Bron Nicholls’ intricately crafted novella, opens a window into the joys and sorrows of growing old alone in regional Australia. This work has the eloquent simplicity of Kent Haruf’s Our Souls At Night, coupled with the womanly psychological observations of an early Doris Lessing.
Nell, in her seventy-ninth year, narrates her past and her present as a thoughtful observation of the world around her; of her participation in it on her own terms and learning from each challenge. There is plot, but it subtle. There is drama, but it is organic and uncontrived. Bron Nicholls excels in a style of writing that makes us look again at the familiar.
But she also writes in terms that make the book suitable for any age group, and, because she captures the minutiae of ageing that society and media often prefer to ignore, this is a book that would make a marvellous study piece in schools. For older readers, living alone, it is a must.
It is now available from Pomonal Publishing, or, for locals in the Grampians, from the Stawell Library’s new ‘local author’ shelf.
Alice Weaver doesn’t like the things other kids like, computer stuff and television, she only loves books. And she has never had a best friend. When Mum and Dad send her to stay with her grandparents in Currawong Creek, bad movies start screening inside her head. Who to tell? There is only Joe, a loyal Border Collie, until Alice feeds a wounded bird, and sets off a chain of events she couldn’t have imagined.
‘Currawong Calling’ a book for younger readers by Bron Nicholls, author of ‘Mulliway’ & ‘Three Way Street’ is available for purchase from June 30th. This is a limited edition publication from the acclaimed Australian author so you will need to contact us via this blog (leave a comment) or the main Pomonal Publishing website to order your copy.
In recovery mode after the launch of our second poetry publication: ‘Still Life With Grandmother’. (Is it a month already?) Those of you who understand this publishing hobby was only meant to keep me out of mischief while my body fell into undignified demise, may well imagine the toll that event took on me. If you missed the excitement, visit YouTube to hear the author, Christopher Race, reading from the title poem. Or yours truly trying to ensure Pomonal Publishing is not taken to be something it never can be, unless someone more able than myself sits in the driving seat.
We struggle on, getting ready to upload ‘Currawong Calling’, the latest work for younger readers by acclaimed children’s author, Bron Nicholls (my sister, as it happens). A quiet novel for a more individual readership, this will be a limited edition, by author request. Fans of Bron’s work may let us know via this site, if you would like to pre-order a copy.
Our forthcoming publication, the second in our poetry series, ‘Still Life With Grand-mother’ by Christopher Race, is an event of some significance for Pomonal Publishing: it will be the first time we have held a public launch for one of our books, complete with posters, press releases, invited guests, drinks and nibbles.
I have known Race since we were both in our late teens, poised without dignity on the cusp of our adulthood and holding that spurious conviction (you may well recall it) that one actually sees the world clearly. We have watched each other grow up, both as writers and as a members of our species; arriving at the tail end of the booming-babies with our own particular tales to tell. Christopher has worked with books and writing for all these years – both on personal projects and professional jobs (including in-house and freelance editing). He is now a qualified librarian.
It was with considerable elation that I discovered, just a few years ago, that my literary friend had also found his voice as a poet. Now it is with pride and great pleasure – and the help of a mutual friend, Michael Foster, who has selected and edited this collection – that Pomonal Publishing announces the forthcoming release of this book: STILL LIFE WITH GRANDMOTHER. It will be launched on Saturday 14th March at the (locally legendary) monthly Chamber Poets reading, at The Chamber Art & Coffee House in Woodend, Central Victoria. Race will be the featured poet reading poems from this collection.
Available directly from our printer from today – Frances Holloway’s moving anthology of Wimmera poems!
If I run barefoot from my door
to the tank-stand on the hill
I collect one hundred wounds
but none that time won’t heal. . . .
Frances Holloway’s poetry takes the reader into a deeply personal arena, and yet the essentially universal themes of life, love and death, grant the narratives startling familiarity. While loss and loathing are leavened with humour, the mundane faces of incidental things are elevated by a profound sense of their beauty, and impermanence. Students of Eastern philosophy may recognise references to ancient texts and meditations, but there is nothing sacred here – unless everything is – a conclusion that might easily be reached.
Pomonal Publishing doesn’t have a Facebook presence and we don’t tweet, so if those of you who follow us would kindly give us a mention, we’d be delighted. Frances herself is a very private sort of writer so this is the only photo of her we are able to use: