y Freehold : Verse Novel single work   novel  
  • Author: Geoff Page http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/page-geoff
Issue Details: First known date: 2005 2005
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

Whitby Downs, a famous cattle station on the Clarence River, has been in Whitby hands since the 1840s but now they're selling up. Or are they? What about the native title claim? Family conflicts, generational splits, commercial opportunism - nothing is black and white in the fight over Whitby Downs. (Publisher's blurb.)

Notes

  • A novel in verse form.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

‘Country’ in Australian Contemporary Verse Novels Linda Weste , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;
'Research is yet to describe the stylistic preferences that shape contemporary Australian verse novels which provide political and social critique. This article examines Lisa Jacobson’s The Sunlit Zone (2011), Judy Johnson’s Jack (2006), and Geoff Page’s Freehold (2005), texts which share a stylistic preference for representations of speech and thought that are closer to ‘naturally’ occurring oral communication, and which maximise use of vernacular, regional idiom, and colloquial diction. A close reading of these texts identifies the expressivity markers by which they depict attitudes, beliefs, and values pertaining to ‘country’, with particular focus on analysing the interplay of poetic and narrative elements that is instrumental to foreground the ‘natural’, and to correlate their narratives with mimetic, real-world representation.' (Publication abstract)
'Their Graves Are Green, They May Be Seen': Geoff Page’s 'Visible Histories' David Callahan , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia , vol. 1 no. 2009; (p. 64-72)
'Geoff Page's most sustained approach to settler history as twinned achievement and failure appears in the triptych: Invisible Histories (1989), The Great Forgetting (1996) and Freehold (2005). In these mixed-genre texts Page writes obsessively from within the contemporary dispensation of the politics of regret, searching for registers and modes in which responsible witness may be carried out with respect to the foundational historical myths of the nation. The problem with foundation chronicles for the ancestors of people who invaded, murdered and appropriated the land of others can be referred to the current debate around the notions of "guilt" and "shame". Despite Page's collaboration with the Aboriginal artist Pooaraar in The Great Forgetting, and his ambition to bring differing stories into a useful confluence, the task of writing a healing history might be impossible for reasons that lie beyond the writer's strategies or good-will.' Source: David Callahan.
Untitled Adam Atkinson , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: API Review of Books , January no. 40 2006;

— Review of Freehold : Verse Novel Geoff Page 2005 single work novel
Steady Pools Oliver Dennis , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 280 2006; (p. 49)

— Review of Freehold : Verse Novel Geoff Page 2005 single work novel
Poetry Survey Kevin Gillam , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Island , Winter no. 105 2006; (p. 82-86)

— Review of The New Arcadia John Kinsella 2005 selected work poetry ; The Universe Looks Down Chris Wallace-Crabbe 2005 single work poetry ; Freehold : Verse Novel Geoff Page 2005 single work novel ; Rattus Rattus : New and Selected Poems Peter Rose 2005 selected work poetry
New Poetry, 2005-2006 Megan McKinlay , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 51 no. 2006; (p. 60-73)
Argues for the importance of first impressions in reading and appreciating poems.
In Short : Fiction Michael McGirr , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5-6 November 2005; (p. 22)

— Review of Freehold : Verse Novel Geoff Page 2005 single work novel ; Designated Targets : World War 2.2 John Birmingham 2005 single work novel
Supple in Fertile Complexity Peter Pierce , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 November 2005; (p. 16)

— Review of Freehold : Verse Novel Geoff Page 2005 single work novel
Bringing the Epic Back to Life Lisa Gorton , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 23-24 December 2005; (p. 20)

— Review of Freehold : Verse Novel Geoff Page 2005 single work novel ; The Universe Looks Down Chris Wallace-Crabbe 2005 single work poetry
In Short : Fiction Michael McGirr , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5-6 November 2005; (p. 22)

— Review of Freehold : Verse Novel Geoff Page 2005 single work novel ; Designated Targets : World War 2.2 John Birmingham 2005 single work novel
Supple in Fertile Complexity Peter Pierce , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 November 2005; (p. 16)

— Review of Freehold : Verse Novel Geoff Page 2005 single work novel
Bringing the Epic Back to Life Lisa Gorton , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 23-24 December 2005; (p. 20)

— Review of Freehold : Verse Novel Geoff Page 2005 single work novel ; The Universe Looks Down Chris Wallace-Crabbe 2005 single work poetry
Untitled Adam Atkinson , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: API Review of Books , January no. 40 2006;

— Review of Freehold : Verse Novel Geoff Page 2005 single work novel
Steady Pools Oliver Dennis , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 280 2006; (p. 49)

— Review of Freehold : Verse Novel Geoff Page 2005 single work novel
Poetry Survey Kevin Gillam , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Island , Winter no. 105 2006; (p. 82-86)

— Review of The New Arcadia John Kinsella 2005 selected work poetry ; The Universe Looks Down Chris Wallace-Crabbe 2005 single work poetry ; Freehold : Verse Novel Geoff Page 2005 single work novel ; Rattus Rattus : New and Selected Poems Peter Rose 2005 selected work poetry
New Poetry, 2005-2006 Megan McKinlay , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 51 no. 2006; (p. 60-73)
Argues for the importance of first impressions in reading and appreciating poems.
'Their Graves Are Green, They May Be Seen': Geoff Page’s 'Visible Histories' David Callahan , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia , vol. 1 no. 2009; (p. 64-72)
'Geoff Page's most sustained approach to settler history as twinned achievement and failure appears in the triptych: Invisible Histories (1989), The Great Forgetting (1996) and Freehold (2005). In these mixed-genre texts Page writes obsessively from within the contemporary dispensation of the politics of regret, searching for registers and modes in which responsible witness may be carried out with respect to the foundational historical myths of the nation. The problem with foundation chronicles for the ancestors of people who invaded, murdered and appropriated the land of others can be referred to the current debate around the notions of "guilt" and "shame". Despite Page's collaboration with the Aboriginal artist Pooaraar in The Great Forgetting, and his ambition to bring differing stories into a useful confluence, the task of writing a healing history might be impossible for reasons that lie beyond the writer's strategies or good-will.' Source: David Callahan.
‘Country’ in Australian Contemporary Verse Novels Linda Weste , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;
'Research is yet to describe the stylistic preferences that shape contemporary Australian verse novels which provide political and social critique. This article examines Lisa Jacobson’s The Sunlit Zone (2011), Judy Johnson’s Jack (2006), and Geoff Page’s Freehold (2005), texts which share a stylistic preference for representations of speech and thought that are closer to ‘naturally’ occurring oral communication, and which maximise use of vernacular, regional idiom, and colloquial diction. A close reading of these texts identifies the expressivity markers by which they depict attitudes, beliefs, and values pertaining to ‘country’, with particular focus on analysing the interplay of poetic and narrative elements that is instrumental to foreground the ‘natural’, and to correlate their narratives with mimetic, real-world representation.' (Publication abstract)
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