Voicing the Dead
You ask, 'Can the dead speak?' I answer, 'Is this blood that runs in my veins, or ink? I ask that you read me. I ask that you hear me. See me. Touch me. Others have, and tasted my blood...' So writes Jack Ireland, 14 year old English born survivor of the horrors of capture by head hunters. In Voicing the Dead, internationally-awarded author Gary Crew revisits the astonishing story of nineteenth century teenager Jack Ireland who survived - and lived to fight back through his 'never say die' determination and creativity.
Dr Gary Crew is Associate Professor (Creative Writing) at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Living in the mountainous subtropical village of Maleny, Gary is an internationally published and awarded author, winning the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award four times, twice for his novels and twice for his illustrated books. He is crazy about dogs, especially Jack Russell terriers. Also by Gary Crew: Strange Objects, Finding Home, The Cuckoo and In the Beech Forest.