About Gary

gf2Gary Forrester is a New Zealand-Australian musician, composer, novelist, poet, short-story writer, memoirist, and academic.

According to FishHead: Wellington’s Magazine , Gary Forrester is “modern Renaissance man”: “in addition to publishing three novels and a book of poems, Forrester is a successful bluegrass composer and musician, an advocate for indigenous rights, and a father of six children. Oh, and don’t forget his day job – law lecturer in ethics at Victoria University.”

He lectured at the University of Melbourne from 1976–80, at the Northwestern School of Law from 1983–85, at the University of Illinois from 2000–03, and at Victoria University of Wellington from 2007-2013.

Beginning in the 1980s, he represented Indian tribes in securing restoration legislation through the United States Congress; authored a text on American Indian law; and wrote numerous articles on the rights of indigenous peoples, the environment, and other legal topics.

Gary is a contributor to the Metamodernism blog and the author of a new book which discusses metamodern trends in culture.

Selected bibliography

  • The Connoisseur of Love. Steele Roberts. 2012. ISBN 978-1-877577-72-7
  • Houseboating in the Ozarks. Dufour Editions. 2006. ISBN 978-0-8023-1341-6
  • Blaw, Hunter, Blaw Thy Horn. Mayhaven Publishing, Inc. 2011. ISBN 978-1-932278-68-2
  • Digest of American Indian Law: Cases and Chronology. Fred B. Rothman & Co. 1990. ISBN 0-8377-0684-X. (with H. Barry Holt); republished in 2012 by William S. Hein & Co. as part of its online American Indian Library (https://www.wshein.com/https://www.wshein.com/blog/)
  • “Begotten, Not Made” (excerpt from novel), in: Philip F. Deaver, ed. (2007). Scoring from Second: Writers on Baseball. University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 978-0-8032-5991-1
  • “The Beautiful Daughters of Men: A Novella in Short Verse from Tinakori Hill.” The Legal Studies Forum, Volume XXXIII, Supplement No. 2, West Virginia University (2009), ISSN: 0894-5993 (a journal established by the American Legal Studies Association to promote humanistic, critical, trans-disciplinary writing, and featuring works of poetry, essays, memoirs, stories, and criticism).
  • “A Kilgore Trout Moment” (story). The Legal Studies Forum, Volume XXXIV, No. 2, West Virginia University (2010), ISSN: 0894-5993.
  • “Tulips” (story). The Legal Studies Forum, Volume XXXV, West Virginia University (2012), ISSN: 0894-5993

Selected discography


  • Dust on the BibleRCA (Nicholls and Dimes) (1988) (finalist, Australian Country Music Awards).
  • UluruLarrikin Records (Australia) (1989) (finalist, Australian Country Music Awards).
  • Kamara. Troubadour Records (Australia) (1990).
Composite Albums
  • That’s AustraliaLarrikin Records (Australia) (1988) (composite album produced by ABC Television).
  • Music Deli. Larrikin Records (Australia), Larrikin LRF 227 (1988) (composite album of music “borrowing from different traditions and creating new forms”).
  • Give Me a Home Among the Gum Trees. Larrikin Records, 1996.

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