The Waterfowl Are Drunk! Kate Liston-Mills’ first major creative work was published in 2016 by Spineless Wonders. It is a series of short stories set in the author’s hometown on the New South Wales Far South Coast.
A series of funny and heart-warming short stories set in the author’s hometown, Pambula, on the far south coast of New South Wales.
A fox stalks a nest of hatching swans, loving parents deal with their child’s Down syndrome diagnosis, a close-knit community mourns a death, and a teenager is forced to give up an afternoon of surfing to spend time with her Nan.
Kate Liston-Mills’s lush but precise prose and fresh perspective gives this collection about the tough stuff of ordinary life immense energy, beauty and warmth. That she manages to get depth of character and intense sense of place in such a slim collection is a true wonder, as is her ability to show the inherent drama and tragedy of everyday life without every straying into sentimentality or bleakness.
EMILY MAGUIRE, Author of An Isolated Incident and Fishing for Tigers
First published as an e-book as part of Slinkies Under 30s Collections.
The Waterfowl Are Drunk! is a short story collection set in Pambula, NSW, and published by Spineless Wonders. Thematic concerns include: small town living, regional Australia, disability, childbirth, war, friendship and familial drama, with a haphazard injection of magical realism.
The Waterfowl Are Drunk! is Kate Liston-Mills’s first major publication. It is part of Slinkies under 30 by Spineless Wonders.