After six years working in high school outdoor education, and the masculinised outdoor adventure industry, Shane Thamm became intimately interested in what makes young men tick, and the emotional challenges they negotiate each day, often in silence. His first novel, My Private Pectus, published by Ford Street Publishing, gives these boys a voice.
While writing My Private Pectus, Shane studied masculinities as part of a Master of Arts at Queensland University of Technology. A focus of his research was the emergence of body image as a key concern for today’s young men, and how this is portrayed in Australian Young Adult fiction.
His other fictional publications to date include two short stories, ‘Billy’ in Before the Young Get Eaten published by dotlit and ‘Changing the Shadow’ in Grow, published by Writerlynks.
Now living in Darwin, Shane is working on two new books: the biography of Jimmy Wan, a pioneer of the coffee industry in Papua New Guinea; and a children’s story about a young boy whose father is fighting in Afghanistan.
Shane currently manages the communications of Charles Darwin University’s School for Social and Policy Research. His news and political opinion articles have appeared in trade magazines, regional and national newspapers, and various online media. He has also edited a book of poetry.