He is the author of A Ticket for Perpetual Locomotion, 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 for Best Fiction. A Sydney Morning Herald reviewer said the book was "nothing if not ambitious" but "too heavy to keep the reader moving."
In May 2015, Geoffrey's second novel, ″The Copyart Murders″ was published by Glass House Books, an imprint of Interactive Publications. The book has been described by Irish poet Terry McDonagh in a review published on the IP Website: "Geoffrey Gates has a beautiful writing style employing prose and dialogue to convey facts and information while, at the same time, holding our attention as the story thunders along. The reader is never ahead of the action. My only reason for reading some sentences more than once was to admire the distinctive style and mastery of language everywhere in evidence." . Prior to its publication, the manuscript was given an honourable mention in the NSW LitLink Residential Fellowships & Unpublished Manuscript Award 2014. .
Gates is currently teaching at The Hills Grammar School in Kenthurst, NSW, Sydney in Australia. He teaches English and is the head of curriculum.
- Gates, Geoffrey, A Ticket for Perpetual Locomotion April 2006, Interactive Press Australia, ISBN 978-1-876819-28-6
- IP Picks Awards
- Your First Book November 2005, Postgraduate and beyond
- Lauren Daniels, for the judges, IP Picks 2005
- McGirr, Michael, A Ticket for Perpetual Locomotion January 2006, The Sydney Morning Herald
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