Under the murky skies of the Hunter Valley, despite its dominance by coalmines and coal-fired power stations, some culture does exist!
Next Thursday evening I’ll be speaking at Singleton Library about my book, Mountain Tails and some other matters — apart from my wild neighbours — that stir my passions at present. I’ll also read some extracts from Mountain Tails.
This library always does a great wine and cheese spread to sustain the literati audience, and it’s free!
You do need to book, though:
6-8pm, Thursday 26th November
Singleton Library, 8-10 Queen St.
Phone (02) 6578 7500
While I’m talking Hunter happenings, I recently won the Prose Prize for a new anthology, People of the Valley, with my short story, ‘Greta Italiana’, about an Italian migrant’s experiences on his first night at the Greta camp, just after the war.
This is the latest anthology about the Hunter from Newcastle’s own Catchfire Press.
They have published Through the Valley, Beneath the Valley and now People of the Valley — Writings from the Hunter.
The book is an interesting mix of past and present, of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, with B & W photographs.
I understand the book is so far available at Hunt-a-book, Scone; Macleans, Hamilton and Toronto; and Angus & Robertson, Kotara.