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McIntyre’s escape: An extract from the unfinished ‘Glenrowan’ prequel.

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 […]

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An Extract from Chapter Two: Ned Kelly’s Masterplan

Joe Byrne holds a clandestine meeting with the Sherritts in this extract from the second chapter of Glenrowan.

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An exclusive extract from chapter one of Glenrowan

An excerpt from chapter one: Loyalty concerning the outlaw Kelly brothers and their siblings.

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The Author Speaks: on the completion of the transcript (for now)

A brief update on the progress of the novel.

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The Author Speaks: On “the wall”

A discussion about the difficulties that pose considerable setbacks in writing and editing.

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The Hanging of Ned Kelly

A song about the execution of Ned Kelly.

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The Author Speaks: on symbolism

A brief discussion on the use of symbolism in ‘Glenrowan’.

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The Author Speaks: On Ned Kelly

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.

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The Author Speaks: “Glenrowan: the edit continues…”

Aidan Phelan discusses the editing progress on the eve of ANZAC Day, 2020.

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The Author Speaks: on inclusion and exclusion

Aidan Phelan discusses the challenge of working out what to keep in snd what to take out when adapting history into a narrative text.