Here’s the pitch, again: ‘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.’
But how did Roderick become amongst the most prolific vote-gatherers in the Wet Zebra community? Of course, the work itself is original, and well crafted. But how did Roderick harness momentum?
‘It more or less comes down to the fact that it was mostly my friends and family getting the votes for me, rather than me doing it myself,’ he says. ‘I got my fair share, but I also really encouraged each friend/family member who voted to go out and get as many more votes from their own circle of friends/family/workmates/anyone as they could. I was lucky enough that a large amount of them did just that. I found out a couple of days ago that it kept going onto another level from there, with people I've never met going out and getting even more votes, simply because one of my sisters asked them to, for instance. So the connections just kept expanding.’
Watch this space, folks.