MikeI’m a transient who was born in the once-beautiful city of Christchurch, New Zealand. I moved to Australia at 14. My wife, Sylvia, is my best feature and she was born in the Czech Republic. We have two kids, Charlotte (six) and Billy (three). I’ve lived in a few places, Germany, France, Belgium, England, and the Czech Republic.

I am a newspaper journalist and love writing. If I could find a way to get paid for it, I would spend my whole life learning languages, I love it. I love the theatre of speaking another language and the feeling of a foreign tongue in your head.

This is about meeting a real fear head on and doing something outside the comfort zone. It’s about the feeling of creating a big, proud sound with others and meeting people I wouldn’t otherwise have met.

Photograph by Hayley Marrs.

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