Geoffrey Gates

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For the Member of Parliament of the same name, see West Looe (UK Parliament constituency).

Geoffrey Gates was born in Sydney in 1968 and has lived in Australia, England and Germany.

He is the author of A Ticket for Perpetual Locomotion,[1] a novel about a young man named Carlos who disappears after reading the work of fictitious Mexican writer Eduardo Maranda. Short, episodic chapters follow the adventures of three 'Perpetual Locomotors' and Maranda, the author of their troubles. The novel uses a multiple narrative and frequent flashbacks and has elements of magic realism, mystery and travel genre. It was published by Interactive Press in 2005 with the support of the Australia Council and won the 2005 IP Picks Award[2] for Best Fiction.[3][4] A Sydney Morning Herald reviewer said the book was "nothing if not ambitious" but "too heavy to keep the reader moving."[5]

Short stories by Gates have appeared in such academic journals as Verandah, Dotlit, Gangway, UQ Vanguard, LINQ and Southerly.[3]


  1. ^ Gates, Geoffrey, A Ticket for Perpetual Locomotion April 2006, Interactive Press Australia, ISBN 978-1-876819-28-6
  2. ^ IP Picks Awards
  3. ^ a b Your First Book November 2005, Postgraduate and beyond
  4. ^ Lauren Daniels, for the judges, IP Picks 2005
  5. ^ McGirr, Michael, A Ticket for Perpetual Locomotion January 2006, The Sydney Morning Herald

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