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ZZ-TV – Cambodia Calling!

I was in Phnom Penh, Cambodia this week and had the opportunity to do some recording with The Mincers. Singer Zoe Zac and her merry punksters recently rolled in from Hobart, Tasmania to play a string of dates in Southeast Asia. Zoe organized two days studio time with producer Professor Kinski and we recorded two […]

The Price of Life by Nigel Brennan

It’s been a real pleasure, a profoundly moving experience, and great fun meeting and hanging out with Nigel Brennan at the UBUD Writers and Readers Festival in Bali and, more recently, in Bangkok. Nigel is The Dirty Hostage, an Australian photojournalist who traveled to Somalia in 2008 and was kidnapped. The blurb to his incredible […]

Andrew Nette on the state of crime fiction in Asia and Crime Wave Press

Australian crime writer Andrew Nette, author of Ghost Money, which is set in Cambodia, is interviewed by Noir Nation on his career, the writer’s life, the future of ebooks and crime fiction in Asia. Nette gives my new fiction imprint Crime Wave Press a mention too and is currently reading Dead Sea by Sam Lopez, […]

The Most Secret Place on Earth (The CIA Covert War in Laos) broadcast on Australia’s ABC1 Television on January 24th

The Most Secret Place on Earth premiered in Australia on ABC1 television on January 24th at 9.30pm. Ironically, The Most Secret Place on Earth competed with Generation Kill, showing on ABC2 at the same time, a seven-part war mini-series about a Rolling Stone reporter embedded with US troops in Iraq.  About the film: For a […]

The Cambodian Space Project Rocks Australia

The Cambodian Space Project are currently on tour in Australia, before taking the sounds of Khmer rock to the US, China and Europe in the spring. Listen to a radio show on ABC National Radio Australia featuring a great session and an interview with The Cambodian Space Project. Singer Srey Thy sings several songs from […]

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