Books (DNA and I.Q.)

Ever wondere d what a world where people can buy, sell and gamble with their intelligence would be like? So did I! That's why I wrote the I.Q. Trilogy, and later the DNA Trilogy!

If you're interested in seeing how Sydney looks in the year 2290, and love great, free science fiction novels or audiobooks, please visit the site for The DNA and I.Q. trilogies at:

www.dna-iq.com

Royalty Free Background Music

Here is a selection of free, downloadable background music from my musical comedies. The music in this section is royalty free and can be used anywhere (YouTube videos, home videos, whatever) at no cost. Unless it's in a feature film or something, we don't care! (Contact me if you'd like to use the pieces comericially).
Enjoy!

Download the pack here (38 songs, 97 mb)

Acoustic.mp3
Advertisement.mp3
Arpeggio.mp3
Bass and Guitar.mp3
Catchy Guitar and Bass.mp3
Catchy Piano.mp3
Catchy Soothing Guitar Melody.mp3
Catchy Synth and Guitar.mp3
Complicated Melody.mp3
Fight.mp3
Guitar.mp3
Hard Rock.mp3
Hard.mp3
Harmonics.mp3
Idle.mp3
Jazzy.mp3
Layered Synth.mp3
Layered.mp3
Montage 2.mp3
Montage.mp3
Nostalgia.mp3
Ponsemby 2.mp3
Ponsemby 3.mp3
Ponsemby.mp3
Relaxing Guitar.mp3
Relaxing Melody.mp3
Rock 2.mp3

Rock.mp3
Romantic.mp3
Sailor Theme.mp3
Soft Piano and Cello.mp3
Soothing Hard Rock.mp3
Soothing Melodic Ambience.mp3
Synth.mp3
Whimsical 2.mp3
Whimsical 3.mp3
Whimsical Jazz.mp3
Whimsical with Interlude.mp3

Sing Along with History
Release Date: 2010

This is a short album designed to help children learn about history by singing along with catchy music and educational lyrics. It's perfect for teachers looking for ways to teach their students about Ancient Greece, Rome, Mesopotamia and Egypt (click to listen!), as well as the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods.

Click to preview/purchase the album on iTunes

Lyrics: Paleolithic - Neolithic - Mesopotamia - Ancient Egypt - Ancient Greece - Ancient Rome

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Put to Music)
Release Date: 2002

The epic poem put to music by Mark Clark is the perfect way for students to learn the poem, as it is presented in a far more engaging way than simple words on a page. If you're a teacher looking to study this with your students, you need this album.

Click to preview/purchase on iTunes

Teachers: click here to get a free lesson plan for the Rime of the Ancient Mariner!

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Bio and Awards

I'm a Secondary Teacher of Drama and English at Colo High School in Sydney, but apart from this, over the years I have been involved in many interesting projects. In the earlier part of my life I was particularly active in song writing and performing, but as the years have gone on I have spent more time on literary works.

As a high school student I was fortunate enough to be cast as 'Pip' in the 1973 ABC version of Ethel Turner's classic 'Seven Little Australians' (see below) and many other roles in television and radio followed.

In the 80's, after completing my degree in English and History, I formed my own band: 'Your System'. We played rock music, mainly my songs, around the Sydney circuit. We released a single which charted at 20 on the Independent Charts. I also worked as a solo artist playing covers and originals.

In the late eighties I worked in children's television, writing and performing on call for: 'The Ridgey Didge Show'. This was syndicated nationally and enabled me to become a writer full member of APRA (The Australasian Performing Right Association). At that same time I began work in the cast at a Rock 'n' Roll Theatre Restaurant. This show played for two years.

I had my own small studio by then and began to record as series of educational rock songs for the NSW Department of Education which I called: 'Sing Along with History' but they called: 'Rock Historia'. The kit I produced covered the main ancient civilizations like Egypt, Greece and Rome and the kids could learn about them through listening to the songs and singing along. (Listen/Download)

I wrote a few jingles and a march for The Australian Light Horse Association, did some performances on an afternoon time talent show called: 'The Have A Go Show' and became a regular resident stand in for the show when acts dropped out. This gave me a chance to play my original songs on a national show (see Videos section to the right).

I wrote several short stories and one unpublished novel (the prototype for my later screenplay 'Strange Planet') in the early nineties, but it was in 1995 that I wrote my first musical comedy for stage: 'Pirates, Parrots and Penguins'. This is a gentle pantomime, which has proved the most popular of my plays so far, having been played by sixteen casts in Australia and New Zealand.

Seven other musical comedies followed:
Ponsemby's Castle (1996) The Gods Show (1997) Songs from the Bunker (1998)
Wayne Kerr High (1999) Once Upon a Space Time (2000) The Land of Dreams (2000) Dodge City (2001)

'Ponsemby's Castle', 'The Land of Dreams' and 'The Gods Show' have all been played by several casts over the years. Nine songs from these plays have received awards in either the Australian National Song Competition, or the South Pacific Song Competition.

I put music to Samuel Taylor Coleridge's epic 144 stanza poem: 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. Written for stage, it has nineteen sections of music and the poem becomes the lyrics to these songs. The play has not so far been produced for stage, but between 2003 and 2005 I took a one-man-show version of the show into NSW high schools. (Listen/Download)

In recent years I have written two screenplays: 'The Cutting of Keys' (Romantic Comedy) and 'Strange Planet' (Action/Science Fiction). I am currently seeking a movie producer for these. At least one of these scripts made it through to the quarter-finals of the American-based PAGE Screenwriting Awards Competition (read more about my Screenplays below).

In 2006 I wrote and produced 'Stooge' a black comedy reversal on the old Scrooge story. In this, a really positive man is visited by three ghosts who show him what everyone has been saying behind his back and he ends up bitter and cynical. (Watch Online)

In 2007 I self-published my first novel titled: 'I.Q.'. It is the story of a future world where people can buy, sell and gamble their intelligence. It is Part One of a trilogy I have now completed (May '08).

At the time of writing this (January 2011) the prequel trilogy to I.Q. is about to go to press. Titled: DNA it explains how the I.Q. world came into existence. (Get I.Q. and DNA FREE by clicking here)

My objective is to find an agent to get my books to a wider audience and if possible to find a producer to turn these stories into movies. The six novels are each a couple of hundred pages long and contain sections of screenplay. They are to be visualised as action/science fiction movies.


Awards

Since 1995, when I started writing my musical comedies, I have received nine awards for my songs. These awards have come from "The South Pacific Song Contest" and "The Australian Songwriters" Association Song Contest".

I have won awards in seven categories during that time.

Click on any of the following links to hear a sample of the song.

Ready to Roll (2001)
Top 10 Finalist- ASA Song Contest (Country Category)

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men (2001)
Certificate of Achievement- ASA Song Contest (Country Category)

The Genetic Disorder Song (2000)
Award of Merit- ASA Song Contest (Wacky Trax Category)

Finally, I've Found a Man Who Can Dream (1999)
Certificate of Merit - ASA Song Contest (Ballad Category)

The Leopard Seal's Song (1998)
Top Ten Finalist - ASA Song Contest (Children's Category)

Winnie the Pooh and the Heffalump (1998)
Top Five Finalist- ASA Song Contest (Children's Category)


Preview/Purchase Song Here (iTunes Required)

Preacher Man (1997)
Award of Merit- South-Pacific Song Contest (Pop Category)

I Am An Australian (1996)
First Prize- South Pacific Song Contest (Novelty Category)

The Insurance Man Won't Pay My Dad His Money (1995)
Finalist- Australian National Song Contest (Australiana Catego


Seven Little Australians

In 1973 I was fortunate enough to be cast in the role as Pip in the ABC's television production of Ethel Turner's 'Seven Little Australians'.

The series was filmed from January 2 to sometime in May '73 when I was 14 years old. Early exterior filming of the Woolcott house was done in Moss Vale. The majority of exterior filming was done around various parts of Sydney, although later we filmed down in Lanyon (near Canberra) for the Yarrahappini sequences. Interiors were done in a section of Channel Seven hired out by the ABC because it could accommodate a double story set, and also at the ABC studios in Gore Hill, Sydney.

Read more about my time on Seven Little Australians here...

Bands

The Bridge - Stairway to Zeppelin (Disbanded)
I love Led Zeppelin! Our drummer (and my brother) Julian (Juz) Clark loves Led Zeppelin! Our guitarist Jason Garwood loves Led Zeppelin! And our singer Van Samios loves Led Zeppelin! So guess what? We decided we'd play some. Before you listen in, be prepared » we have a female singer. Sacrilege? Perhaps but...

Come and Have a Listen Then!

Give Me the Pearls (Function Band) (Disbanded)
Take out Van from the Zep show; add a keyboard player (Mick Samperi); turn down the volume for the early part of the night; put on suits and get your bass player to sing. We used to schmaltz it up with the best of them.

Have a Listen Here

Your System
We were an independent band from the 1980's. I was the main songwriter for the band. Two of our songs went on a compilation to the U.S.

Listen to one of our songs called "One Shining Light"




Pirates, Parrots and Penguins (1995)

Captain Chook, his talkative parrot, Bono, and his complaining penguin, Epstein, rescue the princess of Tasmania from the clutches of the evil Captain Cambridge. They vow to take her home for a stake in some buried treasure. En route, the princess falls in love with sailor, Jack Tar, and it turns out that the princess' handmaiden, the oversized Gwen, is Captain Chook's long lost love.

Read Some of the Story - Listen to a Song from the Show


Ponsemby's Castle (1996)

Upper class English twit, Ponsemby Bay has only three trees left in his forest. There is a witch, a conservationist, some natives and two lumberjacks about the place. The witch is up to no good (please boo where required) and all the women seem to fancy Chip. Lots of sexist jokes and all the cast members turn out to be members of the opposite sex at the end of the play. No real plot but we get to laugh at the French, the English and the Australians, which is always fun.

Read Some of the Story - Listen to a Song from the Show

Songs From the Bunker (1998)

It's April 29th 1945 and Epstein Pearl and his brothers Heimi and Leon are going to take the fall when the allies come busting down the door of Hitler's bunker due to Epstein's uncanny resemblance to the Fuhrer. The audience has to warn the boys if anyone is creeping up suspiciously behind them. Much fun is had at the expense of the Nazis and the 'Sound of Music' twist towards the end will spoil that movie for you forever.

Read Some of the Story - Listen to a Song from the Show


Once Upon a Space Time (2000)

Ten people on a space ship are approaching a planet. They are nearly out of food. They were all born on the ship but none of them knows what they are doing there. It turns out that they are the only surviving members of a space ark which left Earth five hundred years earlier to colonise a planet orbiting Alpha Centauri. Unfortunately, civilization on board has broken down in the intervening period and all of the cryogenically frozen scientists who were to be the brains of the new world have been eaten by the crew. Einstein's brain is still alive though and with help from Marie Curie's brain the survivors may yet overcome the evil civilization, which already exists upon Alpha Centauri by the time they get there in the second Act.

Read Some of the Story - Listen to a Song from the Show

The Gods' Show (1997)

The Roman Gods plan to take over Mount Olympus from the Greek Gods. Pluto's magic love potion has the Gods at war with one another. Into this enter Solly and Rachel, the production team for: Zeus-This is Your Life and their adopted son Rex Oedipus. Who will be their saviour?

Read Some of the Story - Listen to a Song from the Show

The Land of Dreams (2000)

A light hearted musical about two children, Julian and Juliana who find themselves in the Land of Dreams where they meet: four twits; a family from the deep south of the USA; some run-away penguins; a leopard seal; a pirate and the Dream Master.

Read Some of the Story - Listen to a Song from the Show

Dodge City (2001)

Daniel is a piano player in a Dodge City tavern in 1879. Sally, the barmaid loves Daniel, but he is in love with Virginia, a southern belle who sings in the tavern. Jimmy, a gunslinger, is terrorising Dodge City in the absence of any strong leadership, so, in desperation, the town folk enlist the help of three boasting green horns from back east. Events come to a head in a bar room gunfight.

Read Some of the Story - Listen to a Song from the Show



Screenplays

Strange Planet

This is a screenplay based on a novel I wrote in 1992-3. It was inspired by a man named William Shenton who was the honcho of 'The Flat Earth Society'. He argued that if the world were round (as many people foolishly believed) why then, if you sent a hot air balloon aloft, did the destination not spin around to end up under the balloon? So I thought, what if there were such a planet? So I created one, drilled one civilization into it and set another hovering above its surface as it thundered below the keel of their ships at 1500 kilometres per hour.
This could be one of the great blockbusters of all time, especially now that the 3D FX have caught up with the script, but I need filmmakers, producers, and people with money to come on board.

If this sounds interesting to you, you can read the synopsis and download the first ten pages here.

The Cutting of Keys

My second screenplay, The Cutting of Keys, is a very different proposition. Set in L.A. this story is inspired by my love of romantic comedy. It is the story of a young woman abandoned as a child who finds out the truth about her past through a chance meeting. There is an Aussie connection and a fun plot.

Read the synopsis or download a sample here.

The Adventures of Poofter Moth and Bludger Fly

This script is for a television series. I think the title speaks for itself. Poofter Moth wears a ballet outfit with wings and complains all the time; his house mate, Bludger Fly, wears black and a hat full of segmented eyes. Poofter Moth fancies himself as a superhero and Bludger Fly has to pull him out of the dangerous situations he causes.

Click here to read the first ten pages.

1978

It is 1978 in a typical comprehensive high school in the outer western suburbs of Sydney. James is trying to do well in his senior years but his mates are a major distraction. This is a story of two rival high school bands as the 'New Wave' hits Australia and the coming of age of a boy living in the shadow of a successful father. It is a tale of students getting up to no good and playing with
fireworks, with the sounds of the rock music of the day, both Australian and International, as a backdrop.
It is 1978 in an Aussie high school. James is trying to do well in his senior years, but a rival band, an
overbearing father and his mad mates are causing him trouble. The music of the day, both Australian and International, is the backdrop.

Click here to read the entire script!

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If you're interested in producing any of the above works - contact me.


Other Writings

Hewie the Garden Spider Meets the Queen

This story is especially suitable for children. Read it to them.

Poor old Hewie lost his wife a year ago. He ends up in the Australian prime minister's suitcase and on his way to Buckingham Palace.

Read It Here

Strange Planet

This is my first novel, which I have recently turned into the screenplay 'Strange Planet' (see above).

Read the First Chapter Here

Your System (Earlier Script)

In the 1980's I was lead singer and bassist for a band called: Your System. This short film script is a very silly account of how the band formed and what we achieved (none of which is true).

Read It Here

Henry the Eighth - This Was Your Life (Earlier Script)

I started teaching in 1981 at Concord High School in Sydney. In my capacity as Drama teacher I wrote and produced this script for stage :

Read It Here

The Ten Commandments Retold (Unfinished)

This is a ridiculous script. Jesus is a complaining jew trying to avoid public noteriety; Judas is Hitler with long hair and the disciples are pure stereotypes.

Read the First Twenty Pages or So Here

Malloy's Floppy (1994)

This short story is RATED R! Frequent coarse language, sex scenes and drug use.

Logline: Sci –Fi/Comedy
Malloy is constantly screwing his virtual reality sex machine. When his wife catches him she imprisons him in a virtual world.  Malloy plots his revenge.

Audiobook Available Upon Request

A Trip on LSD

RATED R. Drug use (obviously)

This is a fictitious story. Any resemblance to real people, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Slugline: INT.CARLINGFORD.1978
The title says it all. This is a description of an LSD trip.

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