Something of a celebration of tricksters and travellers, The Book of Many Masks collects nine stories from all around the world and arranges them into a collage that conceals as much as it reveals. Bert Spinks combines traditional folk tales with personal experience to sketch a colourful world populated with magicians and politicians, young mothers and commemorated fathers, historical voyagers and lovelorn modern-day tourists. The Book of Many Masks is a stage where the spotlight shines on those who have the most to hide, and more importantly, have the skill to hide it.
Bert Spinks is a poet and storyteller from the island of Tasmania. A dedicated dilettante, Bert brings his wide range of experiences into his written and performed works. As well as his work writing and performing in Tasmania and Melbourne, Bert has taught his skills in India, performed in poetry slams in Latvia and Poland, and sold hand-made books in the marketplaces of Mexico. He has two books published prior to 2012: a collection of photographs and anecdotes from India called Life Is Immense (2010) and a collection of his performance-based poems titled Let the Continents Unfurl (2011).