Retired geologist Alastair Stewart spent 40 years of his life systematically mapping the northern half of the Australian continent.
He worked in some of the most isolated pockets of the country, hundreds of kilometres from the nearest town, spent countless nights sleeping under the stars and countless days at the mercy of the harsh Australian sun.
Between the 1960s to 2000 Alastair mapped a total land area equivalent to the size of Austria and accumulated decades’ worth of stories that are amusing, tragic and fascinating. He has collected these stories into his new memoir, Somersaults in the Sand: Adventures in the Geological Mapping of Australia.
I spoke to my good friend ahead of his book launch at ArtSound FM’s winter solstice book and music fair, which is happening on Sunday, 22 June.
Somersaults in the Sand: Adventures in the Geological Mapping of Australia is published by Halstead Press.
Visit Alastair’s website: www.somersaultsinthesand.com
For more details about the book launch at ArtSound, visit: artsound.fm
Interview broadcast on ArtSound FM.
Interview air date: 14 June 2014.
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