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  • talk I crafted from Australia s Wild Weather The Weather of Who We Are aired on Radio National Ockham s Razor at 9 45 am Sunday 20 May 2012 Here s the link http www abc net au radionational programs ockhamsrazor the weather of who we are 4016824 At which you can hear a podcast and download the transcript A second piece A Poet s Guide to Climate Change will

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  • market the econobabble in which national and international politics seems to be conducted To make their point the organisers will award 50 000 to the winning poem decided by an arduous judging process and settled in the end by great English Read More The weather of words Published Wednesday October 26 2011 Label Australia s Wild Weather a book of photographs from the National Library of Australia s archive accompanied by a lyric essay from me about the weather of Australia and how it makes us who we think we are and how that weather is changing is just about out Pub date is 1 November 2011 There seems to be a lot of interest in it I m grateful to the NLA for asking me to write it they ve done a fabulous job of designing it Listen out for news of the book on radio and in the papers Here s what the media Read More What to do with your self in a poem a confession Published Wednesday October 26 2011 Label Poetry rises from the place where the self bleeds often under the weight of grief or longing or under the influence of one of the many species of love into the Self the personal becomes in that place and in the poem that rises the universal the private becomes the profoundly human The poem one writes no matter how much it seems to tell your own life stands in for things the poet cannot say it transfigures private concerns into instances of human suffering and delight wisdom and madness and being in the world These thoughts come to Read More Montreal International Poetry Prize Published Wednesday October 26 2011 Label The Montreal International Poetry Prize community funded and launched earlier this year is the largest

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  • unveiled that night And I am being honoured for winning the prize the largest in the world for a single poem in its inaugural year Then Linda Rogers and I are embarking on a small reading tour to celebrate and sell the prize Ottawa 28 April Toronto 29 April Calgary 2 May just me at Pages Bookshop at 6 30 Victoria 3 May with Tim Lilburn and Iain Higgins and Vancouver 5 or 6 May to be confirmed See the Montreal Prize website for details of the gigs I sit here at an unstable table in the window of a first floor room at the Victorian Hotel in Vancouver I flew in this morning from Sydney and shortly I m boarding the train that will carry me through four days to the other side of the continent All day I ve kept myself wide awake in this picturesque city walking myself into the new timezone I took in Granville Island this morning market stalls great fresh food books journals postcards and quite a lot of hipsters this afternoon I walked around Stanley Park and saw there some nesting blue herons a hummingbird and a tortoise sunning herself on a rock

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  • s the vessel that floats the telling Though of course the tale the plot the topic the setting counts it s the telling the reader really reads and it s the telling that lasts To tell you what a good book is about is to tell you next to nothing about the book What lasts is everything not reducible to the narrative Good writing is talk tidied Writing is talking heightened by art and set down on paper Literature is divine chatter the god in you talking with the god in me So to write well is to talk like someone in particular you way down deep it is to tell a story the way that only you can tell it But curiously one s own voice doesn t come easy naturalness is hard work How you get your authentic voice down on paper this is where technique comes in Sentence craft rhythm and the other disciplines of grace this is what like all Mark s teaching this masterclass focuses on The retreat is open to writers of all levels although it assumes that everyone will have done at least some creative writing before It looks at creative writing of all kinds short and long fiction poetry memoir and narrative nonfiction The program includes five half day sessions and plenty of time for writing reading reflection and consultation with Mark The workshop is based on Mark s acclaimed and bestselling guide The Little Red Writing Book and each session explores ideas and practices that help writers with creativity composition style plotting planning editing and publishing their work Each day you ll also have a chance to share pieces of writing you ve composed overnight thoughts about your writing progress and your responses to the daily readings And we ll be dreaming Writing Mark wrote in his poem Things I m Trying to Believe is dreaming with a pen in its hand So bring your pen and let this magical place take you back to your own dreaming place your self way down deep the place where the writing rises and let Mark help you get your dreaming down on paper Course structure Day one All Good Things Come by Grace and Grace Comes by Art and Art Does Not Come Easy on what writing really is on cliché busting originality and the creative disciplines Day two Write What You Don t Know about what you do know on what to write about and how Day three Shortcuts to Your Writing Self on tricks and tools and techniques for writing memorably Day four Wild Mind Tidy Mind on planning cohesion structure and form Day five The Art of Silence on letting the writing come on editing unwriting finishing Course teacher For ten years Mark was a book publisher and before that a lawyer He lives and writes in the Southern Highlands southwest of Sydney where he runs the Cowshed Classes Check him out at http www marktredinnick com MARK TREDINNICK is

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  • a big break and an honour I ll try to keep living up to in my writing I get to take home the prize this year and for that I am very grateful Poets live in debt and 50 000 pays down a little more of it It also buys time to get more poems written And specifically a book of prose Reading Slowly at the End of Time Susan Wyndham wrote a nice piece about the prize in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age http www theage com au entertainment books poet walks away with major international prize 20111218 1p0lr html Here are some words I had to say about the poem and the prize to Len Epp and Asa Boxer heroic organisers of the MPP About the prize This prize funded by one s peers and judged by the finest poets in the world dreamed up and run with grace and deep humanity celebrates poetry and cries its beauty and reminds us why we all need poetry so much these tone deaf days It is an honour to win it in its first year I hope my poem and those I can now go on to write live up to the beautiful ideals the Montreal Prize aspires to About the poem Written far from home and soon after Fukushima and conceived on a walk with a poet up Eagle Creek a tributary of the Columbia River this poem is a walking meditation on dispossession and the holiness of the affection the earth in its power and humour and maddening self possession seems even yet to hold for us all notwithstanding And on the morning the prize was announced I dropped my five year old daughter to the last day of her preschool for the year forever since she heads to school next year and then I sat in the car outside the kindergarten and typed these words on my iPhone to send to Linda Leith for a piece she wrote for the Toronto Globe Mail Poets live in debt and this prize will go toward paying some of mine down But it will also finance more of the silence upon which the making of poems depends in other words the money should feed and clothe and shelter me and mine for a year or so and spare me some of the worry and the work one would rather not do but has to while letting me sit in gainful unemployment and write I have a book of prose Reading Slowly at the End of Time to finish writing by June and a new book of poems Body Copy to quilt even sooner for publication midyear now I have a chance of doing both and staying sane Perhaps I can now also make a return trip to the Columbia River where the poem arose buy myself a new fountain pen and a jacket I ve been coveting A new laptop for my eldest daughter A visit to a

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  • all our great and terrible works in the anthropocene is to go on loving us A hundred people listened to him and me speak and watched the 128 images from the book play behind us on the screen And it was a joy to have my three younger children Maree and many of my family in the crowd Along with friends and fellow place tragics like Tom Griffiths And Canberra

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  • poetry I reflect at length on my writing practice and the irreconcilable if beautiful breakdown many of us have to manage between family and work artistic work in particular If I were getting interested Read More To the Island Published Wednesday October 26 2011 Label So the Australia Council has extended a lifeline to Island They ve announced funding that should carry the journal through another year while it develops what we like to call these days a new business model I wonder if anybody knows what that entails a line of credit they can rely on I d have thought Year in year out So renew your subscription And put your rich and literate friends in touch with the editor Keep reading and writing poems and stories And speak up These are not times as I said in my recent post on Island when Read More The Last Island take a Lyric Stand Published Thursday September 22 2011 Label Island one of Australia s finest literary journals has been publishing the best new Australian poetry prose and criticism for thirty years But Arts Tasmania has just decided to withdraw the funding on which the magazine depends So there s a strong chance that the September issue or the summer issue of Island could be the last That would be a very sad day for Island and an even sadder one for all of us who write in Australia We can t afford to lose this journal We ve lost Indigo and Heat in the past six months and the word is Read More Poetry in Newcastle and the West 30 September to 2 October 2011 Published Thursday September 22 2011 Label Poetry takes me to Newcastle on Friday 30 September but it calls me to Perth the same night

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  • rants I know it s weird but that s the direction my writing mind wants to wander One day I might write a novel More likely a string of short stories But I don t know I have a feeling I m not born for fiction I m born for lyrics and facts For witness If I write fiction it may be because I want a curtain to hide behind

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