Monthly Archives: November 2014

Sunday Shout-out: centenary edition of Dubliners

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Guardian First Book Award shortlist

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Fiona McFarlane’s The Night Guest has made it on to the shortlist of 5 for the Guardian First Book Award.  (Matthew Thomas’ We Are Not Ourselves, which we reviewed here, missed out). No, we aren’t Fiona McFarlane’s agents – it’s just a very good book. You can read Fiona’s own comments about the book here, for a much-needed balance to the peculiar Sydney Morning Herald piece we linked to in our Barbara Jefferis post.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/nov/15/first-book-award-the-shortlist

The other books are:

Colin Barrett: Young Skins (short stories)

Henry Marsh: Do No Harm ( a neurosurgeon’s life)

Evan Osmos: Age of Ambition (reportage about China)

May-Lan Tan: Things to make and break (short stories)

The winner will be announced on November 26th. Any bets?

Sunday haiku

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Spring an otter bright with sparkling water

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Wind at the corners of the house

these days

you never meet my eyes

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around his grave

native flowers

at home in clay

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melaleuca

touching the moving river

dreams…dreams…

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crow in the birdbath splinters the sun

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Some of these haiku have appeared in First Australian Haiku Anthology 2001  and A Hundred Gourds 2011

photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blacktigersdream/9496987544