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  • share their stories over time It seemed to me everyyone came away from the shed feeling more confident about their skills and more confident in themselves Trish Carroll June 2008 Jeff on the Cowshed Published Tuesday June 03 2008 Label Testimonials I found the Cowshed Course a truly rewarding experience Not only is the location inspiring but the support and feedback from the other aspiring writers on the course and

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  • how things stand And it doesn t look like we re out of the woods yet so if this concerns you make a noise A plan to streamline the environmental regulation of resource projects conceived at the last COAG meeting in April did not even make it on to yesterday s agenda having been subject to criticism by environmental groups and threats of legal challenge The federal government instead deferred

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  • his neighbours and the residents of the area Locals are blockading Carters Lane a private road owned by another landowner in the area which accesses the property Sutton Forest is part of the Sydney Water Catchment and has one of the State s most productive aquifers directly over the coal seam Independent water scientists say that any mining will have a very serious impact on the groundwater in the area It s unsafe to mine here but POSCO s pushing on regardless There s a huge amount of data available in the area from all the water bores that have been drilled many right through the coal seam We are doing an independent water study to demonstrate that this activity shouldn t take place Mr Martin said The residents were dismayed by the failure of the State Government s recently announced Strategic Regional Land Use Plans to provide any firm commitment that projects would be stopped even if highly productive aquifers were in danger or highly valued agricultural land was threatened We think proper processes are available to the government to prevent exploration activities in areas such as this They ve tried to have a bet each way and have produced a slate of policies that don t give any certainty to communities and landowners at all The anger and anxiety that this is causing to many people in affected communities is heartbreaking The Coal Action Group has asked the Coalition State Government not to renew POSCO s Coal Exploration Licence which came up for renewal in November 2011 The determination of the locals to blockade has been increased by the Government s recent announcement that they intended to offer a 6 year renewal three times the normal length to Leichhardt Resources who hold a Coal Seam Gas licence that

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  • I think Shared with my friend Roland Hemmert the painter shared again with me I ve been thinking about Read More US Reading Tour for The Blue Plateau and Fire Diary March to April 2011 Published Monday January 10 2011 The Plains Humanities Alliance have invited me to spend a week at the University of Nebraska Lincoln in early April this year I ll be giving some talks and readings and teaching some classes there all of it on the ecotone between Read More Indigo Sunset Published Monday January 10 2011 What looks certain to be the very last issue of that very fine literary journal Indigo has just come out Indigo 6 Summer 2011 contains apart from the usual assembly of unusual of fine and surprising poetry and Read More Rereading Basho at the End of the Narrow Road Published Thursday December 09 2010 I fly to Taipei next Wednesday to talk about Basho and the art of renunciation the way of poetry and the end of the world as we know it at the Fifth International Conference on Ecological Discourse at Tamkang University Read More Page 2 of 19 pages 1 2 3 4 Last Recent News Why

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  • Tasmanian Poetry Festival This year s was the twenty fifth making it the longest running poetry festival one of the oldest continuous and continuing literary festivals indeed in Australia Read More Wording the World Published Friday September 17 2010 Judy Beveridge has edited an anthology of new poems Wording the World and it comes out in early October from Puncher Wattmann The collection showcases new work made under Judy s tutelage by the students of Avondale College Read More Writing in Bhutan Published Wednesday September 08 2010 My friend the poet and memoirist KIm Stafford son of the poet William Stafford is leading with Wendy Erd a pilgrimage writing retreat in Bhutan early next year 24 January to 4 February 2011 He tells me there are Read More At Bundanon Published Wednesday August 18 2010 From Monday 23 August to Thursday 9 September I m staying down on the Shoalhaven River in the Writer s Cottage at Bundanon The Bundanon Residencies are hard to come by and I feel blessed to have one I hope the muse Read More Page 3 of 19 pages First 1 2 3 4 5 Last Recent News Why Write A Poet s Guide to

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  • Published Saturday October 20 2007 From April or May 2008 I hope to run the first of a series of long workshops from my cowshed in Burradoo I m calling these The Cowshed Series In time I plan a poetry workshop But I plan to start Read More New writing workshops at CCE Published Friday October 19 2007 This Wednesday 31 October I begin teaching two of my writing workshops at The University of Sydney s Centre for Continuing Education in the morning The Creative Writing Workshop and at night Writing the Real my course on literary nonfiction and the Read More My Little Red Writing Book to come out in the US Published Monday September 03 2007 My book The Little Red Writing Book UNSW Press comes out in the United States and the United Kingdom in July 2008 Its publishers Cambridge University Press will alas change its name to perhaps Writing Well The Cambridge Guide There Read More Page 19 of 19 pages First 17 18 19 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 common wealth is this

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  • s forest When the trailer was brimming with eucalypt and blackwattle offcuts I walked along the river with the dog The way the track bent and rose and fell and articulated under my feet and under the dog s feet the very selfhood of that bend of the river brought to mind for the first time in ages that piece at the very start of my red book where I describe a good sentence as a track not a road If I were to say anything at the award ceremony it would be to mention my walk this morning and to read from that opening section of the book and to say that maybe the truest truths good writing tells it tells in the way its sentences reprise the contours of speaker s unique self her inner life her aspirations and attitudes and gifts Congratulations to the winner s And thanks to Anne I m honoured The prize was offered locally this year Next year Annette hopes to open it up State wide in Queensland After that nationally I m glad to have my name associated with a festival and a prize aimed at encouraging a literature of fact and

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  • in the place and with the family one loves So it is for me anyway I found myself saying to Roland this week it s as though my art is the Beloved And it s no good coming to the beloved in company As a family That s not going to work Not for anyone concerned You must come to the beloved alone Some of my poems Insolvency in particular and Ecologues explore the exquisite beauty and difficulty for the maker of original things of this relationship between the work and the world between the poem and the family And so I was taken by these words of Geordie Williamson s in a review of Gunter Grass s new memoir The Box in The Australian 8 9 January If writers are gardeners of the mind careful cultivators of a solitude from which imagined worlds grow then what are authors with families They face the extra challenge of preserving that sense of autonomy and mental freedom usually won through isolation while enmeshed in the most intimate and consuming of social structures Grass of course has been married and is the father of many children His own book acknowledges by letting his intimates speak often disparagingly of him and his books that work such as writing which others may love and which may work to the greater good can be a mixed blessing if not a curse for the family of the man or woman who makes it He acknowledges that life can be hard even hellish for the families of creatives Yet also rich Godawful messes are part of life he writes But then he would Neither Grass nor Williamson is making an argument against the family or marriage Nor am I But I find consolation as well as challenge I find myself recognised in these words that speak so clearly to the workable maddening and for some of us necessary incompatibility between the long distance solitude of art and the long distance intimacy of the family Society I think treats family sentimentally and uncritically without asking ourselves what a family really is how many ways of going about it there might be too many of us presume that family comes first Family I would almost say has become the idol we worship with our lips if not always with our hearts or the rest of our body it is the god the narrow minded wheel out to punish non conformists solitaries artists in particular who are unspeakably lonely when they are not by themselves with art that we all need made Family doesn t trump everything We need it I need it But it is not more important than the work people like Roland Hemmert and the old feller who gave him the words about loneliness and art do All of us self absorbed autonomous lonely free thinking writers all artists would do well to remember to thank those who love us as often as we can for giving us

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