Category Archives: Your Place

A place for your thoughts and writings on a sense of place and nature writing.

Genius Loci

‘Walking barefoot on the warm stone pavement around the point this summer I looked down onto the rich ochre colour of deserts, onto the pink hues of Petra, and into the patterns of the webs connecting us. How often we … Continue reading

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Travelling the Hard Road

The results are out – Ian Johnston has won the NSW Premier’s Translation Prize 2011!   Ian receives $30,000 and PEN medallion.  Here is another poem from Waiting for the Owl: poems and songs from ancient China. It is an extract … Continue reading

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The Radical Politics of Nature Writing

This paper by Pete Hay is loosely based on a talk given on the occasion of the national Inverawe Nature Poetry Competition, May 2006. “We should write on, then, and we should do so knowing that this is no mere … Continue reading

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Swimming the Sky

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Haiku – the poetry of nature

At the 2009 Watermark Literary Muster in Kendall NSW, Sharon Dean shared her thoughts on Australian haiku as a form of nature writing. Her presentation was published in Island issue 120 and is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Sharon … Continue reading

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