massachusetts (USA): The Miniature Theatre of Chester, Massachusetts.  July, 2000. Directed by Byam Stevens.

New York: Alleyway Theatre Company, Buffalo, NY. March-April, 2000.  Directed by Neal Radice.

Dublin Ireland. Celtic Mouse Theatre Company, Crypt Theatre Arts  Centre. March-April, 1999. Directed by James Watson.

New South Wales: Chalkdust Theatre Company, Q Theatre, Penrith,  NSW. October, 1996.

Victoria: Melbourne University student production. Guild Theatre,  University of Melbourne. November, 1994. Directed by Michael Cathcart.

Western Australia: Theatre West, in association with Black Swan Theatre Company. July/August, 1994. Starring Arthur Dignam. Directed by Leith Taylor.

New Zealand: The Fortune Theatre, Dunedin, South Island. September/October, 1993. Directed by Campbell Thomas.

Tasmania: The Peacock Theatre, Salamanca Place, Hobart. March, 1992.  Starring Richard Davey. Directed by Robert Jarman.

British premiere: The Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington, London. September, 1991. Starring Tom Georgeson. Directed by Madeleine Wynn.

Sixteen Words for Water (World premiere): Sydney Theatre Company,  The Wharf Theatre. August/September, 1991. Starring Simon Chilvers, Rosemary Harris, and Miranda Otto. Directed by Rhys McConnochie.


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Writer - (Radio adaptation) Sixteen Words For Water. ABC Radio National (FM), Starring Simon Chilvers, Pamela Rabe and Rachel Szalay. Produced by Mike Ladd. Directed by Chris Williams. Broadcast February, 1996.

Writer - Baby. A half-hour radio play. ABC Radio National ["The Box Seat"]. Starring David Field and Rebecca Frith. Produced & directed by Chris Williams. August, 1995.

Writer -
Kate Cerebrano & Wendy Matthews Live at the Koko Club: You've Always Got The Blues.  - ABC-TV music special. Directed by Lindsay Frazer. 1994.

Writer - The Dreaming Place.  A play. Produced by Toe Truck Theatre Company. Belvoir Street Theatre, September/October, 1993.

Author - Taking America Out Of The Boy.  Best-selling auto-biography.  Published by Hodder and Stoughton, 1993.

Writer/Post-production director/producer - Call It Poetry.  A 50-minute documentary about the making of the stage play, CALL IT POETRY/TONIGHT.  ABC-TV. July, 1993. Asian television: 1994.

Writer/performer - In Occupied Territory. A verse play. Produced by REM Theatre Company at the Sydney Opera House, and at Bombala, NSW, in association with the Bennelong Programme. Directed by Roger Rynd.  September, 1992.

Writer/presenter - Lone Ant From A Broken Anthill. A 20-minute radio documentary about the poet, Ezra Pound. ABC Radio National - "Fictions".  Produced by Ron Blair. July, 1992. [Note: The full text of this program was published as a feature article in the ABC?s Radio magazine, 24 Hours - February, 1996.

Co-producer/director/performer - Out Loud!  Two nights of live readings by Australia's best performance poets. Recorded "live" at the NSW Writers' Centre, and broadcast by ABC Radio National, March, 1992.

Author - Sixteen Words For Water. Playscript. Published by Harper/Collins (Angus & Robertson), August, 1991.
 
Writer/presenter - The Power of the Song. A 20-minute radio program featuring poems from SINGING THE SNAKE. ABC Radio National, "Fictions". Produced by Ron Blair. August, 1991.

Co-writer/producer/director/performer - Call It Poetry/Tonight. An experimental, verse play.  Sydney Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, February-March, 1991.

Author - Singing The Snake : Poems from the Western Desert, 1979-1988. Published by Angus & Robertson. March, 1990. 2nd edition issued May, 1990.

Writer - Fire in the Heart. Twelve, half-hour episodes of a fourteen-part drama series. Singapore television in association with the National Productivity Board.  Produced by Nene Morgan. Aired October-December, 1990.

Director/performer - Off the Page / On the Stage. An evening of poetry, jazz & comedy. Stables Theatre. December, 1989.

Author - Lasseter : In Quest of Gold. Up-dated, enlarged edition of the 1985 best-selling hardback edition of 
Lasseter : The Making of a Legend  (Allen & Unwin). Published by Hodder & Stoughton. November, 1989.

Series Writer (first season) - Mission: Impossible.  Paramount Television (USA). Producer: Michael Fisher. 1988-89.

Writer/producer - Nosepeg's Movie. A film biography of the Central Australian Aboriginal elder, Tjungkarta "Nosepeg" Tjupurrula. Directed by Lindsay Frazer. 50 mins. Premiere screening on ABC-TV, June, 1989.

Author - The Speed of Darkness. A novel. Published by Greenhouse Press. May, 1989.

Writer - An American Jelly. A one-hour radio special, Radio Helicon. ABC Radio National. Produced by Amanda Stewart in cooperation with William Stoneking, 1988.

Major writer/contributor - Unsung Heroes and Heroines of Australia. Edited by Suzy Baldwin. Published by Greenhouse Press in association with the Australian Bicentennial Authority, Sydney. 1988.

Creator/writer - Stringer. Award-winning ABC-TV drama series. Directed by Ken Cameron, Chris Thomson and Kathy Mueller. Produced by John Edwards. 1988.

Author - Stringer. A novel. Published by ABC Books. 1988.

Writer - Pride & Prejudice. Documentary about Aboriginal culture (tribal and urban). Episode 3 of  "Images of Australia". 50 mins. Produced and Directed by Chris McCullough. ABC-TV. 1988.

Writer  - The Power and the Glory : A history of gold mining. A film documentary.  Narrated by Bill Peach. 50 mins. Produced by Broadcom. 1987.

Writer - Project Earth. Educational film (docu-drama) about the world of computers. Powerhouse Museum Theatrette. 10 mins. 1986.

Writer  - No Is Okay. A docu-drama about sexual harassment in the workplace. Produced by Film Australia for the Federal Attorney's-General Department, Canberra. 28 mins. 1986.

Writer - The Rite. A one-act play. Produced by the National Institute of Dramatic Art as part of their "New Works - '85". Directed by Stephanie Rigold. November, 1985.

Author - Lasseter : The Making of a Legend. Non-fiction chronicle of the 1930 Lasseter expedition. Published in hardback by George Allen & Unwin, Sydney. 1985.

Writer - Looking for Lasseter. Radio doco/drama. Directed by Barry Oakley for ABC Radio Helicon. 1985.

Writer - U.H.F.  Television information film. Directed by Nick Frazer for Special Broadcasting Service. 1985.

Writer - Fighting for a Century. Doco/drama about the history of the New South Wales Fire Brigade. Directed by Tony Bowman. Produced by DeMontigne Productions for the New South Wales Fire Brigade. 1984.

Writer/narrator - Desert Stories. A documentary about bilingualism and Aboriginal storytelling. SBS-TV. 1984.

Writer - Nighthawks. Drama. 35mm 8mins. Directed by John Power.Produced by the Australian Film & Television School. 1983.

Writer - Bunyip. (w/ Steve Wright) 8 mins. Produced by the Australian Film and Television School. 1983.

Editor - The Stories of Obed Raggett.  Stories by an Aboriginal elder.Alternative Publishing Cooperative, Sydney, 1980.

Editor - Touch the Man (selected poems) by Ivan McConchie. Kembali Books. First published in 1976. Re-printed in 1976.

Editor - Kembali anthologies: "Mantra", "Songs of Maya", "...inside the moment", "Threads of the Pattern". (1974-1978)



Other publications

Poems, stories, articles, criticism & other writing have appeared in


Newspapers:

THE AGE, THE CANBERRA TIMES, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN, SYDNEY TELEGRAPH, THE MELBOURNE HERALD, ADELAIDE OBSERVER, THE WEST AUSTRALIAN, DARWIN NEWS, CENTRALIAN ADVOCATE (Alice Springs), KATHERINE COURIER (N.T., Australia), KINGSTON FREEMAN (NY, USA), LOS ANGELES TIMES (Sunday edition), SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, SANTA CLARA METRO (USA), SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL (USA), VIRGIN PRESS, MAGGIES FARM, WASP, HONI SOIT.


Australian magazines/journals:

ANCESTOR, ASH, ASPECT, AUSTRALIAN STYLE, AUSTRALIAN WAY, AUSTRALASIAN BOOK REVIEW, AUSTRALASIAN SMALL PRESS REVIEW, BRAVE NEW WORD, BULLETIN, BYSTANDER, CHOOK CHOOK, COMPASS, ELLIMATA, FALLEN ANGELS, FREMANTLE ARTS REVIEW, ISLAND, KEMBALI, THE LAST POETS' CHOICE, LINQ, LIVE POETS' SOCIETY (LITMUS SUITE), LONG WATER (Vols. 1 & 2), LUNA, MAKAR, MATTOID, MEANJIN, MEDIA INFORMATION AUSTRALIA, MERRI CREEK JOURNAL, NEW POETRY, NORTHERN PERSPECTIVE, OFF THE PAGE (Vols. 1, 2, 3, & 4), THE OPEN DOOR, OVERLAND, PHOENIX REVIEW, POEMS IN PUBLIC PLACES, POETRY AUSTRALIA, POST-MODERN WRITING, RAPPORT, REAL POETRY, SALT, SCOPP, SEE PAGE 207, THE SMALL TIMES, SOUTHERLY, SOUTHERN REVIEW, 24 HOURS, WESTERLY,  X-PRESS, YOUR FRIENDLY FASCIST.


Overseas magazines/journals:

ANTIGONISH REVIEW (Nova Scotia), ANTIPODES (USA), CAESURA (San Jose Centre for Poetry & Literature, USA), CROSSCURRENTS (USA), FRESH! (USA), MELANGE (USA), LA JORNADA (Mexico), LUCID MOON (USA), PRISM INTERNATIONAL (University of British Columbia, Canada), THE READER (University of Liverpool, UK), SAN MIGUEL READER (Mexico), SNOW APPLE (USA), STAND (U.K.), TULE REVIEW (USA).


Books/anthologies/textbooks:

A FIELD GUIDE TO ULURU/KATA TJURTA (Australian National Parks Service); A TIME TO CHOOSE; ABOUT LITERATURE (Macmillan textbook), BORDER TERRITORY (Unorthodox Australian Writing), THE EARTH AND THE BODY (Random House, USA); INSTRUCTIONS FOR HONEY ANTS (1983 Mattara Prize anthology), MEDUNG JACK KUNTIKUNTI (Bi-lingual anthology of Australian verse - English/Bahasa Indonesian); MYTHSCAPES; NORTH OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS; OFF THE RECORD (Penguin anthology), OXFORD BOOK OF MODERN AUSTRALIAN VERSE (ed. by Les Murray); OXFORD COMPANION AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE; PAPUNYA/TULA PAINTINGS; THE  PENGUIN BOOK OF CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN POETRY (ed. By John Tranter); RATTLING IN THE WIND; A READER'S GUIDE TO AUSTRALIAN POETRY (ed. by Geoff Page), REVISIONS (Longman Cheshire); THE TEMPERAMENT OF GENERATIONS (Fifty years of Writing in Meanjin); TOP LINES (From Australian Contemporary Poets), ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD LITERATURE (Viking Press).

Others (including ezines):

ALLENDE (Mexican e-zine), ALICUBI JOURNAL (NYC ezine), THE ALSOP REVIEW (USA ezine), BARBARIAN POETS REVIEW, BLACK ORCHID (USA), CALL IT POETRY (50-minute television documentary); CHOICES = the 1999 PoetFest Anthology (USA), DeHAVILLAND's POETRY PAGE (Australia); EMPYRIOS.ORG (USA): THE FAE WHIRL (Netherlands); GANGWAY #13 (Austrian ezine), KOOKAMONGA SQUARE (USA ezine), MINDFIRE (USA); OZ MUSE (Poets' Union newsletter); POETRYMAGAZINE.COM (NY), SHELTON LEA?S RADICAL POETS (45-minute video); NIGHTCLUB POETRY MAG PAD (Spoleto Fringe publication); SINGING THE SNAKE (Audio tape, "Off The Page Poets", No. 1); THREE CANDLES (USA); STREET POETRY (Melbourne, Australia); A WRITER'S CHOICE LITERARY JOURNAL.


Broadcasts

My work has been broadcast and/or discussed on radio, including the BBC's World Service; ABC Radio National ("Fictions", "The Listening Room", "Radio Helicon", "Live Wire", "Late Night Live" with Phillip Adams, "The Ramona Kovel Show", "The Box Seat - Biography"); ABC Regionals (Queensland); 2BL (Sydney); 2JJJ (Sydney); Radio Skidrow (Sydney); 2RRR (Sydney); 2UE (Sydney); 2GB (Sydney); 2SER-FM (Sydney); 3LO (Melbourne); 3CR (Melbourne); 5AN (Adelaide); 5UE (Adelaide); 7NT (Launceston); 4QR (Brisbane); 2CN (Canberra); 8AL (Alice Springs); 8CCC (Alice Springs); 8DDD (Darwin);  West Coast Weekend  (KQED), San Francisco);  and  The Poets' Hour  (KUSP  (Santa Cruz, California), Sunday Roundtable (WDST, Woodstock, NY).


Television broadcasts include:

Sunday Afternoon Arts (ABC-TV with Peter Ross); Review (ABC-TV with Mark McLeod); The Midday Show (Channel Nine, with Ray Martin); Imagine (SBS-TV, with Paul McGillick); Talking Heads (SBS-TV), (with Helen Vastakopolis); The Book Show  (SBS-TV, with Denny Ahern); and Tasmania Today.

My documentaries and television scripts have been broadcast in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and throughout Southeast Asia.


Performances (Australia)

I have read and performed my poetry/writing  (and the poetry/writing of others) at a variety of venues/festivals/etc around Australia, including Caravan Slam, Don Bank (2011-2012); The Melbourne Festival (1987, 89); The Adelaide Arts Festival (1978, 1990); The Sydney Festival (1979, 80, 81, 83); Carnivale (1991); Montsalvat Poetry Festival (1994); Hawthorn Town Hall readings (1994); Melbourne Writers? Fair (1994); The Country Writers' Festival, Shepparton, Victoria (1994); Australian National Word Fest, Canberra (1993); Darwin Poetry Festival (1991); Launceston Poetry Festival (1988). Other Australian venues include the Lower Melbourne Town Hall; Outpost Inn (Melbourne); Little Reata's (Melbourne); University of Melbourne; Melbourne Teachers' College; Latrobe University (Melbourne); Provincial Hotel (Melbourne); Punters Hotel (Melbourne); Crosscurrents (Ballarat, Victoria); Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education; Warrnambool City Art Gallery (Victoria); University of New South Wales; National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA); Macquarie University  (Sydney);  Charles Sturt University (Bathurst and Wagga Wagga campuses); Wagga Wagga Writers Writers; The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (Sydney); The Shore School (Sydney); MacDonald College (Sydney); NSW Writers? Centre (Sydney); National Gallery of NSW; State Library of NSW; The Wharf Theatre (Sydney); Studio Theatre, The Wharf (Sydney); The Sydney Opera House; Stables Theatre (Sydney); Belvoir Street Theatre (Sydney); Performance Space (Sydney); The Resistance Centre (Sydney); Harold Park Hotel (Sydney); Evening Star Hotel (Sydney); Avalon café (Katoomba, NSW); Poets in the Pub, Grand Hotel (Newcastle, NSW); Astor Hotel (Newcastle, NSW); University of Wollongong; Brisbane Arts' Centre; Burgmann College (Canberra); Australian Defence Force Academy (Canberra); Popeye (Adelaide); Mississippi Queen (Darwin); Araluen Arts' Centre (Alice Springs); Northern Territory University (Darwin); Hotel (Hobart) , and other venues too numerous to mention.

Overseas venues include:

Shakespeare & Co. (Paris), The Poetry Centre (London), Torriano Community Center (Kentish Town, London), Literaturhaus (Salzburg, Austria), Kunstverien Alte Schemide (Vienna, Austria), Fallon House Theatre (Columbia, California); Columbia College (Sonora, California); San Jose Poetry Centre (California); Los Arboles School (San Jose); DeAnza College (San Jose); University of California, Santa Cruz (California); Cabrillo College (Santa Cruz, California); Fort Mason Centre (San Francisco, California), Earth Space Theatre (San Francisco, California); University of California at San Diego (California); Centre for Contemporary Arts and Crafts (Santa Fe, New Mexico); College of Santa Fe;  Kleinert/James Arts Centre (Woodstock, NY); Stone Ridge Healing Arts Center (Stone Ridge, NY); Alternative Bookshop (Kingston, NY); Deep Listening Space (Kingston, NY); Anna Jarvis School (West Virginia,USA); Bellas Artes (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico), University of Sinaloa (Mazatlan, Culican, Los Mochis, Mexico), Centre del Arte (San Luis Potosi, Mexico).


Education

Bachelor of Arts (hons)  California State University at Sacramento, California. Major: English. Minors: philosophy & education. Conferred June, 1970

Diploma of education (Secondary teaching certificate), California State University at Sacramento, California. Conferred June, 1971

Certificate of screenwriting. Australian Film & Television School.
Conferred March, 1984.


Employment

2010 - present - part-time lecturer. Randwick Tech, Sydney - Screen and Media

1983 - present : Freelance screenwriter, producer. playwright/poet. Script editor / mentor

2008 to present - casual screenwriting lecturer/mentor, International Film School, Sydney, Rosebery, NSW, Australia.

2003 - present - Script assessor, Script Central

2001 to 2008 - Full-time lecturer, Screenwriting. Australian FIlm, Television and Radio School, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

2001 - 2005 - Script assessor / consultant, NSW Film and Television Office, Sydney, Australia

1983 - 1997:  Regular book reviewer / critic for
The Weekend Australian literary pages.

1979 - 1982: Literature production supervisor/teacher, Papunya Aboriginal School, Papunya Settlement, N.T. Responsibilities included collection of stories, histories, poems, etc. in the local dialect (Pintupi/Luritja) for  publication and use in outstations' bi-lingual programme. Teaching post-primary boys' class.

1978: Free-lance writer, Sydney.

1977: Workshop manager, Yalundah Day Training Centre. Working with group of intellectually-handicapped adults.

1975: Two months as exchange teacher, teaching English (second language) at Sekolah Economik, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Organised by the Australian Teachers' Federation, Canberra.

1972 - 1976 (inclusive): High school teacher in Victoria and the Northern Territory. Teaching English, literature, drama, filmmaking and cultural studies.


Residencies, Fellowships, Grants

1997  - Poet-in-residence. Literatur Haus, Salzburg and Vienna

1995: Writing attachment. National Playwrights' Centre, Sydney   
         
1994: Literature Board grant. Australia Council. Category "A" Fellowship.  Writing for performance.

1993: Literature Board grant. Australia Council. Category  "B" Fellowship. Auto-biographical writing /Writing for performance.

1992: Writer-in-residence. Zootango Theatre Company and the Tasmanian Writers Union. Hobart, Tasmania. February-March, 1992.

1991: Writer-in-residence. Charles Sturt University. Departments of  English & Performing Arts. Wagga Wagga/Bathurst, NSW. October-November, 1991.

Poet-in-residence. Darwin Poetry Festival. April, 1991. 
                                                                                        
1990: Writer-in-residence. University of New South Wales. Department of English. August-October,1990.

1985: Writer-in-residence. Fort Street High School, Sydney. July-September, 1985.


NOTE: Between 1982 and 1990, I received several grants from the Australian Film Commission to develop story-lines/treatments and scripts for various film and television projects. (See "produced work" and "work-in-progress")


Script Editing & Consultancy and Related Miscellaneous Activities

2001 - present

Script editor - George. An animated television series, written by Alex Holmes.

Script editor - Meiwha. A 3-D animation feature, written by Sejong Park

Script editor - The Five Marys. A feature film by Karen Quah.

Script editor/ consultant - Ali & the ball.  Written & directed by Alex Holmes. Best Short Drama, 2008 Dendy Awards

Script editor/consultant - Richard: the most interestingest person I've ever met.
A 50-minute documentary film by Maya Newell. Premiere, Directors' Fortnight, Cannes 2007

Script adviser / consultant - The Magician. A television (SBS) drama series by Scott Ryan

Script consultancy - East of Everything. ABC-TV Television drama series  by Deb Cox and Roger Monk.

Script editor - Jelly's Placenta. Written & directed by Christina Conrad.

Script editor / consultant - Crocodile Dreaming (working title). A short drama by Darlene Johnson.

Script editor -
The Saviour. Written & directed by Peter Templeman. Oscar nominee (Best Short Drama); winner, Slamdance, 2007

Script editor - Splintered. Written & directed by Peter Templeman. Winner, Slamdance 2006.

Script editor - The Girls. A short feature film by Lis Collins. Director: Clayton Jacobsen

Script editor - The Whistler. A feature film by Greg Woodland. Producer, Tony Buckley


1996-2000

Script editor - Chopper  (feature film)

Script editor - this is BLOCK. A feature screenplay by Amiel Courtin-Wilson.

Script editor - A Modern Crucifixion. A full-length play by Christina Conrad.

Managing editor, Suite101.com (Performing arts); Contributing editor, Suite101.com (Performance Poetry)

Writing in Mexico, giving workshops readings, etc.

Research, writing and public readings in Santa Cruz, CA

Readings at Shakespeare & Co. (Paris)

Research and writing in Tuscany, Italy, re:
The Sacred Runner. Readings in Salzburg, Vienna, and London.

 

1989-1995

Writers' Forum... Seminar and discussions with screenwriter, Jean-Claude Carriere, and several Aboriginal writers, as part of a tour of French playwrights to Australia, sponsored by the Sydney Theatre Company.

Participating artist, exhibition of original paintings at the Barry Stern Gallery, Paddington, NSW.

Resided in San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico, where I was engaged in researching and writing a play about the Soviet filmmaker, Sergei Eisenstein. Invited to read my poetry at the Belles Artes with Octavio Paz.

Co-founder (w/ Paul Thompson): The Writers' Forum, Sydney Theatre Company, a formal discussion group open to a limited number of practising writers (by invitation only) for the purpose of providing a useful and stimulating context within which writers can come together to discuss ideas and issues relevant to their work.

Initiated, organised and participated in "The American Walkabout Tour" which featured a cross-section of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists and their work. Tour participants included two Walpiri songmen/painters (Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa and Paddy Carroll Tjungurrayi), and three, Australian performance poets. The actual tour lasted seven weeks with performances in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Two of my films - Desert Stories and
Nosepeg's Movie - were featured at the Pacific Rim Film Festival, Santa Cruz, California, during the tour.

Organised several major exhibitions/workshops of Papunya/Tula painting (Aboriginal dot painting). Venues include Wagga City Art Gallery; Alexander Mackie College; Australian Film, Television and Radio School; Sydney City College; Syd's Gallery
(Sydney); and Santa Fe's Centre for Contemporary Arts and Crafts.

Organised major performances of Aboriginal song cycles (Tingarri) at The Aboriginal and Islander Dance Theatre (Sydney); and the Araluen Arts Centre (Alice Springs)
.

Organised and coordinated the launching of a major cultural exchange programme between the West Coast of the United States and Australia. This programme was funded, in part, by Cabrillo College (Santa Cruz, California) and by the Literature Board of the Australia Council. In March, 1989, three American poets - Morton Marcus, Anita Wilkins, and Joe Stroud - traveled to Australia as part of this exchange and took part in a number of poetry workshops and public readings. The "Walkabout Tour" of 1991 was a continuation of this programme.