Ian Lipke’s “Nargun” tells the story of love and jealousy between members of a tribe of Australian aborigines and their conflict with white settlers and another tribe. While undergoing rigorous training, Nargun begins a romantic relationship with Woreena. Drangan, a tribal member, snatches Woreena away from the tribe.  Nargun and his mentor Gomerrigal are directed to hunt him down and kill him.  In the ensuing battle only Nargun survives.  Soon after, Nargun learns of the spread of white settlement and makes his first contact with white people.

Mary and Emily Jacobsen and their cook, Maisie, live nearby. Mary becomes friends with Nargun and his people. She tries to establish harmony between the two races but the whites are determined to drive the aborigines off their land. Nargun leads the aborigines in a war with the whites. The story plays out on top of Tibrogargan, one of the Glasshouse Mountains in Southern Queensland.

Lest Evil Prevail

In the 1950s, a time when the wife of a Russian spy arrives at Darwin airport to be dragged from a plane and granted asylum, the Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies thinks he is in firm control of the government, but there are treacherous bureaucrats jostling for power. Before conspiracy theories have even been formed, June Wilson knows first-hand that all is not well. A stolen document threatens to destroy her life and she is no longer safe.

Her lucky break is the appointment of the charming Detective Chris Foster, assigned to protect her. Together they flee, leaving behind their old identities, to live in Palmwoods, Queensland. But then a series of violent murders rocks the small town and suspicious characters with agendas of their own appear. Things are not as they seem and as investigations ensue, June’s cover is under threat, and she faces exposure. Communist agents, in the service of certain bureaucrats with criminal connections, descend on the town, intent on assassination.

A Ragbag of Tales and Verses

Ragbagis just that. Short stories culled from many years of writing in a collection made up of such tales as the first date of a young man, the fanciful courting life of an Australian aborigine, the sardonic humour of the bushman, a first attraction between two unlikely undercover agents, a super sleuth and a dentist, as well as the nightmare of a mind bent on vengeance and murder.

The poetry is not defined by the parameters of time. The poems are personal responses to the break of dawn in the bush, to solitude, and love, loss and death. Most of the poems are told with a quirky humorous twist.