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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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Writing Well: The Essential Guide

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

Writing Well is what my writing primer The Little Red Writing Book is called in the edition published by Cambridge in 2008 for the US and UK (and other English-speaking markets).

Essentially the same as the red book (2006), Writing Well is adapted for use outside Australia: more US and UK examples, my best shot at US spellings, and a few improvements.

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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Watermarks, Rivers, Pan

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

As well as these three works, I have edited three collections of Australian writing. Each appeared as an issue of a literary journal, which I jointly guest-edited:

  • 1. Watermarks, 64/2 of Southerly, 2004. This collection of ecocriticism and nature writing in prose and poetry gathers selections from the first Watermark Festival of Nature Writing. It includes an editorial by me about that event and about the state and place of nature writing in Australia.
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My Books

In July 2007, when I launched this site, I had five books to my name, and one CD. It’s been a rich and frantic few years: there are nine books now (Jan 2011), and three coming soon. Here’s a list.

All of my books are in print and available through bookshops or via Amazon, the Book Depository, or any of the other usual suspects. Or contact us and we’ll send them your way.

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