Red Can Origami is a tense thriller about beer guzzling, barramundi fishing, and a bitter conflict between a native title group and a Japanese uranium mining company. Fremantle Press are set to publish the book in December 2019.
Red Can’s told from the perspective of Ava, a young journo who’s been working on an English-language newspaper in Tokyo. Ava, ready for a career change, lands a job as a reporter in Gubinge, a tropical town in WA’s north. It isn’t quite as tranquil as she expects. She writes about a child eaten by a crocodile at a popular fishing spot; she’s shot at by a white pastoralist with a savage reputation; she falls in love with Noah, the Aboriginal boss of Burrika, the local native title group. Then she learns about Gerro Blue.
Gerro Blue’s a Japanese-owned uranium mining company that’s bulldozed a Burrika massacre site. The company is not supposed to be exploring on Burrika country, as they haven’t yet secured a native title agreement with the group. Noah’s put in a difficult position—mindful of the dangers of uranium mining, he’s equally aware that an agreement with the company could lift his people out of poverty. But not all his countrymen feel the same way.
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 the current editor of the National Indigenous Times newspaper and mostly lives in Exmouth, WA.