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  • 2010 starting this Saturday with The Little Red Writing Workshop There are still some places available in that one if you re quick The other course coming up fast is the masterclass which runs from Friday night to Sunday afternoon 25 27 June And you might think you re coming for the gentle intensity of the guidance and for the inspiration of the setting but in reality you re coming for some of the best food you ll ever taste Here s the running sheet till the end of 2010 12 June THE LITTLE RED WRITING WORKSHOP a short course in grace based on Mark s bestseller The Little Red Writing Book for everyone who writes and wants to do it better 25 27 June THE MASTERCLASS an inspiring weekend intensive that allows writers to explore new techniques of imagination and composition recharge their creativity and make some progress on a manuscript poetry non fiction or fiction 3 July and 30 October A LITTLE BIT OF GRAMMAR IS A DANGEROUS THING a short course in grammar for writers who d like to know more about the inner life of sentences Based on Mark s The Little Green Grammar Book 17

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  • chairing and participating in on poetry the last genre standing with Jennifer Maiden and Robert Gray That one is on at 4 pm on Friday 21 May The other is a conversation on memoirs with Brenda Walker Brenda s new book is a refined memoir on reading Reading by Moonlight and how it helped save her life I ll be talking about my landscape memoir The Blue Plateau and I

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  • on new work a while before sending it out into the world A few poems I wrote last year have recently been published One was You Know How This Goes just out in Snorkel 11 It s a Little Early but Let s Call it Quits showed up in Meanjin 69 1 Autumn 2010 http www meanjin com au August Sestet was in The Sydney Morning Herald 27 March 2010

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  • the ancient business of spiritual inquiry My poem Have You Seen won the prize in its first year and it s a delight to be in the running again The judges this year were Anna Kerdijk Nicholson Ron Pretty and Les Wicks The prize is announced at the National Read More The Blue Plateau Shortlisted for the PM s and the Queensland Premier s Literary Awards 2010 Published Tuesday August 17 2010 Label Following on its shortlisting for the Prime Minister s Literary Award see my other entry on that The Blue Plateau has just been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier s Literary Award nonfiction with four other books including Krissy Kneen s startling and lyrical memoir of addiction Affection and Brenda Walker s elegant memoir of reading and recovery Reading by Moonlight They announce the prize in Brisbane on 31 August I m deligthed to see that Peter Boyle is shortlisted in poetry for his stunning Apocrypha And in fiction Stephen Lang is listed for his lovely novel 88 Lines About 44 Women Read More The Blue Plateau Shortlisted for the Prime Minister s Literary Awards 2010 Published Thursday July 22 2010 Label The Blue Plateau has been shortlisted in the nonfiction category of the Prime Minister s Literary Awards The prize which pays 100 000 but who s counting and was introduced to encourage Australians to take literature as seriously as say cooking is by far the biggest in the land So it s a thrill to see my love child of a book recognised alongside works by Shirley Walker David Malouf and Alex Miller for example Even if the country weren t engaged on an election campaign just now the winners wouldn t be announced for a couple of months The prize tries to let attention Read

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  • really can t think of any other poet who gives us quite so many subtle modulations dispositions and humours in each single poem as Mark does the mood can change from delight to melancholy to wit all within a few lines And here s an example from Wingecarribee Eclogues 1 My daughter not yet one crawls to my chair and takes my pens and tries to steal the book I try to write in This could be a metaphor but who knows My son fresh from the bath and naked yet steps into my boots This could be another but I hope not I sit in the corner of the thick of my life and I think I ll keep on writing till I run out of pens One minute he s rather phlegmatic the next expectant and hopeful as in these opening lines from Paradise Once I lay in the lassitude of summer rocking the sky s slow boat looking up the skirts of a sorority of poplars The wind rose and the grey leaves panicked in a silver school and swam south But not far south and the sky above was a lapis scrim of unbroken thought The American poet James Wright coined the phrase the genius of place by which I think he meant the spirit the power the prevailing mood or dominant individuality even oddness that a place can be beset with Mark is so good at capturing the temper of a place and seamlessly yoking it to the world of troubles of human hope and disappointment of doubt love and desire It s clear that Mark s power as a poet comes out of his ability to capture an extraordinary number of extras or windfalls because he is so aware of what is going on in his language the metaphors he creates are stylish funny inventive sure footed and they carry enormous intensity of feeling There is in Mark s work a superb handling of utterance and this comes through mainly in his use of a long sinuous flowing line I am so glad to see that the Publisher has kept integrity with this long line by making this book wider than most normal poetry books in order not to break up the lines but present them in their fullness Most publishers wouldn t do this The rhythms are just lovely the lines are lulling gentling even restful Listen to this from Wingecarribie Eclogues and see how beautifully balanced it is how poised and assured the rhythms are and if you are following it on the page page 20 parts 7 8 have a look a how skilfully Mark uses the line breaks 7 So windy today you d swear it was August So warm you d call it spring The winds walking in from the desert Here is never the entire world one belongs to Or now for that matter The present moment is a frantic mosaic of the broken pieces of the past

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  • poems Brisbane River Blues Song of Someone Like My Self Well after Midnight a Long Way from Home among friends and friends of my writing in that lovely setting I d been in Brisbane teaching at the Queensland Writers Centre over the weekend and I d been getting lost in the Valley with my friend the Irish poet and painter John O Sullivan and found again in the sunlight on

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  • 2010 Label Nike Bourke is going to launch Fire Diary in Brisbane on Monday 29 November at the wonderful Avid Reader bookshop in West End Six till eight Please come along and keep me company Make a booking with Avid http www avidreader com au index php option com registrationpro view event Itemid 0 did 109 Read More ACT Book of the Year Published Saturday October 02 2010 Label I got word on Friday the day of the release of Fire Diary that The Blue Plateau has been shortlisted for this year s ACT Book of the Year Award The prize will be announced in mid November Read More Cowshed Book Sales Published Thursday September 30 2010 Label Copies of all my books are now available from the cowshed direct Just send an email to and tell us what you d like and where you d like it sent Prices are as below though we ll need to add five dollars for postage a little more for orders outside Australia Payment by electronic transfer or cheque Prices excluding postage Fire Diary 20 The Road South CD 15 The Blue Plateau 25 The Little Black Book of Business Writing 25 The Little Green Grammar Read More Reading with Robert Gray at Bluemetal 29 October 2010 Published Thursday September 30 2010 Label Robert Gray and I are sharing a reading at Bluemetal Vineyards in the Southern Highlands on the evening of Friday 29 October Bluemetal is the venue for the popular Poet on a Plate series This time we thought to celebrate the release of my new book Fire Diary and to anticipate the release of Robert s forthcoming Cumulus we d try a different format at a different time six till eight Robert and I will read and talk a little

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  • and Crookwell The poets are Jane Baker Margaret Berry Nicola Bowery Russell Erwin Robyn Lance Harry Laing Elizabeth Lawson Lizz Murphy and me The tour kicked off this Tuesday in Braidwood It moves to Queanbeyan on Wednesday Boorowa and Yass on Thursday Crookwell and Goulburn on Friday and Bowral on Monday 15 November I m reading in Crookwell 1 00 pm at the library on Friday 12 November with Russell

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