Writer Andrew McMillan has died at his home in Darwin. Born in Brisbane, the journalist, poet and musician settled in the Northern Territory after covering the 1988 Midnight Oil / Warumpi Band tour. In a statement released following his death, McMillan was described as ‘one of the Territory’s great eccentrics — but also one of its best contemporary writers’.
McMillan’s book An Intruder's Guide to East Arnhem Land, first published in 2001 and then in a revised edition in 2007, won the Northern Territory Chief Minister's Book of the Year Award in 2009. The book speaks to McMillan’s deep connection with the Yolngu people over many years.
The Age newspaper reports that proceeds from McMillan’s estate ‘will be dedicated to setting up a writer's retreat in his favourite place, the tiny settlement of Larrimah, 430 kilometres south-east of Darwin’. ('NT Writer Loses Cancer Fight') An anthology of McMillan’s writing, in preparation at the time of his death, will be published posthumously.
The statement released after McMillan’s death is available on the Crikey.com website.