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y Australia's Wild Weather single work   essay  
Issue Details: First known date: 2011 2011
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'Marrying photographs from the collection of the National Library of Australia with an evocative and contemplative essay by poet Mark Tredinnick, Australia's Wild Weather is a lyric field guide to Australian cloudplay and rainfall, wind and light, storm and calm, hail and snow, cyclone and duststorm, drought and flood, and fire.

'Tredinnick asks us to look at our assumptions about weather. We are a stable people on a stable continent, whose weather is not, in fact, uncommonly wild, and perhaps we tell ourselves stories of meteorological disaster (narrowly and bravely survived) to reassure ourselves we're real. But Australian identity is without question an adaptation to habitual drought. Drought is in our nature. It's in the way we speak and in the way we get about our lives—undemonstrative, dry, imperturbable. As if we had three years at best. As if emotion were a scarce resource. As if beauty were always suspect and unreliable ...

'These are times in which, of course, weather is no longer small talk; it is most of the news. Tredinnick contemplates with quiet urgency what it means to be living at what may be the beginning of the end of the weather we have known.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Book launched in Canberra by Senator Bob Brown at the National Library of Australia, 8 December 2011.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,: National Library of Australia , 2011 .
      Courtesy of the National Library of Australia.
      Extent: 155p.
      Note/s:
      • Illustrated with 120 photographs from the National Library of Australia's collection.
      ISBN: 9780642277237 (hbk.)

Works about this Work

In Short : Nonfiction Nick Galvin , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 March 2012; (p. 35)

— Review of Australia's Wild Weather Mark Tredinnick 2011 single work essay
Weathering Australia Mark Thomas , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 November 2011; (p. 16-17)
In Short : Nonfiction Nick Galvin , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 March 2012; (p. 35)

— Review of Australia's Wild Weather Mark Tredinnick 2011 single work essay
Weathering Australia Mark Thomas , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 November 2011; (p. 16-17)
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