Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson

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JIM ANDERSON graduated as a lawyer from Sydney University in 1961, but says he can’t remember anything he learned. He discovered bohemia when he joined the Sydney Push in the late 1950s and was soon caught up in Sydney’s counter culture. Where Have All the Flowers Gone, his roman à clef based on those experiences, remains unpublished.

He became Art Editor of Oz Magazine in the UK in time to be put in the dock as a conspirator in the famous 1971 Obscenity Trial at London’s Old Bailey. After the demise of Oz in 1973, he spent 20 years in the US where, as well as engaging in various hippie excesses, he edited the Monday edition of The Bolinas Hearsay News, for which he also designed front covers and wrote a column on the previous week’s events. During that period he also worked as amanuensis for writer Charles Fox (The Noble Enemy, Portrait in Oil) and published a novel, Billarooby (1988), a wartime story set in the Australian outback.

Lampoon, an illustrated account of Jim’s life as an artist, was published in association with his retrospective exhibition at the University of Sydney’s Tin Sheds Gallery in 2011.

Chipman’s African Adventure (Valentine Press 2015) is Jim’s second novel. In this blackly comic tale, absurdity and high camp drama supplant and transcend each other with accelerating speed. jimanderson.com.au