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  • a good life not just a good place or a good time in these late days of the Holocene The Blue Plateau is a sacred geography of a country of canyons and creeks and paddocks and eucalypt forests in Australia s southeast where for seven years I tried to belong I tell the book in the vernacular and I compose it out of pieces of the lives of some of the plateau s inhabitants ancient and modern and postmodern Although its narrative follows the course of my attempt to settle in this tough mesmeric landscape The Blue Plateau is a book of many belongings Home is what it s about How one makes it these days how one gets on with the physical world and how much longer the world will remain so habitable a place My book is a love story many love stories told in geologic time It s an elegy and a chorale in lyric prose for a plateau a place that stands like the pond in Walden for the entire given world To do justice to a deeply eroded sedimentary landscape which arrived on a hundred different rivers in order to think about things ecologically and because it s the way this book needed to come out I ve written an unconventional narrative made of discontinuous fragments of five or six storylines and timezones and I ve drawn on the techniques of the poem the essay and the novel to pull it together What I ve written might be called a lyric essay or a prose poem The Blue Plateau resembles most closely James Galvin s The Meadow but it will bring to mind other books familiar to American readers Anne Michaels s Fugitive Pieces Annie Dillard s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Karen Blixen s Out

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  • Book is a manual for everyone who wants to write or has to write and wants to do it better It s a book about how to make beautiful sense on paper a Read More A Small Manifesto A Speech made at the launch of Little Red Writing Book Published Sunday October 28 2007 Label Books Like some failed but persistent thief I ve lived my life in sentences some of them are my own but most of them belong to other people What you have here is just about everything I haven t forgotten from having lived my life that way listening reading writing and teaching If you get to spend your life that way you are lucky and you will have many people to thank for letting you do it when there may have been just now and then other things to be getting on with I m standing here with this book in my hand Read More The Land s Wild Music Published Sunday October 28 2007 Label Books Trinity University Press 2005 The Land s Wild Music Trinity University Press 2005 is a road book According to poet Pattiann Rogers The Land s Wild Music is the record of a quest an odyssey Mark Tredinnick s journey of exploration Focusing on the work the places and the lives of four major contemporary writers Tredinnick s narrative investigates the complex interconnections existing among the land language and the human spirit My road took me specifically through the Cascades in Western Oregon Long Island the Colorado Plateau and Read More Catching the lyric of the country Published Sunday October 28 2007 Label Nature A taxonomy of Australian nature writing It was an evening in September 2002 and I stood at the counter of the bookshop in Glebe It

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  • this dry eyed island inching its way north to the equator And then whatever we re call ing the season goes and it comes again in October and then it s gone till sometime in late December Read More Roland Hemmert Landscapes Published Monday October 29 2007 Label Essays You have to be careful with paintings and painters You have to be careful in bookshops You might find a book that unmakes you completely for 29 95 You might leave with a book that leaves you cold for fifty dollars flat You might buy a book that breaks your heart for less than it costs you to travel to work You might find the answer you weren t looking for or you might leave with more questions than you came in with You might disappear forever in a coven of avid fancy dressed children caught in the final chapter of Read More Original Country Published Monday October 29 2007 Label Essays I I lived for seven years where you could lie down with the moon When she was full she d slouch across the northern sky and loiter around midnight in my bedroom window I d turn off the light and let her fall on me For three or four nights at a stretch each month in that house at the edge of a cliff that is how sleep would come out of a crow black sky I dreamed well there I made some books I made some poems We made my girl and I a marriage and Read More Days of Christmas Published Monday October 29 2007 Label Essays PROLOGUE Earth has its own old rituals They visit us sometimes in the midst of ours They come suddenly violently Often where I live in the Blue Plateau it s

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  • Going to Get The Rain on the Face of the World and The Black Terrain Between I left out more poems than I put in I hope to make a second book soon and bring in 2012 Judy Beveridge launched my book in early December 2010 Read More The Little Black Book of Business Writing Published Thursday July 01 2010 Label Books The Little Black Book of Business Writing UNSWP 2010 which I wrote with Geoff Whyte does for functional writing what The Little Red Writing Book 2006 aimed to do for all writing creative in particular The black book is the third in my trilogy of books on the writing craft and the writing life Don t use writing to sound like someone doing business or policy or research science or finance or sales use writing to get the business done intelligently humanely elegantly and well And preferably fast The Little Black Book of Business Writing shows you how Read More The Blue Plateau A Landscape Memoir Published Saturday January 02 2010 Label Books The Blue Plateau was the first book I sat down to write It changed a lot in the writing and I wrote a lot of other books before I got to the end of it but it was always going to be the book it became once I became the man I needed to be to write it The book is my attempt in my accent to do for the Blue Mountains west of Sydney what Henry David Thoreau did in Walden and Karen Blixen did in Out of Africa and Annie Dillard did in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and Read More The Little Green Grammar Book Published Saturday January 02 2010 Label Books The Little Green Grammar Book twin to The Little Red Writing

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  • teach a university program in leadership and organisational culture I speak and train in this field still and that work has sent me back to some ideas I used to trade in and some texts I used to plunder for the purpose David Whyte wrote a wonderful book called The Heart Aroused in a similar vein some ten years ago I want Read More A Book About The Consolations of Literature Published Thursday October 18 2007 Label Works In Progress My next work of prose after the green book is a book about the consolations of literature A sort of cross between Anne Fadiman s Ex Libris and Alain de Botton s The Consolations of Philosophy my book Reading Slowly at the End of Time is in my mind a tongue in cheek self help book for living the right life and doing the right things in an age when we may be running out of time to work that out My argument will be of course that everything one needs to know about love say and the journey of sorrow and the restoration Read More Poems Published Thursday October 18 2007 Label Works In Progress I have almost enough good poems together now to make a book That would be my first volume of poetry and I d like to see it published in the next year or so Read More The Little Green Grammar Book Published Thursday October 18 2007 Label Works In Progress The Little Green Grammar Book does for grammar what The Little Red Writing Book does for style The book shorter than it s red progenitor and simpler is due at the press at the end of January 2008 If I meet that deadline and it s going to be touch and go the book

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  • those with a manuscript in mind or underway The classes use a classic workshop approach a sustained gentle intensive to help writers sharpen their technique deepen their craft and make some progress on a manuscript I throw in tips and readings and lead the conversation along with fellow cowshedders I offer detailed and constructive responses to participants work syntax style structure voice prosody the works But the larger part of my job is to create an atmosphere of trust in which writers can take some creative risks and get some good writing done Come for the gentle exacting discipline come to get to the end of a manuscript and make it the best thing it can be come for the charm of the shed and the paddocks down the back and the hens in the garden outside come for the food You won t be the same when you leave The days in the cowshed had a magical quality Trish June 2008 1500 plus GST covers 36 hours tuition and all food morning tea lunch and afternoon And the food well it s worth more than the cost of the course on its own Jeff 2007 Register your interest on

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  • it With some other fine poets I m reading at the Margaret River Bookshop on Wednesday 4 November I m looking forward not just to the workshop but to five days and nights by myself by the river getting some poems finished and wrapping up The Little Black Book of Business Writing Recent News Why Write A Poet s Guide to Climate Change Margaret River Sestets wins the Cardiff Poetry

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  • http www poetryarchive org poetryarchive singlePoet do poetId 12219 And search the site It includes bios bibliographies and critiques of contemporary poets and our predecessors You can hear some of us read from our work I am flattered by the company I keep Recent News Why Write A Poet s Guide to Climate Change Margaret River Sestets wins the Cardiff Poetry Prize 2012 Makes the Landscape flame and sing Whose

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