Wayne Grogan was born in Sydney in 1953. He was a member of the Waterside Workers Federation for sixteen years. He won a Deakin University Vice-Chancellor's Prize for creative writing and was runner-up in the Henry Lawson Short Story Award. Junkie Pilgrim is his first novel. He lives with his wife and children in Sydney and works as an antiquarian book dealer while writing his next novel.
Everyone has a Byron Bay story; everyone who's ever been to Byron knows the utopian promise of the place.
Wayne Grogan's Vale Byron Bay offers up this same promise and turns it on its head. Set during the early 1970s upheaval in the area when the hippies, the Jesus generation and the drug economy converged, Vale Byron Bay is about a working town reshaped by the spiritual seekers and the criminals who determined its fate.
The definitive Byron experience - albeit a haunting one - is all here in this big, bold novel by one of Australia's most powerful and original new voices, ex-wharfie Wayne Grogan, author of the award winning Junkie Pilgrim.