Garrick Batten has been communicating with people all his long life,
especially during his NZ and overseas agricultural career of adviser,
manager, diplomat and farmer. Articles, conference and academic papers,
pamphlets, radio, video, newsletters, newspaper columns and several
books on technical topics have canvassed many rural enterprises, more
recently in the goat industry. The latest is Big Buck$ for Pastoral
Farmers. University qualifications in agriculture, accountancy,
exporting and dispute resolution have meant a lot of writing too!
He is increasingly concerned with the disconnect between urban and rural NZ in his current writing. What Happened to Haystacks & Horses? is a hybrid fiction/fact book accounting for changes in our rural life over
the half-century up to 2000. In December 2017 he republished the
fictional autobiography part as a stand-alone book, Farmer Bill.
Encouraged by having several short fiction stories published, Garrick is
working on and learning how to write more, each with a rural connection.
The initial book effort is Short Head and Yard, 18 five-minute stories
on a variety of topics, each with a rural tag. That has been followed by
Long head and Hold with 18 more longer short stories. Nine lives and
Lessons is about a boy growing up learning from his cat.