Stories and folklore passed down from George, my father.

Yarns have been part of my life for as long as I can remember.

Not always written words but the sounds that flow from a person's voice box - you know, the music of language. It was my dad who told us kids stories and he taught me to listen to the tales of the bush; the laugh of the kookaburras, the howl of a dingo, bark of a dog, neigh of a horse and all the other chatter that goes on in the bush. Even the silence was deafening at times.

Then we moved to Sydney where the noise was deafening most of the time.

Luckily, during my years at school, I found the amazing magic of the written word and the surprising complexity of visual language. As a consequence, I'm still having an on-going affair with words and images involving lots of effort and lots of tinkering with the tools in my head. In other words, the affair involves learning. As you know, learning is a life-long voyage of discovery so I'm still travelling. ( And if you want to view my professional site visit K. Knight-Mudie)

Talking of learning:

I'd better mention that a major part of my voyage involved teaching in both the secondary and university systems in Queensland. Along the road of learning I've written lots of words and ended up getting hooked on Philosophy so I did a PhD (James Cook University) in an effort to put some order to all the files in my head. Now I can relax and even forget stuff knowing it's safely locked in words.

Also, my voyage involves making images.

I'm a watercolour artist and I've had many exhibitions in Australia. I've made field trips to places like the Flinders Ranges and Lake Eyre in South Australia; Carnarvon Gorge and Mt Moffatt in Queensland and Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. I was invited to visit Kakadu as a participant in 'Artists in the Field', a project co-organized by Dr Colin Jack-Hinton, then Director of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, and the late Frank Hodgkinson, one of Australia's leading artists.

So now you know something about me, except the most important part. As well as two wonderful children, I have, as Gabby Galah would say, two "amazing, beautiful, stupendous, fantastic, brilliant, splendid, remarkable, incredible, astounding, marvellous and mind-blowing" grandchildren.

I hope you enjoy reading YARNS FROM YANDILLA, become friends with the folk of LillyVille and learn lots about the animals you meet in the Shire.

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