Saturday, August 12
Publisher’s Marquee (1): (Jack Morgan Park): 10am to 11am: Scoundrel Days – Brentley Frazer: Queensland poet, author and academic Brentley Frazer’s newly released book Scoundrel Days has been described as “Tom Sawyer on acid, a 21st-century On the Road, a Holden Caulfield for punks … an extraordinary memoir of a wild adolescence, told in a compelling, poetic voice”. In Scoundrel Days, Brentley tells the story of his youth – wild, disillusioned, impassioned and desolate. Born into a Christian cult in outback Queensland, Brentley escapes through literature and poetry, drugs and violence, sex and alcohol; and his ensuing rejection of religion, authority and the ‘way things are’ leads to adventures, desperation and, just possibly, redemption. Beautifully written and urgently told, Scoundrel Days is a visceral, compelling assault on the senses. An at times brutal story articulated with a poet’s sensibility, it portrays a walker of edges exploring the dark side while searching for the love essential to build a soul. It’s a gritty true story of anti-authoritarian youth – graffiti, drugs and violence, sex and alcohol – and the redemptive power of love, and provokes questions about adolescent boys and how they find their place in society, composed in its entirety using a literary constraint known as ‘English Prime’.