Michael Wilding is emeritus professor at the University of Sydney. He was a founding editor of the UQP’s Asian & Pacific Writing series, of the short story magazine, Tabloid Story, and co-founder of publishers Wild & Woolley, and Paperbark Press. He has also been a milkman, postman, newspaper columnist, apple-picker, Cosmopolitan‘Bachelor of the Month’, and Chair of the New South Wales Writers’ Centre. He has published twenty four works of fiction and books of criticism on Milton, Marcus Clarke and Henry Lawson He has been translated and published in over twenty countries.