"Walk with humility and a good heart...do that, and you can walk anywhere in this land."
- Uncle John Long, Ugarapul Elder
The Black & White Braid (Cairn Tor 2021), is a fully-illustrated hardcover collaboration with photographer Carin Garland, due for release april 10th 2021 in conjunction with an exhibition at The Centre in Beaudesert (6th April-20th May).
It is supported by The Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and Scenic Rim Regional Council through the RADF Program.
Walking out their door on a Winter's morning, Benjamin and Carin have no idea where the road - the Black & White Braid - will take them.
For 30 days and nearly 700km, they journey through Queensland's Scenic Rim on foot. In this microcosm of Australia, they uncover the past and discover the present alongside Indigenous elders trying to secure Lore in the next generation; 4th-generation farmers at breaking point; proud South Sea Islander descendants of the first "sugar slaves" seeking to have their voices heard; incredible women and men who banded together during devastating bushfires to save their community; two women trying to save their town from extinction, and many more.
From farmer-preachers in Australia's Bible Belt to environmentalists trying to preserve prehistoric wilderness, young mothers to 103-year-old great-great-grandmothers, traditional custodians to recent immigrants, Benjamin and Carin discover how we are all connected - by the roads that brought us here, by the roads we travel every day through this country we share...and ask: where is the road leading?
The Saltwater Story (Cairn Tor 2018) is a fully-illustrated hardcover collaboration with renowned photographer David Kelly, and was shortlisted for the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance.
It is the story of Allmon’s relationship with Indigenous canoe maker Kyle Slabb from the Bundjalung people and veteran paddler Mark Matthews, who, together with a group of young men (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) build traditional canoes and embark on a 70km, 3-day sea voyage re-tracing an ancient trade route from the heart of the Queensland Gold Coast to North Stradbroke Island, a journey not made for over 100 years.
Mr Ordinary Dons a Disguise (Odyssey Books 2018), is a collection of fifteen short stories written over a seven-year period, and published in journals such as Aurealis, The Waterhouse Review and Writers’ Bloc...and includes "Dicky’s Dilemma", winner of the Judges’ Choice for the 2016 ESU Roly Sussex Award. each story is illustrated by talented Australian and international artists, with cover art by acclaimed surrealist William D. Higginson.
A scheming liver.
A lighter’s journey.
Vengeful teddy bears.
Vending machine salvation.
The Annual Meeting of Words.
Everyone on earth moving six feet to the left.
Escape into vivid worlds, populated by everyday – ordinary, if you will – characters facing unique challenges…when sometimes the mask becomes the face. From horror to humour, speculative to literary fiction, magic realism to psychological dualism: fifteen stories that will linger in the mind.
Benjamin Allmon's debut, Foot Notes (Odyssey Books 2016), is a travel/music memoir recounting his 1000km, 51-day walk along Australia’s east coast, touring his debut album and experiencing life as a modern-day troubadour.
Covered extensively in the media, it was a finalist in the 2017 Best Book Awards, and selected in 2019 as part of the inaugural Adaptable Program run by Screen Queensland and the Queensland Writers Centre , with discussions ongoing about adapting the book to screen.