Woodpecker Point single work   short story  
Issue Details: First known date: 1987 1987
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Notes

  • Epigraph: Named for the legendary Tasmanian woodpecker, which nests only on the northwest coast, the town of Woodpecker Point is the site of the first settlement in this part of the island and is classified as an historic town. Many of the early buildings can still be seen, including the ruins of an imposing gateway which originally formed the entrance to a deer park. The most striking and most photographed feature of the rugged Bass Strait coastline at Woodpecker Point is the Blowhole, leading to which there is an easy walking track. Excellent beaches, good fishing, and some of the finest agricultural land in Tasmania make Woodpecker Point one of the most interesting tourist centres on the coast. Of particular note are the hawthorn hedges so reminiscent of old England,and the tiny church of St Mary-in-the-Fields is as fine example of the architectural traditions of Europe and Britain as the visitor could hope to see. Other attactions include the old Part and Parcel Inn, and the Den of Antiquity where locally collected period furniture can be bought. (Trekking Tasmania, Carrillo Mean, Bedrock Press, 1985)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Woodpecker Toy Fact and Other Stories Carmel Bird , Fitzroy Ringwood : McPhee Gribble Penguin , 1987 Z364855 1987 selected work short story To read these stories is to look into a kaleidoscope - or a peepshow where, against bright backdrops, people and their passions shift and slide with a mysterious dark daring. (Souce: back cover, 1987 edition) Fitzroy Ringwood : McPhee Gribble Penguin , 1987 pg. 95-143
  • Appears in:
    y Woodpecker Point and Other Stories Carmel Bird , New York (City) : A New Directions Book , 1988 Z284128 1988 selected work short story This collection of short stories about everyday life hint at the ominous as they skate a fine line between the mundane and the fantastic and familiar images become startling icons. (Source: Copac) New York (City) : A New Directions Book , 1988 pg. 85-121
  • Appears in:
    y The Essential Bird Carmel Bird , London Sydney : Fourth Estate , 2005 Z1190499 2005 selected work short story essay biography prose

    Enter the world of a murdered socialite, be consumed by rural madness, be ignited by the longings of an obsessive optometrist, engrossed by unorthodox book-binding, and moved by a heartbreaking meditation on the Oklahoma bombings. With its bewitching language, full of subtle harmonies and rhythms, The Essential Bird takes the reader on a voyage that delights, amazes and fascinates. Carmel Bird weaves fact, fantasy and history into a shimmering fabric of fiction that creates a world of hyper-reality both tender and profound. (Source: back cover)

    London Sydney : Fourth Estate , 2005
    pg. 37-82
Last amended 30 May 2005 12:04:19
Settings:
  • Tasmania,
  • Country towns,
  • 1960s
  • 1980s
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