Acknowledgement of Country

I acknowledge and respect the living cultures of the Ngunnawal and Gandangara peoples, who are the traditional custodians of the land on which I am so incredibly fortunate to spend my time writing. I pay tribute to the unique and powerful role that First Nation communities have played – and continue to play – in the life of what some call the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales. I acknowledge all Elders, past, present and emerging, and honour those who continue to teach me wisdom and learning.


Under the counter or a flutter in the dovecot is the occasional blog of Nigel Featherstone, an Australian writer who has been published widely.

Nigel’s latest work is the novel MY HEART IS A LITTLE WILD THING, published by Ultimo Press (Hardie Grant) in May 2022. He is represented by Gaby Naher, Left Bank Literary, Sydney.

For more information, please visit his main website, which can be found at


For publicity enquiries relating to MY HEART IS A LITTLE WILD THING, please contact Emily Cook on

For publicity enquiries relating to BODIES OF MEN, please contact Hachette Australia.

For other matters, you’re welcome to contact Nigel direct on nigel68 AT You can stay in touch via Twitter and/or Facebook and/or Instragram.

Blog acknowledgements

Author photo by David Lindesay. Author photos circa 2018-2020 by Andrew Sikorski. Other images used are either those taken, produced and prepared by Nigel Featherstone, or are presented for educative purposes only. The National Library of Australia archives Under the counter or a flutter in the dovecot in the National Bibliographic Database as part of the PANDORA Archive, which ensures that all the material published here is safeguarded against changes in hardware and software, and that the blog as a whole is protected in perpetuity.


Unless otherwise stated, all work on Under the Counter or a Flutter in the Dovecot by Nigel Featherstone is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.