hits the street in a splash of white,
outside the window
is like a gargoyle, sitting
halfway up the electricity pole,
either too old
or too lazy to climb higher.
Ross House – Sunday 6th Dec
Here’s a snap from the IP Gala event in Melbourne – I’m reading from Stepping Over Seasons and forgot my water, so I had a very dry mouth at the end and my reading suffered a bit, but it was great to meet the other authors and hear them perform.
Lorraine McGuigan’s poetry from Wings of the Same Bird was quite moving and she captured love so well. Josh Donellan’s A Beginner’s Guide to Dying in India was full of great descriptions and razor-sharp wit. Rebecca Bloomer read from her YA novel Willow Farrington Bites Back and her charactarisation of a teenage girl was just spot-on. Also launched was Inspire Your Day ~ A Little Book of Inspiration by Tracy Woolley – check out her site too – full of award winning images. IP Publisher David Reiter read from his latest novel Primary Instinct – a clever satire on teaching and the school system in general.
Collected Works – Monday 7th Dec
And here’s one quite similar – reading at Collected Works in Melbourne this time, had a blast here – thanks again to everyone who came (had water this time!) and to Kris for doing a wonderful job as host. Lorraine also read and I was especially struck by this from the collection Coffee for one on the terrace.
Bairnsdale Library – Tuesday 8th Dec
And here’s one with me actually looking at the audience – had a fantastic crowd and once again, David led as MC and we had wonderful hosts in Darryl and the rest of the Library staff. Thank you everyone for coming out in the rain, especially to those who traveled from afar!
I’ve got a busy few days ahead – two launches in Melbourne (sun & mon) and one in Bairnsdale (tues) – looking forward to seeing everyone and reading a few poems, so if you’re in the area, hope to see you there!
Sunday – IP Gala Event – featuring Ashley Capes (Stepping Over Seasons) Nadine Neumann (Wobbles: an Olympic Story) Josh Donellan (A Beginner’s Guide to Dying in India) Lorraine McGuigan (Wings of the Same Bird) Tracy Woolley (Inspire Your Day ~ A Little Book of Inspiration) Rebecca Bloomer (Willow Farrington Bites Back) IP Director David Reiter (Primary Instinct)
Sunday, 6 December 2009, from 2 pm
The Ross House, Hayden Raysmith Room
247 Flinders Lane
Free, with refreshments.
Bookings essential. RSVP by 2 Dec to:
Ph/Fx: (07) 3324 9319
Monday – Ashley Capes & Lorraine McGuigan
Monday, 7 December 2009, 6 for 6:30 pm
Collected Works Bookshop
Level 1, 37 Swanston Street
RSVP by 4 Dec to:
Ph: 9654 8873
Tuesday – Ashley Capes & David Reiter
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
22 Service Street, Bairnsdale
from 5:30 pm. Free event.
Please RSVP by 7 December to:
P: 5152 4225