City of Masks/Between Giants&Old Stone Giveaway

Insanitek‘s book club are running a cool giveaway where you can win a print copy of both the City of Masks and my latest poetry collection, Old Stone & Between Giants !

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All you have to do to enter is spread the word a little – jump over here and take a look ๐Ÿ™‚

You can also read an interview I did with Grace from Insanitek, which was one of the most enjoyable interviews I’ve done; we covered a lot of ground from Italy, tourism, poetry and fiction!

(I’m a bit behind in mentioning this – the comp has been open for a while but closes in 10 days!)

 

old stone & between giants – print & ebook available now

Very pleased to announce that my latest poetry collection – a combination of two of my previous collections – is now available in print and ebook form from a variety of retailers ๐Ÿ™‚ bgandos(small) Click on the image for some samples of the poetry and see below for a list of some of the outlets. Signed copies will also be available from me directly toward the end of the month ๐Ÿ™‚

Ginninderra Press – print

Angus & Robertson – ebookprint

Collins the Bookseller – ebook

Amazon – ebook print

Barnes & Noble – ebookprint

Between Giants & Old Stone – Combined Edition

Hi everyone!

Just a quick post to let you know that Ginninderra Press is soon releasing a combined edition of my last two collections between giants and old stone: haiku, senryu & haibun in both digital and print formats.

Right now you can actually pre-order the kindle version for under five dollars – there’s over 100 pages of poetry in there so it’s longer than my usual collections. I’m very excited about this one – here’s the new cover and stay tuned for a print release, which should be around the same time as the June release of the ebook.

Amazon AU
Amazon US
Amazon UK

 

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March Poetry Sale (and fiction)!

Let’s have a bit of a sale!

For the rest of March, signed copies of all my poetry collections are on sale (and my fiction titles too) so if you’d like to grab some poetry for cheap let me know here or send me an e-mail ๐Ÿ™‚

mountain0ash[at]gmail[dot]com

(that’s a ‘zero’ in the address)

 

 

P o e t r y

 

All titles $5 posted

pollen and the storm

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stepping over seasons

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between giants

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old stone: haiku, senryu & haibun

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$3 posted

orion tips the saucepan

orion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Years

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F i c t i o n

 

$10 posted

The Fairy Wren

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$15 posted

City of Masks (original cover)

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Christmas, 2015 & Reviews

2014 has been a big year in terms of writing & publishing (3 titles released this year!) and rough spots (especially health-wise – having a bit of back trouble of late) but squeezed in there has been a lot of fun too. Music, volleyball, great food – and I even managed to read a few books!

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I really did enjoy preparing The Fairy Wren for publication and having some great early reviews come in has been a relief. I think being the one upon which ultimate responsibility falls, for all aspects of quality control, adds more pressure but also more satisfaction to a work.

I’ve also been really happy with the way City of Masks has been received, so thank you to everyone who has read a copy!

In 2015 I hope to read the entire Tintin Series, publish a novella (Sea of Trees) and another novel (The Lost Mask), hopefully record a spoken word CD of poetry, finish writing Greatmask (Book 3 of the Bone Mask Trilogy) and announce a Book Pack Competition in January, details of which are to follow!

Have a great break and hope to see you here in 2015!

 

Vatican Blues (from ‘old stone’)


Vatican Blues

(taken from ‘old stone‘)

at each bottle-necked corridor itโ€™s one step forward, two steps back. the tour groups are a mass of wandering cattle, linked by their brightly coloured transistors. they bump into us, rigid, processional, lacking a sense of purpose and trampling ghosts of the past. occasionally an arm steals above the din and at its top, like a star on a Christmas tree, is the unblinking eye of a camera. it makes its theft and retracts in shame

sweat beads
we stake out
the open window

 

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old stone – available now!

old stone: haiku, senryu & haibun is available now!

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You can order a copy via paypal through my wonderful publisher, Ginninderra Press, or by contacting me directly for $20 posted (mountain0ash[at]gmail[dot]com).

Reflecting a moment, this one feels different because itโ€™s a continuation of some of the travel themes I explored in my last collection, between giants, only in newer forms. Over the last few years, if you’ve been following the blog, you’ll have noticed that haiku, senryu and haibun have often made appearances here. What has attracted me to them as a writer is the different structures and the fight for each verse to not become overburdened – it’s an amazing challenge and I hope the results are satisfying to read!

In fact, if youโ€™d like to sample the contents, you can read a few pieces on the book’s page and in a post mentioned below. There’s a Goodreads Giveaway closing soon – but for those of you not on Goodreads I thought I’d run a little comp right here on the blog.

Itโ€™s a little bit of a mix and match game โ€“ if youโ€™re interested in winning a copy of old stone, all you have to do is leave your answer in the comments on the Old Stone Mix&Match post!

(Stay tuned for a late December online launch with music and performance too)

 

Poem from ‘Old Stone’

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Next up, planning for this year (2014) will be old stone. Here I want to bring together a collection that features haiku, haibun and senryu, with both more traditional forms and experimental pieces. Not quite gendai haiku style, but hopefully pushing the form a little.

Here’s a piece that should appear:

 

Firenze

beneath the Duomo, cameras mill about like ants. their owners are most dutiful, clicking then looking. inside my skull are painted green and white stripes and when I look back, it’s with some terror. I don’t know if I wanted to go home. the air here is warm, eternal pink, as if trapped in a fairytale. the tourists are so alive, even as they kill the moment with SLR

grand bells
cross the rooftops
our hands meet