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.

His war novel, BODIES OF MEN, was published by Hachette Australia in 2019 and was longlisted for the 2020 ARA Historical Novel Prize, shortlisted for the 2020 ACT Book of the Year, shortlisted in the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards, and received a 2019 Canberra Critics Circle Award.

Nigel’s new novel, MY HEART IS A LITTLE WILD THING, will be published in May 2022 by Ultimo Press, an imprint of Hardie Grant.

His other works include the story collection JOY (2000), his debut novel REMNANTS (2005), and THE BEACH VOLCANO (2014), which is the third in an award-winning series of novellas. He wrote the libretto for THE WEIGHT OF LIGHT, a highly regarded contemporary song cycle that had its world premiere in 2018 at The Street Theatre in Canberra. 

His short fiction has appeared in the Review of Australian Fiction, Meanjin and Island among other journals, and his creative non-fiction/freelance work has appeared in the Chicago Quarterly Review, The Guardian (Australia edition), the Sydney Morning Herald, and the Canberra Times, among other outlets.

Nigel has held residencies at Varuna (Blue Mountains), Bundanon (Shoalhaven River), and UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

He lives on unceded Ngunnawal /Gandangara Country, otherwise known as the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, and spends considerable time in Canberra, the national capital of Australia – unceded Ngunnawal Country.

Nigel is represented by Gaby Naher, Left Bank Literary, Sydney.

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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.


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