Ava has just landed a job as a reporter in Gubinge, a tiny tropical town in Australia's north. Gubinge has a way of getting under the skin. Ava is hooked on the thrill of going hand-to-hand with barramundi, awed by country, and stunned by pindan sunsets. But a bitter collision between a native title group and a Japanese-owned uranium mining company is ripping the community in half.

From the rodeos and fishing holes of northern Australia, to the dazzling streets of night-time Tokyo, Ava is swept in pursuit of the story. Will Gerro Blue destroy Burrika country? Or will a uranium mine lift its people from poverty? And can Ava hold on to her principles if she gives in to her desire for Noah, the local Burrika boss?

Red Can Origami is set to be published by Fremantle Press in December.


Madelaine Dickie has been writing since she was seven. Her first novel Troppo was published by Fremantle Press in 2016 and her second novel Red Can Origami is due to be released in December 2019. In 2017, she was awarded an Asialink residency, supported by the Department of Culture and the Arts WA, to travel to Youkobo Artspace in Tokyo to work on Red Can full time. While in Japan, she travelled through parts of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear exclusion zone to witness first hand what a nuclear catastrophe looks like. Her experiences are detailed in an essay which was published by Coldnoon International Journal of Travel Writing and Travelling Cultures.

In addition to Japan, Madelaine’s travelled to far-flung corners of the world like Senegal, the Dominican Republic and Namibia in search of surf and the space to write. She failed Japanese, is studying Spanish and speaks Indonesian. Madelaine is heading to Mexico in August 2019 to undertake a residency at Arquetopia International Artists Residency. She’s the former editor of National Indigenous Times, an online news site, and lives in Exmouth, WA.