A Place on Earth

Published : Sunday, October 28, 2007 | Label: Books  

image A Place on Earth (UNSW Press, 2003; University of Nebraska Press, 2004) is my anthology of nature writing from Australia and North America. It starts with an introductory essay in which I managed to say, better than I have, perhaps, said since, some things about nature and nature writing and why they matter so much. My book includes my “Falling Water,” about living in two places at once, both defined by water.

But read it for the wonderful prose of Barbara…

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The Little Red Writing Book

Published : Sunday, October 28, 2007 | Label: Books  

UNSW Press, 2006

“Reading The Little Red Writing Book is the next best thing to participating in a workshop taught by one of the wisest, most gifted and ingenious writing teachers you could hope to find—precisely what Mark Tredinnick is.” (Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food)

Part meditation on the writing craft, part writing primer, part cry for grace, part manifesto, The Little Red Writing Book is a manual for everyone who wants to write, or has to write, and wants to do it better. It’s a book about how to make beautiful sense on paper—a…

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A Small Manifesto - A Speech made at the launch of Little Red Writing Book

Published : Sunday, October 28, 2007 | Label: Books  

Like some failed but persistent thief, I’ve lived my life in sentences; some of them are my own, but most of them belong to other people.

What you have here is just about everything I haven’t forgotten from having lived my life that way—listening, reading, writing and teaching. If you get to spend your life that way, you are lucky, and you will have many people to thank for letting you do it, when there may have been, just now and then, other things to be getting on with. I’m standing here with this book in my hand…

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The Land’s Wild Music

Published : Sunday, October 28, 2007 | Label: Books  

(Trinity University Press, 2005)

image The Land’s Wild Music (Trinity University Press, 2005) is a road book. According to poet Pattiann Rogers “The Land’s Wild Music is the record of a quest, an odyssey, Mark Tredinnick’s journey of exploration. Focusing on the work, the places, and the lives of four major contemporary writers, Tredinnick’s narrative investigates the complex interconnections existing among the land, language, and the human spirit.” My road took me, specifically, through the Cascades in Western Oregon, Long Island, the Colorado Plateau, and…

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Catching the lyric of the country

Published : Sunday, October 28, 2007 | Label: Nature  

A taxonomy of Australian nature writing
It was an evening in September 2002, and I stood at the counter of the bookshop in Glebe. It was the night of the launch of Gum, Ashley Hay’s eucalypt memoir; and I was at the counter to buy myself a copy.

Right behind me in the queue, a woman asked her friend, ‘So, is this nature writing?’ This is not a question one expects anyone to ask in Australia, even in a bookshop, even at the launch of a book that almost fits the description.
When I…

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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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