It’s a great pleasure to announce MetaPlume’s representation of Peter Rake, an emerging artist from Australia whose short stories and upcoming novel capture the grit and beauty of outback Queensland during the ’50s and ’60s.
Being an Australian myself, I instantly have a picture in my head about the place and time … none of it particularly accurate I’m sure, but I can picture the dust under the horses feet and the shape of the hats on the drover’s heads as they are silhouetted against the deep orange skyline. For those readers outside of Australia, Pete’s stories are set in a remote part of Australia, featuring small towns and large cattle or sheep stations, at a time where, according to Pete, anyone could turn up to a station and get a job, so long as you were up for good honest, hard work.
The first short story that we will be publishing of Pete’s is about Notty, a disheveled town small-time thief and bar-fly who accidentally gets wind of some stock thefts and takes it upon himself to catch the crooks.
I’ll be posting more news about Peter Rake and his work in the days and weeks to come. In the mean time, check out his blog, Around the Campfire with Old Pete.