I’ve learnt a huge amount through loss and grief - Michael Burge

Michael Burge is a writer and journalist based in Northern New South Wales, in a very literary-named town called Deepwater.


I was privileged to talk to Michael about some deeply personal experiences and his advocacy for the LGBTIQA+ community that has influenced his first fiction book Tank Water.


Tank water takes place over two critical time periods - 1985 and 2005 with the protagonist James returning to his small country hometown to attend his cousin Tony’s funeral. People believe Tony died by suicide but James has his sneaking suspicions that this may not be the case.


If you have been affected by anything you hear in this episode you can phone lifeline on 13 11 14 or QLife on 1800 184 527 or go to https://qlife.org.au/


Thanks to this week’s guest Michael Burge.


Tank Water is published by Midnight Sun Publishing https://midnightsunpublishing.com/2021/09/tank-water/


You can find out more about Michael at https://burgewords.com/


SBS News has done an interactive investigation into potential gay-hate murders among a list of 30 unsolved deaths in New South Wales. https://www.sbs.com.au/gayhatedecades/


The Bondi Memorial public artwork in Mark's Park in Tamarama aims to honour victims and survivors of homophobia and transphobic violence, to help acknowledge and heal the significant community trauma caused by these events. https://www.bondimemorial.com.au/about-the-project


Find out more about Australia’s same-sex marriage postal vote survey at https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-15/same-sex-marriage-results-ssm/9145636?nw=0&r=HtmlFragment and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Marriage_Law_Postal_Survey


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