Writing About Country

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Nature writing is a long-established genre in Europe and North America but there is still not an extensive body of work published in this genre from Australia. Perhaps it has taken some time for writers and publishers to feel confident of readers’ interest in the landscapes and wildlife of this country.

For Alice Springs author, Meg Mooney, writing about Central Australia’s sandplains, ranges and gorges, its plants and animals, and its people, has been part of the process of finding belonging in this country.

Drawing on examples by some key nature writers in both prose and poetry, this workshop will guide participants in the development of their own writing about country.

Participants are asked to bring their own writing about country for reading and discussion.

Meg Mooney is a natural scientist and poet who lives in Alice Springs. She has been in Central Australia for 28 years now, living or working in remote Aboriginal communities for most of that time. Meg’s writing often focuses on the country and people of the Centre, and relations between whitefellas and blackfellas.

For the dry country: writing and drawings from the Centre, by Meg and artist Sally Mumford, was published by Ptilotus Press in 2005. The Gap chapbook was co-winner of The Picaro Poetry Prize in 2010, and was published by Picaro Press. Meg has twice won the Red Earth Poetry section of the NT Literary Awards, and has had poems and stories published in various Australian journals and anthologies. She was a guest at the Sydney Writers’ Festival in 2005; at the NT Writers’ Festival, 2005, 2006, 2014 & 2015; and at the Spring Poetry Festival in Perth in 2010.

Meg’s latest collection, Being Martha’s Friend, was published in 2015 by Ginninderra Press, and was launched at Eye of the Storm in 2015.

Meg is currently working on a manuscript for a book on the geology of the Larapinta Trail. This endeavour is part science journalism, part literary nonfiction.

Saturday 16 April 2016
9:30am – 11:30am
The Residency
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