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Bus Stops on the Moon

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title Bus Stops on the Moon
Authors and Contributors      By (author) Martin Edmond
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Dimensions(mm): Height 240,Width 170
Category/GenreOckham Longlist Titles
General Non-Fiction Award
ISBN/Barcode 9781988592510

Publishing Details

Publisher Otago University Press
Imprint Otago University Press
Publication Date 12 October 2020
Publication Country New Zealand


Bus Stops on the Moon is a personal and a cultural history. As memoir, it is a sequel to The Dreaming Land (2015). A troubled and restless young Martin Edmond is on his way to becoming the wiser, older man who will sit down and write both narratives. As cultural history, the book gives us a participants-eye view of the early years of Alan Brunton and Sally Rodwells avant-garde theatre troupe Red Mole. Formed in 1974, Red Mole performed Dadaesque cabaret, agit-prop, costume drama, street theatre, circus and puppetry, live music, and became a national sensation. They toured the country with Split Enz and travelled internationally. One of Red Moles five founding principles was to escape programmed behaviour by remaining erratic. They ticked that one off. In Bus Stops on the Moon Martin Edmond offers, with his customary elegance, a rich and entertaining picture of the high times and low lives of Red Mole.

Author Biography

Martin Edmond was born in Ohakune, New Zealand, and lives in Sydney, Australia. He has worked as a lighting designer in theatre and for rock bands, and as a screenwriter in the film industry. He holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts from Western Sydney University and is the author of more than twenty books, most of which can be described, loosely, as works of non-fiction. The most recent was The Expatriates (Bridget Williams Books, 2017).