Clancy Tucker - author, photographer and sometime poet.

Storyteller, Author, Publisher, Photographer, Human Rights Activist, Social Justice Campaigner and sometime poet.

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They take you away to awesome places."



*** LATEST NEWS! ***

Just released!


A novella about disabilities,

loyalty and courage

Blurb for Sheeza

Danny Morandi lives in a large Australian country town and is bullied by a local farm boy, Kyle ‘Mad Dog’ Fletcher, because Danny has an artificial leg, wears glasses and wants a sheep dog. Danny’s best friend, Joey, defends him in a fight with the bully and they end up before the school principal.


     Inspired by videos he’s seen about English sheep dogs, Danny earns money by doing odd jobs, and his parents finally agree to him having a sheep dog after some rousing fights. He purchases a female pup born with a deformed hind leg and names her Sheeza. Danny trains her to compete in the Wanganui Sheep Dog Trials and finally enters the prestigious contest. It rains during his presentation, Danny falls over and the bully’s dog deliberately interrupts his trial, but Danny pushes on. Will he finish? Will he win?


     Sheeza is stolen and Danny is heart-broken. Months pass and he loses hope of finding his dog, but Joey remains positive. With the help of friends, Danny appears on talkback radio and later that night on a famous television show, ‘Tonight Live’. His search for Sheeza has caught the attention of the entire nation. People call the station and recall seeing his dog. Then, a dog matching Sheeza’s description is located outside a diner in Bundaberg, Northern Queensland. Is it Sheeza? Will Danny find his dog?



Award-winning novella about modern bullying!


Suitable for all school-age kids - and their parents

'Highly Commended' in the FAW, Jim Hamilton Award,

2006 National Literary Awards

Rida Khalid is a Muslim refugee from Iran. She is bullied by two girls at school for wearing a hijab (Muslim headscarf), reading books and wearing glasses, and seeks refuge in an old man’s garden after school. Rida meets an Asian girl at school, Ky, who also loves books, but Rida soon dumps her for a gawky girl, Carmen, who teaches her about fitting in. To be accepted, Rida removes her hijab at school, but she must wear her headscarf whilst competing in the inter-school sports. Her family will attend.


     Rida deliberately loses the first race because Carmen says, “Only nerds do well in sports”. The sports master berates Rida for losing the race and points to Ky who’s made an extraordinary effort to get out of hospital to watch her run. Ky is battling leukaemia. Rida wins the next two races and gives her winning ribbons to Ky for good luck.


     Rida enters the State Athletics Championships, but two athletics clubs lodge an objection to her hijab. Rida is shocked when a retired Queens Counsel (QC) represents her at the Equal Opportunity Commission. Who is he? Will Rida win the case? Will she run in the State Championships?  Will Ky beat leukaemia, and who owns the garden that Rida has used as a sanctuary?










However, I strongly recommend that you

read 'Gunnedah Hero' before you read this book!


Fifteen-year-old Gunnedah ‘Gunnie’Danson begins work at Wiralee Station,

a cattle station owned by his family since 1848 and one made famous by his

great-great-grandfather, Smokey ‘Gun’ Danson. 

Gunnie attends a clearing sale at Swenson Station where his great-great-grandmother, Molly,was born.

He finds a journal she wrotein 1910 called ‘A Drover’s Blanket’,

discovers a mare that’s directly related toMolly’s original horse, Dusty, and meets Molly’s brother, Artie Swenson.


A foal, the old mare, the journal and a famous painting, ‘The Wiralee Queen’, is stolen and

Gunnie is shattered. Jenni Danson, a relative ofSmokey’s best mate, Magic Billie, is missing in

Queensland and Gunnie’s uncle,Wirra, is diagnosed with a tumor.


Nothing but bad luck has happened since Gunnie arrived at Wiralee and he spirals into depression.

Will he stay at Wiralee Station?

Will Wirra be okay?

Will they find Jenni alive during the monsoon season?





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Boo is a seven-year-old Thai girl whose father is dying. She must leave home and travel 1700 kilometres to live in an orphanage, ‘Pa Joe’s Place’, run by a foreigner (farang). With a bag of clothes, some food and a mysterious envelope addressed to ‘Pa Joe’, she endures an adventurous train trip to Songkhla. On the way, she meets influential people who know Pa Joe, and a wise monk who gives Boo a lucky amulet.

Boo has survived four life-threatening situations since she left home: a train crash, snakebite, tsunami and a fire. Suddenly she takes ill and is rushed to hospital. Will her lucky amulet help her to survive?

Outstanding Review

"Hoei, Boo! With ‘Pa Joe’s Place’, Clancy Tucker has created an extraordinary piece of writing. From the first page, I fell in love with little Boo’s unpretentious yet endearing character, as will every reader, whether young or young at heart. Wherever Boo goes, she touches people in a special way. Told from a child’s perspective, the story doesn’t have much of a plot, but what Clancy Tucker offers will tug at every reader’s heartstrings, which more than makes up for that small deficiency. The novel has superb writing with excellent narrative and dialogue; a jewel. This book can be read more than once, revealing flashes of pleasure that may have been missed before.

 ‘Pa Joe’s Place’ also plunges the reader into aspects of Thai culture and the harsh life of its people struggling to survive in an environment tourists perceive as idyllic. Given this glimpse, the reader will be tempted to visit Songkhla for himself and see that land through Boo’s eyes. The ending is sure to leave the reader tearful. This is a story no one will forget soon.

I enjoyed reading this book immensely; a pleasure to come across such a work, having reviewed some very ordinary efforts."

 Stefan Vucak



Winner of two awards in the

Australian National Literary Awards: 2007 & 2011

"Gunnedah Hero" by Clancy Tucker is a great historic read about a young fourteen year old boy discovering the family history by means of old documents, left to him by his grandfather.
Gunnedah Danson reads the diary from 1910, a time when his great-great-grandfather looked after a large herd of cattle at a time of a most serious drought.

That story is written with excellent attention to detail and it gives great insight into farming and herding of the times and is written with a great narrative and manages to hold the attention easily.
The story of the past consumes Gunnedah but the story is more complex than this. He reads all this while staying at a family cattle station where problems of their own occur.

This is a great and insightful read for all who love history. I found it particularly rewarding because it covers a place and an era I knew little about. The two heroes are both very likeable and their stories are very intriguing.

The book seems aimed at younger readers but has lots for adults like myself. A well rounded and very enjoyable read.”

Review by Christoph Fischer


“Smokey Danson was a legend in his own time. Known as the Gunnedah Hero, Smokey was given the impressive moniker as a young boy while driving a herd of cattle up the long `paddock,' in the early 1900s.

Clancy Tucker deftly tells the tale of the Gunnedah Hero through the eyes of another young boy living in the present day. Gunnedah `Gunnie' Danson is the 14 yr old great great grandson of Smokey Danson. Gunnie has been given a school assignment to write about drought and its effect on farmers and local economy. Returning home from school one day, he is given a gift from his Grandfather. The gift is a manuscript and an envelope, which cannot be opened until Gunnie reads the adventure that his great-great-grandfather had back in 1911 during the Australian drought.

Join Gunnie as reads the story and travels with his great-great-Grandfather up the long paddock with his herd of cattle. You will learn how Smokey managed to survive the wilderness while taking care of the cattle with only the help of three dedicated dogs. Finally, you will learn how Smokey became known as the Gunnedah Hero, and how an envelope from the past, delivered to a young boy in the present, will change the future of the Gunnedah Hero's descendents.

Clancy Tucker weaves a wonderful story that will introduce young boys here in the US to a life lived in Australia at the turn of the last century. Clancy includes a glossary of Aussie terms which many here in the states will not be familiar with, but what fun to be introduced to something so very new and different.
This book should not be missed. I highly recommend it.”

Review by J E Rogers USA


“Gunnedah Hero was an enjoyable read, could read the whole book in one sitting as there was a desire to know what happened each day in the life of Gunnie. Shame the story didn't go further, would have like to read more of the great-grandfather's life and also into the current period but I guess that is a sign of a good book, I wanted more.”


Review by VJP


Great book review - ‘Daily Telegraph’,
Thursday 21 February 2013.


'Gunnedah Hero'

Clancy Tucker, Clancy Tucker Publishing,

THE cover says this book is aimed at the young adult market, but your mature adult reviewer found it an eminently enjoyable read. The story involves 14-year-old ‘‘Gunnie’’ Danson reading a manuscript written by his great great-grandfather ‘‘Smokey’’ Danson who, also aged 14, set out on a droving adventure during the 1910 drought. With two horses and three dogs, Smokey drove 100 cattle across northern NSW, from Coonabarabran to Armidale, becoming involved in many adventures in the ‘‘long paddock’’ while camping under the ‘‘drover’s blanket’’ (the Milky Way).


One of those adventures — solving an old murder case — resulted in Smokey being named the ‘‘Gunnedah Hero’’. While Smokey’s main adventure involved saving the family property, Wiralee Station, by keeping the breeding stock alive during drought, Gunnie also saves the day for Wiralee in the present. The author cleverly weaves the bush atmosphere and vernacular of pre-World War I Australia and provides a glossary of terms. See   for where to buy the book.

Graham Croker


'Gunnedah Hero' has another medallion on the cover - one from What is it? It's a numbered seal, issued after the book has been reviewed by three independent (Indies) peer authors and editors from around the globe. The reviewers check for formatting, grammar, spelling, layout and presentation and give a 'Yay' or 'Nay' as to its worthiness.


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*** News! ***

 'Gunnedah Hero' has been 'Commended' in the FAW Christina Stead Award - 2011 National Literary Awards. Twice now, this great story has been acknowledged by the National Literary Awards. It was 'Highly Commended' in the FAW Jim Hamilton Award - 2007 National Literary Awards as an unpublished manuscript.

'Gunnedah Hero' is available as a paperback and e-Book. Contact me via to purchase a signed copy of the paperback and a matching bookmark for $23.50, including postage and handling within Australia. The e-Book can be purchased from Morris Publishing Australia for $5.20.


Here is the blurb on the back of the book:

 "Fourteen-year-old Gunnedah 'Gunnie' Danson has a 500-word  assignment on drought. His late grandfather has left him a box containing a manuscript and several other documents in his will. The manuscript has been written by Gunnie's great-great-grandfather, Smokey 'Gun' Danson, after his journey up the long paddock during a harsh drought as a fourteen-year-old drover in 1910. At the back of the manuscript is an envelope. It's NOT to be opened until Gunnie has read the entire story. Gunnie spends the weekend at Wiralee Station; a cattle station that's been in the family since 1848. There, he reads the awesome manuscript and learns of Smokey's adventurous journey. During the weekend Gunnie hears several secretive conversations. His snobby Aunty Kate wants to divorce his uncle and sell Wiralee Station. Excited, he finishes the manuscript and opens the mysterious envelope. Will it prevent his aunt from selling Wiralee?"



     Clancy Tucker writes young adult fiction for reluctant readers but has also achieved success as a poet and photographer. He has lived in four countries, speaks three languages, has photography accepted and published in books in the USA (Innocent Dreams, Endless Journeys & A Trip Down Memory Lane), photographic work registered with the International Library of Photography, published in literary magazines and has written more than 90 short stories.

     Clancy’s been short-listed and highly commended in writing contests: 2006 , 2007 & 2011 National Literary Awards, Raspberry & Vine (twice), Positive words, Australian Writers On-Line, Shaggy Sheep Tale, The Cancer Council (2005 & 2009) and had ten short stories published in literary magazines (Page Seventeen, Branching Out & Positive Words), newspapers (The Standard, Mountain Views & The Advocate), written articles for Kid Magazine in the USA and has won a poetry prize to name a life-size statue designed by renowned Belgian sculptor, Bruno Torfs. In 2010, Clancy was awarded a two-week NEEF (National Education & Employment Foundation)Mentorship Program conducted at Stonnington Libraries in Melbourne. Clancy is now a full time writer but has enjoyed interesting life experiences, including work as a speechwriter, public servant, fulltime union official, farmer, truck driver and small business operator. He has worked with street kids and draws on life’s experiences to write entertaining stories for young adults.


    The toughest judges of his work, other than publishers, are his fourteen readers - kids aged from 8 - 17, some of them previously reluctant readers. Most are girls, more than half of them come from broken homes and all have a diverse background -  Muslim, Aboriginal and Christian. Clancy's young readers read his manuscripts, complete a simple questionnaire and rate the story out of 10. At the very top of the questionnaire are two bold words: BE HONEST! Clancy values their opinions. Why not? They are his clients; the ones who will hopefully purchase and read his books. Below, you will see some of the comments they've made on their questionnaires.


Manuscripts completed:

'Gunnedah Hero' (c) - Smokey Danson's journey up the 'long paddock' - drought in 1910.

* 'Highly Commended' as an unpublished manuscript in the FAW Jim Hamilton Award - 2007 National Literary Awards.

* 'Commended' in the FAW Christina Stead Award - 2011 National Literary Awards.

Comment by reader 'COCT' : "Your stories are always great because they have great

beginnings, excellent middles and the best endings." Rating: 10

Comment by reader 'M': "The start captured me. The end made me cry and the middle amazed me." Rating: 8

Comment by reader 'GP': "Bloody sensational. Started reading at 8.30am and finished it

at 11.25 pm. I could smell the gumleaves." Rating: 10

'A Drover's Blanket' (c) - sequel to 'Gunnedah Hero' (c).

Comment by reader 'R': "Love ya work!!" Rating: 10

'Bold Journey' (c) - an Italian migrant's journey to Australia.

Comment by reader 'S': "I loved the awesome ending - didn't expect it." Rating: 8

'Irish Gold' (c) - a story about bushrangers & Irish immigrants.

Comment by reader 'B': "I've enjoyed all your stories so far. Most of them are different.

Clancy, please try to use double-sided paper to save trees. (smile)" Rating: 10

'Sam 'Kick Ass' Tucker' (c) - Sam Tucker's kidnapping.

Comment by reader 'P': "When she escaped it was fantastic. I liked everything. Hated nothing.

It would make an awesome movie." Rating: 10

'That Sucks' (c) - Sam Tucker's exploits at university.

Comment by reader 'R': "The story moves too quickly to get bored -

plenty of twists and turns." Rating: 10

'Streetwise' (c) - Sam Tucker as a barrister.

Comment by reader 'R': "Yeeeeees!" Rating: 12

'The Master Drover' (c) - Smokey 'Gun' Danson's story.

Comment by reader 'T': 'Smokey is an awesome guy - just like my Pop." Rating: 50 plus! 

'Queen of Wiralee' (c) - Molly Jane Swenson's story - wife of Smokey.

Comment by reader 'J': "Molly's father was a mean mongrel. I cried and cried sometimes.

But, Molly was fantastic and deserved to have a great guy like Smokey. Love him." Rating: 15

'Mister Rainbow' (c) - a fishing / environmental story.

Comment by reader 'B': "I couldn't put it down. Great book!" Rating: 9.5

'Just Lucky' (c) - a story about disabilities. If you're not born with one,

you'll probably pick one up along the way ... but how will you cope?

Comment by reader 'COCT': "A lot of people would like this story. It would teach people that

even if you have a disability, it doesn't mean you're not as good or capable of doing things as anyone else is. 

Your stories always end with the title as the very last words and I think that's really cool." Rating: 10 

'Ky!' (c) - Rida, a Muslim girl who is bullied.

* Highly Commended' in the FAW Jim Hamilton Award -

2006 National Literary Awards.

Comment by reader 'M': "I absolutely love your stories. They're very interesting." Rating: 11

 'Sheeza' (c) - a courageous Australian sheep dog.

Comment by reader 'MM': "This is the best story I have read so far. It has so much suspense and

excitement in it I could hardly put it down. I felt I was in the actual story nearly the whole time." Rating: 10

'A Free Spirit' (c) - Anecdotes from Clancy's life on the run.

Clancy's comment: "This will make you laugh and cry. It is full of true anecdotes about my friends

and my experiences with the great unwashed - the poorest, humblest people I've ever met."

'Pa Joe's Place' (c) - Based on a true story of a seven-year-old girl I met in Thailand in 1973.This is the story of extraordinary bravery during a natural disaster - a tsunami.

Manuscripts in progess:

'Whoosh!' (c) - a story about the 'Black Saturday' bushfires - 7th February 2009.

Clancy's comment: "This is dedicated to those who lost their lives in Marysville,

a town devastated in the bushfires and a town in which I lived, fished and photographed for ten years."

'Magic Billie' (c) - book three in the Gunnedah Hero series


"Books are cool. They take you away to awesome places."

Clancy Tucker