Benjamin Allmon is the author of three very different books
His debut, Foot Notes (Odyssey Books 2016), is a travel/music memoir recounting his 1000km, 51-day walk along Australia’s east coast, touring his debut album and experiencing life as a modern-day troubadour.
Covered extensively in the media, it was also a finalist in the 2017 Best Book Awards.
The Saltwater Story (Cairn Tor 2018) is a fully-illustrated hardcover collaboration with renowned photographer David Kelly, and was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance. It is the story of Allmon’s relationship with Indigenous canoemaker
Kyle Slabb from the Bundjalung people and veteran paddler Mark Matthews, who, together with a group of young men (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) build traditional canoes and embark on a 70km, 3-day sea voyage re-tracing an ancient trade route from the heart of the Queensland Gold Coast to North Stradbroke Island, a journey not made for over 100 years.
Allmon’s latest release, Mr Ordinary Dons a Disguise (Odyssey Books 2018), is a collection of fifteen short stories written over a seven-year period, and run the gamut from speculative to literary fiction, from horror to humour. Published in journals such as Aurealis, The Waterhouse Review and Writers’ Bloc – including Dicky’s Dilemma, winner of the Judges’ Choice for the ESU Roly Sussex Award – each story is accompanied by an illustration or photograph by talented Australian and international artists.