Malcolm McFarlane

Malcolm McFarlane


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Malcolm has been using poetry as a form of sense-making for 40 years. Several years living in Japan as a young man led to the exploration of poetry as visual art, resulting in exhibitions of his work in Newcastle and Sydney. The contrast of these experiences—with an important few years living in the far west of New South Wales—gave life to extended passages of verse. Most recently, The Water Cart, is a verse-novel with elements of historical fact.

After spending his childhood at Tocal, Paterson in country NSW, Malcolm is proud of his career in public education. He has taught in Japan, the Hunter Valley, Wilcannia and Bowraville and he is currently the principal of Orara High School, Coffs Harbour.

The Water Cart is a sophisticated and poetic tale of transcendence above contaminated and misguided perceptions of our differences, to a place where Australian hearts beat closely together; the landscape is harsh, yet humanity is connected. Through the simple beauty of a verse novel, Malcolm McFarlane challenges us all to reflect on our divided past, and contemplate a united future together.’
Dr Chris Sarra, Director-General of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.