The Uncoolness of Mark Tredinnick: Having a Voice and a Place

Published : Sunday, July 10, 2011 | Label: Books  

Gregory Day—multi-award winning novelist (The Patron Saint of Eels), poet, nature writer, fisherman, bard, Yeatsian, and place tragic—made a speech at the Melbourne launch of my poetry collection Fire Diary back in late May, a speech in which I felt so recognised as a man and a poet that I could find little to say afterwards—in my gratitude and some deeper feeling I still can’t name—except “thank you”. Greg’s words created a silence you want your poems to create—into which I turned and read some of the poems Greg had taken so deeply to heart. Poems whose suffering and joy…

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Fire Diary

Published : Friday, January 07, 2011 | Label: Books  

My first book of poems, Fire Diary, was published in November 2010 (Puncher & Wattmann).

It gathers 49 of the poems I’ve been writing over the past few years and arranges them in four sections: “The Perfect Body of the Beloved”, “As Near to Stillness as I’m Ever Going to Get”, “The Rain on the Face of the World”, and “The Black Terrain Between”.

I left out more poems than I put in; I hope to make a second book soon and bring in 2012.

Judy Beveridge launched my book in early December 2010.…

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The Little Black Book of Business Writing

Published : Thursday, July 01, 2010 | Label: Books  

The Little Black Book of Business Writing (UNSWP, 2010), which I wrote with Geoff Whyte, does for functional writing what The Little Red Writing Book (2006) aimed to do for all writing (creative, in particular). The black book is the third in my trilogy of books on the writing craft and the writing life.

Don’t use writing to sound like someone doing business (or policy or research, science or finance or sales); use writing to get the business done—intelligently, humanely, elegantly and well. And preferably fast. The Little Black Book of Business Writing shows you how.

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The Blue Plateau: A Landscape Memoir

Published : Saturday, January 02, 2010 | Label: Books  

The Blue Plateau was the first book I sat down to write. It changed a lot in the writing, and I wrote a lot of other books before I got to the end of it, but it was always going to be the book it became, once I became the man I needed to be to write it. The book is my attempt, in my accent, to do for the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, what Henry David Thoreau did in Walden, and Karen Blixen did in Out of Africa, and Annie Dillard did in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, and…

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The Little Green Grammar Book

Published : Saturday, January 02, 2010 | Label: Books  

The Little Green Grammar Book, twin to The Little Red Writing Book (UNSWP, October 2008), aims to do for grammar what the red book does for style. And in the same tone of voice. It’s useful, but it has attitude. It’s fun, I’m told, to read.

Grammar is the rules for paradise, I say in the book; writing is the paradise. Grammar is the set of rules you’ll need to know and sometimes cleverly break, but never forget, if you want to write with grace or cool or circumspection.  However your paradise is configured.

The laws…

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What’s Writing For

What makes writing worth writing—and reading—is what the story or the poem achieves beyond the tale it tells: its music, its wisdom, its form, the way it makes the ordinary world beautifully strange. A good tale is only good, in other words, if the telling is sound and memorable. It’s the voice and mood, the arc and flow, the poetry of the writing that endure when the storyline fades.

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