Science : The Pothole Conspiracy takes Mark, a newly-graduated arts degree city bloke (early 1980s) to an outback quarry where he is supposed to be an expert. He spends his days washing rocks, cooking them in a frypan and his nights tapping away on his old typewriter thereby avoiding contact with the other men who call him "Sister Mark" instead of Brother Mark as they do with each other..
Art : The Boards Well Trodden sees Mark back in the city and cast (without auditioning) by his old student-days friend in a play. He says he can't act - but he was perfect to play the part of a mad Irishman.. Next up is his friend's request to write the next play, well at least come up with the dialogue. Mark does some research for the farming story with a hands on approach resulting in aching muscles and blistered skin....
Religion : Other Lives is about recollections, other lives, other people in the past and present. Two years in Sydney, a quiet life in the country and a mission that takes Mark and his wife overseas to smuggle a life-size statue of the Virgin Mary into Ireland..
This memoir is not the typical glimpse into someone's life... as Fiona Scott-Norman says on the back cover of the book : "Lucky he's so hilarious, because otherwise Mark has the life skills of an abandoned toaster."
If you want to try out some "creative manoeuvres" with Mark, join him at his workshop at NSW Writers Centre on 24Feb. http://www.nswwc.org.au/products-page/courses/creative-manoeuvres/