Archive for October, 2008

Writing success – magazine article

It is always nice to have a writing success – even if that is a modest piece of success.

This week I received a copy of a magazine which featured an article written by me. This article dealt with how I coped with the stresses of teaching in the few years before I retired. In one sense, writing this article went a small way to helping me heal from those challenging years.

Having my deepest feelings hung out in public was a little confronting, but I’m pleased I did it. It’s not the sort of thing I would ever publish here, nor often comment about. All I can say is that I sometimes find that writing can be a significant part of the healing process. I especially find that with my poetry.

Good writing.

Haiku #45 Baby Magpie

Persistent begging
Of baby magpie. Gaping
Mouth worm-filled. Silence.

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Australian Magpie (juvenile)

Australian Magpie (juvenile)

Book Launch: The Wish Giver

Yesterday I had the wonderful privilege of attending a book launch. Rosanne Hawke, one of my lecturers in my Master of Arts Creative Writing Course, is a writer of children’s books.  This new book is her 15th book to be published, and her third picture book.

The Wish Giver

Written by Rosanne Hawke and her daughter Lenore Penner.

Illustrated by Michelle Mackintosh.

Published by Windy Hollow Books.

The Wish Giver  is a delightful book for young children. The Wish Giver lives on “the biggest and brightest star.” His job is to make children’s wishes come true. Unfortunately he falls off the star and lands in Layla’s garden.

Layla has a problem. She has no friends and no-one will play with her at school. She wished she had some friends to play with. She helps the Wish Giver return to his star, and he in turn helps her to find some new friends to play with.

One of the privileges we had being in Rosanne’s class was getting a view of the printer’s proofs many weeks before publication. The book was launched by well known South Australian author Phil Cummings. One of the interesting aspects of this book was that Rosanne’s daughter Lenore was also credited as the joint author. The original story of the Wish Giver was written by Lenore as a high school assignment. It was this story that initially got Rosanne into writing. It was also very much a family event, with Rosanne’s grandchildren also present.

After leaving the launch my wife told me she had been taking notes on how to run a book launch. Rosanne, when signing our copy of the book, added: “It’ll be your turn next.”

Now it’s up to me to get some of my manuscripts off to publishers.

Good writing.



Australian Poet Les Murray’s 70th Birthday

Over recent weeks I have read a great deal of the poetry of Les Murray. I had a concentrated period of reading his work, plus a biography of his life, so that I could write a research paper on his life and work. Today we celebrate his 70th birthday.

Les is arguably Australia’s greatest poet, and his work is acknowledged internationally as being amongst the best poetry being written in English.  The poetry of Les Murray is unmistakeably Australian in nature. He draws on the Australian landscape for inspiration like few other poets have done before him. With over thirty volumes of his poetry already published, Murray is also probably the most prolific of Australian poets ever. Because of this, it is hard to fully grasp the vast scope of his work. I only looked at five volumes of those thirty or more.

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Tanka #2 Rainbow Bee-eater

Rainbow Bee-eater
Soars, glides, chirring on the air,
Snapping bees, flying
Insects. Dead branch perched – surveys
Its next savoury portion.

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Rainbow Bee eater

Rainbow Bee eater

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