Popinjay’s Beverage Emporium
In a remote Outback community in the Gulf Country, an odd collection of heroes and monsters come together under the hot November sun to play out a conflict stretching back 5,000 years - but who are the heroes, who are the monsters and who are the poor fools in between?
The town of Arthur’s Crossing and its satellite, the almost-abandoned village of McAllister, both receive new arrivals. In McAllister, an aimless, hitchhiking backpacker with purple hair and a guitar finds work at a pub owned by three of the strangest characters he has met anywhere in his travels - Herculaneum Popinjay, Polaris Zhenshchina and Sonny Somnamble. They claim to be low-level monsters who never had any stories told about them, and migrated to Australia from Europe, Russia and India.
Meanwhile in Arthur’s Crossing, a family looking for a new start and a doctor with a secret mission arrive one November only to find their own stories linked in ways they could never have foreseen.
An eclectic tale, it weaves folklore, mythology and history from all corners of the world along with a very real glimpse of life in a struggling small town in North Queensland, weighed down by drought and drained by constant decline of population and services.
By turns comedic, terrifying, tragic, and triumphant, Popinjay’s Beverage Emporium is both an outlandish fireside yarn and a thoughtful examination of ideas of power, politics, friendship, inclusiveness and prejudice, and how ultimately we can all choose our own identities.