“It was that moment that I realised how important it is to understand people from history, just as we do with people in the present, based on contextual factors and free of prejudices. That is to say that they deserve to be looked at based upon demonstrable qualities rather than trying to pigeon hole them based on perceptions or preconceived ideas. People are nuanced, multifaceted beings. They have virtues and flaws, regardless of which is more dominant, and these often paradoxical elements coalesce into what we define as a personality. It’s all very Yin/Yang, but this is the reality.”
An exploration of how an understanding of psychology can help turn historical figures into fully fleshed and authentic characters.
McIntyre had since crawled out of the hole and put his boots back on. He stumbled through the bush, doused in rainwater, his boots rubbing uncomfortably. He paused long enough to realise he had put them on the wrong feet and switched them around. Convinced the gang were no longer in pursuit he decided to […]
Joe Byrne holds a clandestine meeting with the Sherritts in this extract from the second chapter of Glenrowan.
An excerpt from chapter one: Loyalty concerning the outlaw Kelly brothers and their siblings.
A brief update on the progress of the novel.
A discussion about the difficulties that pose considerable setbacks in writing and editing.
A song about the execution of Ned Kelly.
A brief discussion on the use of symbolism in ‘Glenrowan’.
The core of the Glenrowan story is Ned Kelly. Everything that occurs is either directly or indirectly linked to him and his decisions. Naturally this should position him as the protagonist of the story, though protagonist usually implies that character is the “good guy”. As I’ve discovered, simplistic terms like “good”, “bad”, “hero”, or “villain” are just completely inadequate to describe someone as complex as Edward Kelly.