My second book Dingo Bold is forthcoming with Sydney University Press in 2021. It’s based on my doctoral research into emotional relationships between people and dingoes on K’gari (Fraser Island). It focuses on a dingo I met on the beach and nicknamed Bold, and his family, the Eurong pack. My first book is a biography of an East Timorese church leader, Fighting Spirit of East Timor: the life of Martinho da Costa Lopes (Pluto/Zed, 2000, winner of NSW Premier’s 2001 General History Award).
In 2019-20 Fiona Probyn-Rapsey and I have been researching a conservation project in which two dingoes were implanted with delayed-release poison capsules before they were put on a Great Barrier Reef island to eradicate goats. In one article we analyse the media management, public reaction, political fall out and animal ethics implications of the Pelorus Island goat eradication project. In another we contextualise the scheme within the cultural–political history of carceral colonialism in Australia and the cultural production of ‘pests’, and show how it relates to ideas about the special role that islands play in conservation. We also piece together the story of what happened to the goats and dingoes involved.