The first caravans arrive in a convoy. Wayne Macauley's narrator, Wayne Macauley, is in one of them. He's one of the artists removed from his home, given a new place to live and the chance to 'give back to society'. In his strange new community, housed on a footy oval in a faraway country town, he is given his task. To create and be useful. To be thankful for the opportunity. He decides he will not give in to his misgivings; he will write. Then he finds out about the rejection slips already written for the work he has yet to submit...
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'A delicacy and wryness, a sort of tough reversal of expectations, that relaxes the mind and sends it skidding on the thinnest ice of elegance... If Macauley is black, he's satiny.' - Peter Craven