MICHAEL BURGE grew up on a mixed stock and crop farm near Delungra in the NSW Northern Tablelands, and now lives at Deepwater, NSW, in an 1885 railway gatekeeper’s cottage.
He has worked in rural and agricultural media in Australia, Britain and North America for the past 25 years.
He produced and directed a series of documentaries for UK-based Farming Press (a subsidiary of United News & Media). His subjects included gardener Beth Chatto, shepherdess Katy Cropper, and farm-boy-turned-international artist, Andy Goldsworthy.
Back home, Michael worked for Sydney-based agribusiness media experts Anvil Media; and edited and wrote for Blue Mountains Life, which gave him the opportunity to write about a region he had a 30-year association with.
From 2012-2017 he worked for Fairfax Media as a sub-editor for weekly ‘bibles of the bush’, The Land and Queensland Country Life; deputy and acting editor of Fairfax’s FarmOnline, and senior journalist at The Jimboomba Times.
In 2015 he published his non-fiction debut and his first collection of short stories. For the full range of his books check out his online bookshop.
His work about writers, performers, artists, rebels, LGBTI equality and the writing process can be accessed by subscribers at his website.