photographs: Tony Sernack

Prize Life; Praise Life

Published : Sunday, May 18, 2014 | Published In: Writing -

Prize Life, Praise Life

(FIrst published as the introduction to Award-Winning Australian Writing 2012)

Praise life with broken words
—Robert Adamson, “Via Negativa”

1. THE WELL-READ LIFE
Happiness is not all it’s cracked up to be.
A happy…

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Getting Over Your Self

Published : Sunday, May 18, 2014 | Published In: Writing -

Getting Over Your Self

(First published as the introduction to Sparks, an anthology of creative writing from Masters students at the University of Sydney, 2012)

MARK TREDINNICK

I HARDLY MEET a person who doesn’t think they have a book in them—who doesn’t want, or…

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A Peaceable Revolution

Published : Sunday, May 18, 2014 | Published In: Writing -

A peaceable revolution: the republic we have to have
(First published in Project Republic, ed Benjamin Jones and Mark McKenna, 2013)
Mark Tredinnick

1.
We seem to me a people more than ready to leave home. To take full imaginative possession of…

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Why Write?

Published : Friday, June 13, 2014 | Published In: News

An Early Thursday Morning Writing Credo

Write what you don’t know about what you do know, James Galvin says. Write your affections, afflictions, and addictions. Write what always eludes you in what you love. Write the Beloved in the world, in yourself, in your enemy, in the dew,…

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A Poet’s Guide to Climate Change

Published : Saturday, December 29, 2012 | Published In: News

My talk “A Poet’s Guide to Climate Change” plays on Radio National tomorrow (Sunday 30 December 2012) at 9:45 am.

Here’s the link: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/ockhamsrazor/a-poet27s-guide-to-climate-change/4426198

You can read and download the transcript there; after 30 December, you can hear the talk by podcast. Assuming the poles…

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“Margaret River Sestets” wins the Cardiff Poetry Prize 2012—Makes the Landscape “flame and sing”

Published : Tuesday, December 04, 2012 | Published In: News

In June my poem “Margaret River Sestets” was announced as the winner of this year’s Cardiff International Poetry Prize for 2012.
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http://www.literaturewales.org/news/i/141526/

The prize attracts entries from all over the world, and it carries prize money of 5000 pounds.

My…

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Brief Life

Mark Tredinnick, winner of the Montreal Poetry Prize (2011) and the Cardiff Poetry Prize (2012), is the author of The Blue Plateau, Fire Diary, and nine other acclaimed works of poetry and prose. He lives in the highlands southwest of Sydney, Australia.

Tredinnick is “one of our great…

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PROLOGUE

Earth has its own old rituals. They visit us, sometimes, in the midst of ours. They come suddenly, violently. Often, where I live,…

Excerpt from : Days of Christmas