IngeMeldgaard

Name Inge Meldgaard
Location Melbourne, Australia
Member Since Apr 11, 2011
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Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, I migrated to Australia as a child in 1957 and grew up in the small town of Yallourn, where my father worked as an engineer. Once I'd finished high school, I moved to Melbourne to study science at Monash University, then worked in a variety of professions, including youth work, teaching, and as a laboratory technician. I returned to study, at Swinburne University, in 1984 (sociology), and again in 1989 (information technology). Before retiring in 2006, I worked in the IT field, my last position being as a departmental IT Manager with Monash University. Besides paid work and study, I've also enjoyed doing a great deal of voluntary work, mainly in the trade union movement and in environmental politics. 

On the more personal side, I've had a lifelong interest in gardening, writing and art. My poetry can be read on the Scribd website. Until fairly recently, I was also someone who kept many cats, mostly rescued. They still tend to turn up on my doorstep, but I now prefer to find other homes for them as there's an abundance of wild birds where I live and I'd rather 'look after' them than cats. However, cats are a central theme in my first book, 'The Cicada', which was published in 2009 and is now available as a revised edition. The book was a very long time in its development as I faced a very steep learning curve, which I imagine most new authors do. It was hard work, but worthwhile, and I have used my professional and personal background to provide authenticity to its details. I've always enjoyed both science fiction and crime/mystery, so decided to combine the two, while exploring some current social issues in a futuristic context. My second book, 'A Death in the Making' is a sequel and is now published as well, soon to be followed by the third in the series, 'The Seed Gatherers'. All three books are set primarily in Australia. I have also published a colour illustrated children's book, 'Boggle the Gymboot Bird', together with Lucy Gao.

Works

Boggle the Gymboot Bird

Boggle the Gymboot Bird

2 pages, updated Aug 16, 2013Completed
Boggle, a young kookaburra who cannot fly, takes his first walk to try out his new shoes and soon finds himself in trouble. Before long, other creatures in the forest come to his aid and become Boggle's friends.
25 reads votes 0 comments 1
Cockatoo Junction

Cockatoo Junction

5 pages, updated Jun 24, 2013GCompleted
A young girl finds out far more than she should. This is an offshoot from my published novels, 'The Cicada' and 'A Death In The Making', set in 25th century Australia. '... read more
10 reads votes 0 comments 0
A Dragon's Tale

A Dragon's Tale

1 page, updated Jun 24, 2013GCompleted
A story which presents an old tale with a modern dilemma.
4 reads votes 0 comments 0
The Room

The Room

1 page, updated Jun 23, 2013GCompleted
The almost surreal world of watching over an ill child where the outcome is uncertain.
4 reads votes 0 comments 0
Hope

Hope

1 page, updated Jun 23, 2013GCompleted
To me, there is little more fundamentally important than helping the Earth heal and to stop the destruction.
4 reads votes 0 comments 0
Chance Meeting

Chance Meeting

1 page, updated Jun 23, 2013GCompleted
Regret for lost opportunities can be a dreadful emotion to bear.
5 reads votes 0 comments 0
Life's Little Troubles

Life's Little Troubles

1 page, updated Jun 22, 2013GCompleted
Cats can be both charming and terrible - as many readers will know all too well.
7 reads votes 0 comments 0
Puss in Boots ~ A tragic tale

Puss in Boots ~ A tragic tale

1 page, updated Jun 22, 2013GCompleted
There are, sadly, many stray cats who never find a good home, but this one did!
15 reads votes 0 comments 0
An Ode to Cockatoos

An Ode to Cockatoos

1 page, updated Jun 22, 2013GCompleted
These very large, delightful birds seem to have a sense of humour, and watching them in the garden is wonderful, but unfortunately, their natural wood-chewing habits can be disastrous around the house.
5 reads votes 0 comments 0
Frail Hope

Frail Hope

1 page, updated Oct 07, 2011GCompleted
Poetry
26 reads votes 0 comments 0

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This fully colour illustrated 32-page children\'s book is now available in paperback, hardcover and eBook (pdf) formats, worldwide. The original...
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