I retired from the University of Hong Kong some years ago. I still do a little academic writing but my main interest now is in writing fiction, and non-academic nonfiction. More in ABOUT ME.
A NEW TRAVELOGUE: Turkey and around the Black Sea
Part 1: Turkey Party 2: Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania Bulgaria. The first two items on the Travelogues page. You may have to sign in to Google+ or Chrome
POLITICAL This is a new page, containing essays explaining how the corporate world has shanghaied politics. A Wave of Unreason tells how neoliberalism fills the corporate coffers at the expense of the rest of us, especially the already poor. Worse, corporate greed has put the health of the planet itself at serious risk. Other essays refer to the most recent developments in the Federal Government in Australia, and to Tasmanian politics. Universities in Society describes the phases of development of Australian universities, their present state, and their proposed future — and yes, another corporate take-over.
ACADEMIC is the story of my academic journey as an educational psychologist. CHANGING UNIVERSITES (2013) is an academic memoir covering over 50 years. In that time universities themselves have changed drastically and not entirely for the good. The last chapter is an overview we might call “The rise and fall of Australian universities.” BUY as POD. Kindle version is available but it was poorly formatted. You can have a pdf version FREE if you email email@example.com and I will send as an attachment
WRITER describes my non-academic writing in three categories: fiction details my four novels and short stories, nonfiction is about memoirs and Tasmanian social history.TASMANIA OVER FIVE GENERATIONS: Return to Van Diemen’s Land? is a socio-political history of Tasmania published by Forty Degrees South. ORDER FORM (Note special online discount: $40 including p&p instead of RRP $49.95).
FROM ASHES TO ASHES The career of secondary school teacher, Peter Morrison. Unlike most of us, Peter marched to the beat of two different drummers: one led him to follow in his father’s respectable footsteps, the other led him into a whole heap of trouble. Facebook page BUY
DISGUISES, published first in 2007, is now an e-book with me as author, not the non-existent Sally Leigh (writers take note: I found that using a nom de plume was not a good idea). The middle section of this book, set in 60s Hong Kong, is some of my best writing: ‘the most beautiful love story I’ve ever read’, as Liz Winfield, Hobart poet, put it. BUY as POD. Kindle version is available but it was poorly formatted. You can have a pdf version FREE if you email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send as an attachment.
And 4th Edition of : TEACHING FOR QUALITY LEARNING AT UNIVERSITY (with Catherine Tang)
TRAVELOGUES contains illustrated accounts of some of my travels: not documentary-style but focusing on some of the more quirky and personal things that happened.
PHOTO GALLERY has slideshows each with a brief explanatory introduction, with a focus so far on Tasmania: Autumn leaves, the West Coast Abt Railwayn (now looking for a sponsor after being abandoned by Federal Hotels), lovely Maria Island, including The Maria Island Walk , Hobart’s waterfront and CBD, and much more. And Hong Kong: Central, the New Territories, all over. This page continually being updated: lots of Tasmania
LINKS to other sites related to my interests