Cate Kennedy, with her usual incredible generosity, disarmed the audience with her warmth and compassion while launching The Taste of River Water: New and Selected Poems at Great Escape Books. I shed a quiet tear at ‘Eating Earth’, other highlights were, ‘October 14th, 2010: The Chilean miners are lifted into the light’ , ‘8 x 10 colour enlargements $16.50‘ and an older poem from ‘Joyflight’ which always moves me, ‘ Picasso’s portrait of a young woman‘. However the list goes on… it’s a fabulous volume to have by your bedside or over a glass of red wine by the fire. Every poem is disarming and incredibly moving in it’s beauty.
Cate is the author of of the highly acclaimed novel The World Beneath, which won the People’s Choice Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2010. It was also shortlisted for The Age fiction prize 2010 and the ASA Barbara Jefferis Award 2010, among others. Cate is also an award-winning short-story writer whose work has been published widely. Her collection, Dark Roots, was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. Cate is also the author of the travel memoir Sing, and Don’t Cry, and the poetry collections Joyflight and Signs of Other Fires. Her latest book is The Taste of River Water: New and Selected Poems.
A Taste of River Water Information: This was a free event. Please phone the bookshop on (03)5289 7052 for more information or for editions of The Taste of River Water, Sing and Don’t Cry, Dark Roots or The World Beneath.