16 March at DownsSteam Tourist Railway and Museum, Drayton

About Michael Burge:  
Michael Burge is a journalist, author and artist who lives at Deepwater on Ngarabal Country in the New England region of NSW.  His debut novel Tank Water is a coming-of-age crime thriller set in the bush and was released by MidnightSun Publishing.  His non-fiction debut Questionable Deeds: Making a stand for equal love (High Country Books) lifted the lid on familial, institutional and government homophobia in Australia.

Michael co-manages The Makers Shed, a creative hub in Glen Innes. Browse his books in his online bookshop and view his artwork at his online art gallery.  He is director of High Country Books. A graduate of Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art, Michael was touring co-ordinator for Arts North West.

In a series of hard-hitting articles for Guardian Australia, Margo Kingston’s NoFibs and Gay Star News, Michael’s journalism has always covered issues of equality, LGBTIQA+ history, popular culture, politics and pathways for independent artists and writers. He has also edited and written for Fairfax Media, Australian Community Media, Intermedia, United News & Media UK and News Corporation.  His article ‘Backwards to Bourke: Bulldust about Gays in the Bush’ was published internationally in the Journal of Australian Studies.

For more detail on his work history check out his LinkedIn profile.

The workshop will be held on site at DownsSteam Museum, which is located at the historic Drayton railway station and features a range of historic carriages, it’s very unique dreamtime carriage and a number of operational locomotives.  DownsSteam are planning to have day-trip train journeys operating in the very near future. 

Cost of workshop will be dependent on number of participants, but cost will include venue, catering and presenter fees.  A very unique opportunity to get your writing on board and on track! 

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