Bernie Goldie

Richard Harland and the Wolf Kingdom books

An Honorary Fellow in UOW’s Faculty of Arts and local Figtree author, Dr Richard Harland, has recently launched the first two books in his “Wolf Kingdom” quartet in association with the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

Dr Harland runs a summer session course on children’s and young adult fantasy literature at UOW. And his next book coming out from Allen & Unwin next year is a young adult fantasy.

Dr Harland is a local Figtree author, who has had 15 books published, four of them fantasy tales for junior readers. For 10 years, he was a lecturer in English at the University of Wollongong.

The Wolf Kingdom books are set in a world that has been conquered by an army of wolf-soldiers. The tyrant Wolf King treats his human subjects as slaves. The only resistance comes from the Free Folk, a band of outlaws who have a hideout deep in Eld Forest.

Dr Harland admits to a long-standing fascination with wolves. He was born in England, where every day his school bus passed by a mysteriously dark wood called Wolves Wood.

He had always dreamed of writing novels since the age of 11-12. When he was taken up by a mainstream fiction publisher in 1997, he resigned his job at UOW to follow his dream but maintains his link with the University through his summer session teaching.

The next two Wolf Kingdom books are due out in August called “Race to the Ruins” and “The Heavy Crown”.

Dr Harland’s earlier work, The Black Crusade, won the Aurealis Award for Best Horror Novel of 2004 and the Golden Aurealis Award for Best Novel in any category of Speculative Fiction.

His short story “Catabolic Magic” won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story of 2004. Another short story “The Greater Death of Saito Saku” won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story of 2005.