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  • Author: Geoff Page http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/page-geoff
Issue Details: First known date: 2003 2003
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A story about a 1930s all-women dance band on the 'Showboat' Ferries on Sydney Harbour .

Notes

  • A novel in verse form
  • Epigraph: from Australian Music Maker and Dance Band News, 1 September, 1938, p.4 'Trocadero Girls' Band Makes Debut'
  • Epigraph: 'You have no suburb, like those easier dead
    In private berths of dissolution laid -
    The tide goes over, the waves ride over you,
    And let their shadows down like shining hair...'
    Kenneth Slessor: Five Bells, (1939)
  • Epigraph: 'It warms the very sickness in my heart that I shall live and tell him to his teeth,"Thus did'st thou".' William Shakespeare: Hamlet, (1601)
  • Author's note: Acknowledgements An earlier version of this story's first part has been broadcast by the ABC as a radio play, under the title Sally Rivers' All Girl Band.
  • Author's note: The context, but not the events, of this work derives from the experiences of Australian female dance musicians in the 1930s, as detailed most recently in Sweethearts of Rhythm by Kay Dreyfus (Currency Press, 1999). Any reference to actual people, living or dead, is unintentional.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Sax Appeal Sets Verse Tale Alive Philip O'Brien , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 5 June 2006; (p. 8)
Poetry Survey Oliver Dennis , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Island , Autumn no. 96 2004; (p. 62-67)

— Review of Beautiful, Unfinished : Parable/Song/Canto/Poem M. T. C. Cronin 2003 selected work poetry ; Ships on Fire Robert Drummond 2002 selected work poetry ; Drumming on Water : a Verse Novel Geoff Page 2003 single work novel ; The Weight of Irises Nicolette Stasko 2003 selected work poetry ; Rooms and Sequences Mike Ladd 2003 selected work poetry ; High in the Pawpaw Tree Andrew Hardy 2003 selected work poetry ; Extraction of Arrows Kathryn Lomer 2003 selected work poetry ; It Is Nearly Dark When I Come to the Indian Ocean : The Collected Poems of Joyce Lee Joyce Lee 2003 selected work poetry ; A First Reader John Watson 2003 selected work poetry
Untitled David McCooey , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , March no. 23 2004;

— Review of Drumming on Water : a Verse Novel Geoff Page 2003 single work novel
Untitled David McCooey , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 82 2004; (p. 148-151)

— Review of Drumming on Water : a Verse Novel Geoff Page 2003 single work novel ; Blood and Old Belief : A Verse Novel Paul Hetherington 2003 single work novel
A Novel that Sings the Story of a Band Peter Pierce , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 5 July 2003; (p. 5a)

— Review of Drumming on Water : a Verse Novel Geoff Page 2003 single work novel
Swept Up in Dark Riffs and Rhythms Angela Bennie , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2-3 August 2003; (p. 15)

— Review of Drumming on Water : a Verse Novel Geoff Page 2003 single work novel
The Paradox of Jazz David Gilbey , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 254 2003; (p. 56)

— Review of Drumming on Water : a Verse Novel Geoff Page 2003 single work novel
A Novel that Sings the Story of a Band Peter Pierce , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 5 July 2003; (p. 5a)

— Review of Drumming on Water : a Verse Novel Geoff Page 2003 single work novel
Swept Up in Dark Riffs and Rhythms Angela Bennie , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2-3 August 2003; (p. 15)

— Review of Drumming on Water : a Verse Novel Geoff Page 2003 single work novel
The Paradox of Jazz David Gilbey , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 254 2003; (p. 56)

— Review of Drumming on Water : a Verse Novel Geoff Page 2003 single work novel
Poetry Survey Oliver Dennis , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Island , Autumn no. 96 2004; (p. 62-67)

— Review of Beautiful, Unfinished : Parable/Song/Canto/Poem M. T. C. Cronin 2003 selected work poetry ; Ships on Fire Robert Drummond 2002 selected work poetry ; Drumming on Water : a Verse Novel Geoff Page 2003 single work novel ; The Weight of Irises Nicolette Stasko 2003 selected work poetry ; Rooms and Sequences Mike Ladd 2003 selected work poetry ; High in the Pawpaw Tree Andrew Hardy 2003 selected work poetry ; Extraction of Arrows Kathryn Lomer 2003 selected work poetry ; It Is Nearly Dark When I Come to the Indian Ocean : The Collected Poems of Joyce Lee Joyce Lee 2003 selected work poetry ; A First Reader John Watson 2003 selected work poetry
Untitled David McCooey , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , March no. 23 2004;

— Review of Drumming on Water : a Verse Novel Geoff Page 2003 single work novel
Untitled David McCooey , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 82 2004; (p. 148-151)

— Review of Drumming on Water : a Verse Novel Geoff Page 2003 single work novel ; Blood and Old Belief : A Verse Novel Paul Hetherington 2003 single work novel
Sax Appeal Sets Verse Tale Alive Philip O'Brien , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 5 June 2006; (p. 8)
Last amended 9 Jun 2015 13:52:14
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  • Sydney, New South Wales,
  • Sydney Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales,
  • 1938-1945
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