the eyeball end

Bujumbura, Burundi.

Bujumbura, Burundi.


Like the world around us, my writing is honest, tough, gritty and confronting. It’s a journey that makes the unknown well-known.

- Ali MC


The Eyeball End steps away from the safety net of well-worn travel guides, taking the reader on a challenging journey into the human condition. Beginning with an acid-fuelled night in the Kimberley, the first decade of the 21st century sees Ali MC travelling the globe in an attempt to understand the forgotten corners of the world.

'No Weapon' sign in bar in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo

'No Weapon' sign in bar in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo


An encounter with worlds that most of us only glimpse on television news. 

- The Age

Tanzanite Mines, Tanzania.

Tanzanite Mines, Tanzania.

About The Eyeball End

The stories in The Eyeball End came from emails I was sending home to family and friends while on the road. I was traveling on my own, and didn’t have much access to internet. I kept a journal, and now and again would write home about the mind-blowing things I was experiencing. A few short articles got published and it just went from there. 

Travelling through countries such as Rwanda, Ethiopia and Haiti really makes you appreciate what we have back here in Australia (and the Western world in general). However, the state of the world – and the fact that there are positive solutions – I find frustrating at best, depressing at worst. 

On a positive note, my travel experiences continue to drive me to work even harder to attempt some small social change – even if it is simply being someone’s friend. 

Listening to people – really listening, what Native Americans call ‘deep listening’ –can be a great lift to people. Many people I’ve met on my travels have asked me to share their story with others, which in part drove me to write The Eyeball End.

The book cover is an extraordinary photo taken in Biafra in 1968 by legendary war photographer Don Mc Cullin! And if you’re not put off by the swearing, drug-taking and occasional violence, you will discover a number of inspiring stories from around the world, and maybe have your world-view challenged. If you love a good travel yarn with grit, The Eyeball End is right up your alley.

From an interview with Ali MC from Writerful BooksRead the full interview here.


I’ve have never felt more disappointed than when I flipped the page to find the book has come to an end.

- Abe Nouk, spoken word artist

School on a hillside in Murambi, Gikongoro province, Rwanda. Site of a Tutsi massacre in 1994.

School on a hillside in Murambi, Gikongoro province, Rwanda. Site of a Tutsi massacre in 1994.


The Eyeball End may blur the lines between gonzo journalism and personal memoir but definitely takes no prisoners.

- Writerful Books


Author presentations

Ali MC conducts presentations on The Eyeball End, incorporating music, spoken word, discussion, and Q&A that invites the audience to participate. Ali MC covers themes from his book, including the ethics of travel, refugee experiences, civil war, human rights, and the West’s response to the so-called ‘Third World’. 

He also discusses the writing process, plus his experience going from DIY self-publisher to gaining national literacy recognition. Contact Ali MC about presentations here.


Your presentation … was totally inspirational. It was easily the largest crowd assembled to hear a speaker of any kind at our library… We were richly rewarded.

- Inverloch Library

Ali MC the eyeball end book launch photo by Martin Misiak.jpg