Thursday, January 17, 2013

An Aurealis Interview - Jason Nahrung

"I drew on my childhood growing up on a cattle property on the Queensland coast for this story. Fencing was something we did a lot of! That sense of isolation — not necessarily an enemy, by the way — particularly for a young fella was something that definitely underpinned this story, that and the social nexus that is the country dance. Wild dogs were something we combated but obviously our packs of dingoes and ferals weren’t quite as vicious as the ones in Breaking the Wire. I’d also add that my family life was somewhat more cheerful than the one depicted in this yarn, though that idea of having a new generation to hand the farm to ran strong out our way." 3.5 out of 5