So last year I had the opportunity to read this amazing book. Below is an adaptation of my Amazon review:
“Can you hear the river crying?”
Songlines was such an amazing, beautiful story, it gave me goosebumps! And so Australian. I loved the way the author has woven together strands from completely different cultures in such a way they work seamlessly together! This story has biblical, Aboriginal and fairy stories all merged into one believable explanation.
The only thing that jolted me out of the story occasionally were the sometimes unusual metaphors – though I loved this one “as helpful as a chihuahua rounding up cattle.”
Such a unique story, I’m really looking forward to the next one in the series!
(Which happens to be available now!)
So last year, in that gap while I wasn’t blogging, I was still writing, and submitting my writing, and being published, though not in the usual sense.
Every year in November, the little town of Deloraine plays host to the world renowned (is it? I’m sure it must be!) Tasmanian Craft Fair. Deloraine I’m sure must be the creative hub of Tasmania – or one of them at least – and among the many artistic and creative endeavors are the sculptures scattered along either side of the main street.
Last year, writers from Deloraine and across Northern Tasmania were invited to pick a sculpture and write a short piece (short being the key – we were given an approximate figure of 30 words) in some way linked to the sculptures. There were all sorts of pieces – fiction and non-fiction, lists and stories. I was lucky enough to have two of my pieces chosen:
There were so many wonderful interpretations of the sculptures – I’m hoping they repeat the idea this year!