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John Blay John Blay i(A20039 works by) (a.k.a. John Charles Blay)
Born: Established: 1944 ;
Gender: Male
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1 Poet Lives Again in Fond Memoir John Blay , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29 July 2017; (p. 20)

'Big questions lie at the heart of The Green Bell. What is love? Madness? Poetry? Are there boundaries? The focus is on Paula Keogh’s intense relationship with poet Michael Dransfield when they meet in M Ward, the psychiatric ward of Canberra Community Hospital, in 1972.

Keogh was admitted after a breakdown following the death of her best friend Julianne, but with Dransfield’s arrival in M Ward their story takes flight. ‘‘His eyes are teasing’’ as he smiles at her. They bond with wordplay and poetry and find refuge nearby under the green bell of a willow by the shores of Lake Burley Griffin.' (Introduction)

1 3 y separately published work icon On Track : Searching Out the Bundian Way John Blay , Sydney : NewSouth Publishing , 2015 8971319 2015 single work prose travel

'On Track tells the story of John Blay’s long-distance search for the Bundian Way, an important Aboriginal pathway between Mt Kosciuszko and Twofold Bay near Eden on the New South Wales far south coast. The 360-kilometre route traverses some of the nation’s most remarkable landscapes, from the highest place on the continent to the ocean.

'This epic bushwalking story uncovers the history, country and rediscovery of this significant track. Now heritage-listed, and thanks to the work of Blay and local Indigenous communities, the Bundian Way is set to be one of the great Australian walks.' (Publication summary)

1 Truth and Terror in Fire's Ancient Kingdom John Blay , 2009 single work essay
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , April vol. 4 no. 3 2009; (p. 12-13)
In the wake of the 2009 Black Saturday fires, John Blay examines William Howitt's writing about the 1851 Victorian Black Thursday fires. Blay concludes: 'How can we manage to sort truth from terror when we don't have in our popular story the words for different forms of fire? Fire-prone Australia must rejig its language'.
1 1 Seeing the Forest and the Trees John Blay , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , February vol. 3 no. 1 2008; (p. 9-10)

— Review of A Million Wild Acres : 200 Years of Man and an Australian Forest Eric Rolls , 1981 single work non-fiction ; Convincing Ground : Learning to Fall in Love with Your Country Bruce Pascoe , 2007 single work prose
1 y separately published work icon The Australian Native Plant Gardener's Almanac John Blay , Normanhurst : Wildlife Presentations , 1994 Z809067 1994 single work
1 The Night of the Gardens i "As the city's aura slowly leaves", John Blay , 1994 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2 July 1994; (p. 9A)
1 The Travellers i "The wood toughens, bites", John Blay , 1991 single work poetry
2 y separately published work icon Trek Through the Back Country John Blay , North Ryde : Methuen , 1987 Z809070 1987 single work autobiography

Treking through Deua, Wadbilliga and Brogo River wilderness areas west of Bermagui; reference to Aboriginal stone implements fire-stick farming, tribal areas of the Dyiringanj and the Walbanja, and the legend of douligah or yowie.

1 1 y separately published work icon Part of the Scenery John Blay , Fitzroy : McPhee Gribble , 1984 Z290881 1984 single work autobiography
1 Forestry Poem i "Yesterday", John Blay , 1978 single work poetry
— Appears in: Poet's Choice 1978 1978; (p. 59)
1 The Luxury of Space i "grew up", John Blay , 1977 single work poetry
— Appears in: Poet's Choice 1977 1977; (p. 25)
1 So Much For the Maps i "We drive beside the river", John Blay , 1975 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australians Aware : Poems and Paintings of Today 1975; (p. 54)
1 y separately published work icon Charles Harpur : A Work for Radio John Blay , Sydney : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1975 Z982905 1975 single work criticism
1 Off Cuttagee Beach i "A battleship rides out there today", John Blay , 1973 single work poetry
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 55 1973; (p. 13)
1 Battling Ambiguity: The Crunch i "kept looking at me", John Blay , 1973 single work poetry
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 55 1973; (p. 13)
1 This Other Place i "left the street", John Blay , 1973 single work poetry
— Appears in: Southerly , September vol. 33 no. 3 1973; (p. 300)
1 Switchgirl i "Like some dedicated concert pianist", John Blay , 1971 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , June no. 2 1971; (p. 35)
1 Doing it Yourself : A Poem i "it is done", John Blay , 1971 single work poetry
— Appears in: Makar , November vol. 7 no. 3 1971; (p. 5-6)
1 Driving i "Jolting", John Blay , 1970 single work poetry
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , April no. 33 1970; (p. 65-69)
1 Man of Letters i "He sits before his incomplete portrait,", John Blay , 1970 single work poetry
— Appears in: Poetry Australia , February no. 32 1970; (p. 24)
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