Now reading: Talking to my country, by Stan Grant

Stan Grant, Talking to my country (2016) The marketing line on the cover of this book could instead be a bold subtitle: ‘the book that every Australian should read’. Well, is it? I heard Stan Grant speak at this year’s Newcastle Writers Festival, unaware of his article in The Guardian that was inspired by the continued…

Now reading: Being Martha’s friend, by Meg Mooney

Meg Mooney, Being Martha’s friend (Picaro Press, 2015) Land and people. Place and space. Searching and belonging. These themes resonate strongly throughout this collection (her third) of poetry that could come from nowhere else but out of the red sand of Central Australia. The poetics are subtle, the narrative spare but honest. Each poem cooks like…

Now reading: A country in mind, by Saskia Beudel

Saskia Beudel, A country in mind: memoir with landscape (UWAP 2013) Although the cover image (of a bushwalker, large pack on back, standing amongst footprints on sand with, apart from her shadow, no other distinguishing features) and the blurb (about trekking in Central Australia, Tasmania, Ladakh, and the outward journey and the inward journey that…