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Requiem with Yellow Butterflies Coming Soon


My Latin America travel book, Requiem with Yellow Butterflies (UWAP), is now available for pre-order through New South Books:

The official release will be in March 2019. For now, here’s the lovely cover design and what some early readers have had to say about it.

‘Australia and Latin America enter into a mutually illuminating dialogue in Halford’s travel essays‘. J.M. Coetzee
‘Literary in the best sense of the word – attentive to place, inventive in its descriptions and bold in its disclosures’. Gail Jones

‘At its heart, Requiem with Yellow Butterflies is a deeply loving portrait of South America, and of the often unexpected currents that flow from its shores to our own.’ Kári Gíslason


The Lakeside House in Sydney Review of Books

I’m proud of this new essay in the SRB. It’s about Judith Wright’s time at the Sunshine Coast, new parenthood and environmental anxiety. Its an extract from my forthcoming book Requiem with Yellow Butterflies (UWAP 2019):


“We Want Them Alive” in 1966 Magazine

My long-form travel piece about Mexico has just come out online. It’s about a Day of the Dead pilgrimage to my father-in-law’s hometown during protests about mass disappearances. Thanks to the team at 1966 Magazine in Texas.

“Southern Conversations in SRB”

A new essay has just come out in the Sydney Review of Books:

Felix Calvino’s Lost Galicia

A new essay on Galician-Australian writer, Felix Calvino, has just been published in the Sydney Review of Books:

Such Loneliness in that Gold: María Kodama on Life After Borges

Here is my new essay on Maria Kodama – Jorge Luis Borges’s widow and literary executor – published in the Sydney Review of Books:

Such Loneliness in that Gold:
María Kodama on Life After Borges

Literatures of the South

A new article in the Conversation on the challenges and possibilities of reading Australian, Argentine, and South African literature comparatively.

I wrote this after attending a seminar on “Literatures of the South” at the Universidad Nacional de San Martin in Buenos Aires earlier this year. Thanks to J.M Coetzee, Ivor Indyk, Delia Falconer, Anna Kazumi Stahl, Frida Hessel, and the UQ graduate school for helping make the trip possible: