My goal was to write a narrative based around a true event (the first fleet of ships to Australia) to give people an idea of what it was like to be alive at that time.
Is it a land full of desert or a land full of rain forests? I don’t know! No-one ever told me what Botany Bay would be like, they only bellowed “7 years transportation!” and now they’re sending me to the other side of the whole wide world! I collapse onto the orange floor of the ship, ranting some more in my head: It’s disgusting here! I did nothing wrong! There could be crocodiles there to eat me! I try and go back to sleep but there is no doubt about the fact that I am caught within a monstrous storm, but that’s just life for someone like me.