The Signatory is a wild and enthralling vella from Kirk Marshall, an emerging Australian writer and editor of the Red Leaves bi-lingual literary journal. This mind-bending tale of Scottish cryptozoology must be read to be believed as it blusters and dallies with the mad antics of the strange British dilettante, Sebastian Sackworth. It is at times reminiscent of the nsense literature of Lewis Carroll et al - and yet displaying more contemporary (dare we say) borgesian stylistics. A delightfully absurd dramatis personae pits together a misanthropic anthropologist and a lusty Italian ornithologist on a madcap search for a rare Red Swan, soon to be joined by an Icelandic recluse, a chimpanzee, and a torious pirate, to name a few. Along the way, Marshall manages somehow to mix in odd polemics on public transport sex, the science of moats, and the mysterious highland landscape.
Kirk Marshall is an award-winning Australian writer, and teacher of English Literature and Media (Film & TV Studies) at RMIT University. He is the author of The Signatory (Skylight Press; 2012), Carnivalesque, And: Other Stories (Black Rider Press; 2011), and A Solution to Economic Depression in Little Tokyo, 1953. He edits Red Leaves, the English-language/Japanese bi-lingual literary journal. He now suffers migraines in two languages.