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Peter Newall lives in Sydney, Australia, but has spent many northern winters travelling through Central and Eastern Europe, pursuing the ghosts of the Habsburg Empire, the Soviet Union and his ancestors.  He speaks Russian and German inaccurately. He recently lived for a year in Odessa, Ukraine, where he sang for a popular local blues band. His stories have been published in England, the USA, Hong Kong and Australia, and his story The Luft Mensch was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2016. He began writing three years ago, from a desire to record somehow the transience of human feelings.