Andrew may be gone but won't be forgotten - there are plans for an annual writers' retreat in the town and those of us lucky enough to pass through Larrimah from time to time will be be stopping in to share a drink or ten with Andrew - again. And the NT Writers' Centre is accepting donations for the Writers' Retreat ...
Andrew was one of the Territory’s great eccentrics—but also one of its best contemporary writers,” said Mr Mackinolty. “He came to the Territory chasing music as a journalist, which led to the influential book Strict rules which covered the Warumpi Band/Midnight Oil tour of the Territory and never looked back as a writer. “He followed this with Death in Dili, Catalina Dreaming and An Intruders Guide to East Arnhemland—the latter led to his being awarded NT Writer of the Year in 2009.
A guy came in here from the Navy the other day and...I asked him if they’d taught him how to stop these from going off...and I handed it to him like this. He looked at me...for a split second his training crept in and he goes like “You’ve just given me a bomb”
Well he’s up late at night with the work light on, He’s gonna write a book but first he’s getting out his bong, He’s drinking red cask wine, smoking home grown reefer, Got the stereo on, he’s listening to Aretha, They call him Jesus of Westralia Street. Lyrics for "Jesus of Westralia Street", Tracey Bunn/Colin Holt
The Andrew McMillan Living Wake will kick off at 7pm on 3rd December at the Darwin Railway Club in Parap. I reckon a lobster will get you through the door for what looks like a great night. Hopefully no-one will be writing an obituary for Andrew any time soon...who knows, he might hang around for us to do another one next year...and the year after that!
Donations for Andrew McMillan will be allocated to a McMillan Fund in the NT Writers' Centre books. The NT Writers' Centre is a charitable institution with endorsement as a deductible gift recipient. This means that donors may claim a tax deduction if they request a receipt from us. The McMillan Fund will be used to provide suitable accommodation and care for Andrew as he convalesces over the next six months and, hopefully, returns to his writing.
Congratulations to Marie - and her family - on winning this richly deserved award. By all accounts at least one of the other authors thought that they had the prize in the bag - and was somewhat crestfallen when Marie walked away with the goods.