Mark 'Ponyboy' Peters
Aussie, Queer & Country
LGBT themed stories with an Aussie flavour, reviews, observations and real life LGBT histories.
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1. ‘Awww . . . c’mon, Chris,’ urged Jeremy Hutton, my best friend for as long as I could remember. ‘Don’t be such a wuss!’
Holden Sheppard’s INVISIBLE BOYS
Every now and then I come across a novel which resonates so powerfully with me that it leaves me shaking by the time I finally reach The End. The first time this happened was when I was in high school and that book was Lord of the Flies. Now, more than forty years later, it has happened again, this time with an Australian novel with characters and settings and events which quite eerily mimic my own upbringing, along with that of so many young men who have grown up as gay in rural Australia.
What could I possibly say . . .
As someone who has been writing fiction on and off for twenty years or so (not professionally, of course) a question was posed to me recently by someone who has helped with editing a number of my stories, asking what I would talk about if I were to be asked to give a speech or write a column.