"I don't preach in my novels but I do have a progressive world view," he says. "And although some of my work could be seen as social realism there's always a dose of magical realism. And a meditation on life and death."
But for Michael, his greatest legacy as a teacher is turning kids and young adults (and oldies) onto writing. Some have gone on to be authors while so many have kept on writing.
Michael: father, grandfather, and drummer
Michael has four adult children and two grandchildren aged 2 and 3. When he's not busy with writing, he enjoys reading, working on his house in the bush outside Foster, Victoria; walking on beaches, sitting on the sand doing absolutely nothing, and playing with his hand drums-he has two djembes and a collection of congas and bongos. He also plays the didgeridoo.
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"Any kind of life is worth documenting. Of course in western societies, I suppose the belief would be that you have to be famous, a criminal, a rockstar, millionaire… But I'd be interested to read the memoir of a single mum who lives on the nineteenth floor of a housing commission block."