“Sod the wine, I want to suck on the writing. This man White is an instinctive writer, bloody rare to find one who actually pulls it off, as in still gets a meaning across with concision. Sharp arbitrage of speed and risk, closest thing I can think of to Cicero’s ‘motus continuum animi.’

Probably takes a drink or two to connect like that: he literally paints his senses on the page.”

DBC Pierre (Vernon God Little, Ludmila’s Broken English, Lights Out In Wonderland ... Winner: Booker prize; Whitbread prize; Bollinger Wodehouse Everyman prize; James Joyce Award from the Literary & Historical Society of University College Dublin)





28 June 2017


Long before I met Mark Thomson (above), I knew his lovely Dad, who ran the mapping division in the South Australian Geological Survey when I worked there in the early 'seventies.

Mark, author, artist, inventor and very deep thinker, is the founder of the Institute of Backyard studies and a key operative in the National Trouble Makers' Union.. He is currently pursuing a campaign to put more honesty into road signs.

Mark's current exhibition, Advice to Travellers (and the contemplations of Wayne Sartre, grader driver and philosopher), is on display at the West Gallery at 32 West Thebarton Road, Thebarton SA until 15 July.

Mark will deliver a lecture "attempting to explain it all" at the gallery on 2pm on Saturday 1 July. You'll be lost if you miss it!

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