Hooray for Alec Patric! His book ‘Black Rock White City’ just won the Miles Franklin Award for best book. And that is a big ole deal, as it’s Australia’s premier literary prize, and is worth a whopping $60,000 AUD. Not bad for a man who works in a St Kilda book store and struggled to get published.
I gave the book five stars on Goodreads back in June 2015—click on the link to read my review.
And, after meeting Alec in Melbourne, we had a lovely, long conversation over email. Click on the link to read some wonderful insights into a writer’s mind.
Nederlands Dans Theater at The Civic Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand, 29 July 2016
Safe as Houses
Darkness and light
Shadow and illumination
Incogitable strength cranes limbs
A life in the hinge of an ankle
The vanishing ballet.
Woke up Blind
An entire dance to one haunting, lingering Jeff Buckley note
“Burning holes with eyes of liquid brown”
Pulling and pushing
Hissing angry copulating frenzied love
Trapped inside the mind
Breakdown in communication
Together again. Alone.
He’s here from upstairs.
Dancers slide and drip over the
The ability to proliferate conflict
light years away, from the
safety of the boardroom table.
Traitorous switched roles
Rapture and torment
Upstairs, and beneath a table.
A decision made?