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Books By The Beach: Stripping Past & Present at Tugun Beach

Welcome to Tugun, the twelfth stop on my Books By The Beach tour!

Over the hill from Currumbin, Tugun is north-west of Coolangatta and 96 kilometres (60 mi) south of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland. Tugun is a popular holiday destination, with a number of holiday units and motels lining Tugun Beach, its homey streets playing host to cafés and fish and chip shops. There are also has a number of shops located on its Golden-Four Drive strip.

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This is the Gold Coast without the glitz. Locals fondly call Tugun, Tugz (pronounced choo-gs). It’s joined to its neighbouring suburbs of Currumbin and Bilinga via the Gold Coast Oceanway.

Its name is believed to have derived from an Indigenous word of unknown dialect meaning “breaking waves”.

In 1898, the Farrell family walked overland from Tallebudgera Township along a track now called Simpson Road, to their block of land or selection just south of Currumbin Hill. They established a camp site there and started to clear some land for a home and grazing paddocks for their small dairy herd. The local Aboriginal people often bartered fish and crabs with the Farrells, supplementing the settlers’ diet when times were lean.

Over the creek, known today as Flat Rock Creek, and to the north-west of Currumbin Hill, another Irish family, the Mitchells had settled on their block a few weeks after the arrival of the Farrell family. At first, there was a degree of rivalry between the two families based partly on old country loyalties – the Mitchells were from the north of Ireland, the Farrells from the south.

However, years spent pioneering the land and the experience of isolation meant that inevitably the families became the firmest of friends.

The first home in Tugun village was built in 1916. The construction of a coastal road linking Southport to Coolangatta in the 1920s was a major achievement for the Main Roads Commission. The age of the mass-produced motor car provided the impetus for developing beach properties and accommodation facilities in areas such as Tugun and Bilinga.

The dairy and banana farms however, which dated from the early years, disappeared as the land was subdivided into areas such as the Currumbin Estates in the late 1950s.

In this post I will be delving a little deeper into the Paid To Dance series, and telling you all about the first installment, Paid To Dance: stripping Past & Present.

Paid To Dance: Stripping Past & Present is a comprehensive insight into the stripping industry, from its origins to its modern day evolution. Everyday women share stories of working in gentleman’s clubs, paying their way through university, funding travel and even escaping homelessness and crime. Parents and partners offer intriguing perspectives of their loved one’s occupation, and a manager shares his experiences overseeing the operations of a real gentleman’s club.

Paid To Dance looks inside the trials and tribulations of exotic dancers throughout history into the present day, and explores a livelihood that is often rewarding and always challenging.

What readers had to say about Paid To Dance:

“Wow! What a fantastic read! This book gives the reader such an interesting insight into the lives of strippers… and it’s not just reading their side of it.. but those people around them too.. their parents, partners, and even from a venue manager who does the hiring. Once I started reading I could not put it down.. as I wanted to know how everyone around them felt.. as I found this very interesting after only really knowing the strippers side of it. The history was also excellent and I enjoyed reading about the past and different cultures.”
Barbara, Gold Coast, Australia

“A most enjoyable easy read, lots of interesting facts and is light hearted on a subject that society still sees as taboo. Would highly recommend this book to any interested in the behind the scene in this industry.”
Sharon, Gold Coast, Australia

“The author gives a truthful, unbiased and non-judgemental insight into exotic entertainment industry complete with real stories from real people. Great read for anyone who’s ever been curious about what’s really going on behind the scenes in adult entertainment clubs and in the lives of exotic dancers.”
Julia, Brisbane, Australia

“A book I could not put down. A really interesting read into the lives of women in an industry that many of us no nothing about. Highly recommended.”
Sarah, Brisbane, Australia

“This book has opened my eyes to the lives of strippers and dancers, exceptionally well written and researched. Very much worth the read and I recommend it to all ages enabling a clear and concise understanding of the lives of these ladies.”
Jackee, Brisbane, Australia

PLEASE NOTE: At the end of this video there is information about purchasing the Paid To Dance books on Amazon/Kindle. My books are not currently available on Amazon/Kindle. Instead you can read a FREE PDF Excerpt HERE:

Paid To Dance Stripping Past and Present

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I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me at Tugun, and I hope you will join me next time at Bilinga. Only three stops to go!

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Books By The Beach: Paid To Dance at Currumbin Beach

Welcome to Currumbin Beach, stop no.11 on my Books By The Beach tour!

Stretching from Currumbin Creek in the north to Wyberba Street in the south the area is easily identified because of its headlands that project into the beach. At the beach front, Elephant Rock and Currumbin Rock enclose a discrete surf beach. Currumbin Alley is a popular surfing site formed on the bar of Currumbin Creek, particularly for longboards.

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Samuel William Grey wa the first European to acquire land in the area. The first hotel in 1910 overlooking the mouth of Currumbin Creek. During this period tourism and industry significantly increased in the beach side and valley areas of Currumbin, and many of the houses at Currumbin date from the period of later subdivisions in the 1920s. The area also contains a number of ‘fibro’ beach houses.

Generally the area contains more natural vegetation than other areas of the coast due in part to the difficulty of building on the steep hillsides and in part to the presence of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary- a long-standing icon and landmark at the Gold Coast. The Sanctuary comprises a substantial area of land on both sides of the highway adjacent to Flat Rock Creek.

In 2013, Currumbin was named Australia’s cleanest beach. At an award ceremony at Coogee Beach in western australia, the national organisation Keep Australian Beautiful crowned Currumbin with the prestigious title.

In this post I’m sharing with you about the Paid To Dance series.

Spanning three books, the Paid To Dance series provides a comprehensive insight into the stripping industry, from its origins to its modern day evolution.

The first installment, Stripping Past & Present, is a collection of stories from women who have worked as exotic dancers in Australia and overseas.

The second and third installments, Asha’s Story Part One and Part Two, focuses in on one young woman’s experience working as an exotic dancer in Brisbane and Melbourne.

The series was published between 2016-2018, after many years of ongoing research and writing.

PLEASE NOTE: At the end of this video there is information about purchasing the Paid To Dance books on Amazon/Kindle. My books are not currently available on Amazon/Kindle. Instead you can download FREE PDF Excerpts in the coming posts.

I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me at Currumbin  Beach. Next stop, Tugun Beach!

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Books By The Beach: Grave Bargains at Palm Beach

And here we are, stop no.10 on my Books By The Beach tour!

Palm Beach has been voted cleanest beach in Queensland three times. Jefferson Lane hosts some of the earliest and most basic of Gold Coast beach “shacks”, some on blocks of land valued in millions of dollars. There is some suggestion that these in fact predate the subdivision of the area in the 1950s, and other remnants of an earlier settlement.

Palm Beach One

The area is bounded to the north by the mouths of Tallebudgera Creek to the north and Currumbin Creek to the south. There are nearshore bait reefs along Palm Beach and offshore there are fishing reefs that are some of the most productive of the Gold Coast.

Palm Beach 1

In this post I will be sharing with you about my short story Grave Bargains.

In the wake of an unforgivable act against his family, Peter is determined to bury the past and start fresh. His good intentions are challenged by a sinister stranger, who is determined to dig up his sins, and threatens to jeopardise his efforts to make amends.

I got the idea for Grave Bargains after watching American Horror Story: Murder House, the first season in the popular anthology series. For a number of years I worked on this story in bursts on and off, before finally completing it in 2017 and launching it on Halloween of that year.

PLEASE NOTE: At the end of this video there is information about purchasing Grave Bargains on Amazon. My books are not currently available on Amazon. Instead you can download a PDF version of the story for FREE HERE: Grave Bargains

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Thank-you for joining me here at Palm Beach! See you next at Currumbin Beach!