Some of the work contained in this book first appeared in various forms in the Age, Ash, Aspect, Australian, Australian Way, Brave New Word, Bulletin, Compass, Ellimata, Fallen Angels, Fling!, Long Water, Mattoid, Meanjin, Northern Perspective, Open Door, Overland, Scopp, Southerly, Southern Review, Sydney Morning Herald, Virgin Press, Westerly, Your Friendly Fascist, Prism International (Canada), Antipodes (USA), Crosscurrents (USA).
It has also appeared in the anthologies Border Territory, Instructions for Honey Ants, A Time To Choose, Off the Record, Rattling in the Wind, The Great Centre Anthology, Street Poetry, and has been broadcast on ABC radio, Radio Helicon, 3CR, 2SER-FM, Radio Skidrow, 2JJJ, and 8CCC.
“Maybe it was debil-debil—some angry spirit bird; or kerdaitja, maybe kerdaitja; or a giant insect, tjinguru1 pintapinta purlka. It came up over the sand-dune, without legs—thesound of a hot time thunderstorm, swooping. The women threw their digging sticks at it. The men chucked spears andboomerangs. They couldn't hurt it; there was nowhere to hide. It burned without flames, bright as the sun. Mothersdropped their children and ran. The families scattered.
“Later, we discovered aeroplane and sheet of iron, and it took us inside and then we knew why the spears hadn't worked.”
From an oral history