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JD Shaw


About J.D. Shaw.

Picture 042J.D. Shaw’s writing is laced with  his joy in celebrating difference. Infused with subtle social commentary, his work shines a spotlight on the often-bizarre conundrums of modern Australian life and our muddled road to an uncertain future.

Author and publisher J.D. Shaw grew up in the suburban mayhem of Canberra (Australia) in the 1980’s. Art, teen angst, punk music and a far to antiseptic, well-planned city left him with an enduring appetite for almost anything.

Leaving school at seventeen, J.D. Shaw drifted through a variety of jobs including registry clerk and mail delivery boy, tiler and builder, printing, stone masonry, as a truck driver and Union organiser.

After wandering Southeast Asia in the late 1980’s he returned to complete an Environmental Science degree and spent many years working with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, as a Ranger and a ecological planner.

Injured fighting a bushfire in 2000, he spent nearly two years in hospital. His life has now spun in a new direction – writing. Years of conservation experience, political activism and travel, combined with a vision born of his personal journey, have imbued his writing with dark, satirical undertones, interwoven with a unique, quirky humour.

J.D. Shaw’s first book, Iso and the Bushfire, won the NSW Writers Centre’s Open Book Award for Children’s Fiction in 2007.

Spit It Out!, a collection of poetry and short texts, was published in 2010. His writing has also been published in Wet Ink Magazine and the anthology Everyday Splendour.

In Arcadia is a dark but playful journey to post climate change suburbia. An enclave of outrageous entitlement, Arcadia’s community zealously defends its affluence from an increasingly desperate outside world.

His new novel Thirst is gentle and hauntingly beautiful cli-fi road-trip, that meanders through an outback broken by unending drought. Interwoven through a vast Australian landscape, Thirst explores the future challenges caused by our present inaction on climate change and our over-exploitation of natural resources and, at its conclusion, reveals a glimmer of hope at the chaotic end of the 21st century.

In recent years J.D. Shaw has visited Antarctica, the Arctic, Laos and the countries of Central Asia, Syria and Turkey, as well as several journeys to the Australian desert. He currently lives in Tathra, a small coastal community in southern New South Wales.

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