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y separately published work icon Craft for a Dry Lake single work   autobiography  
Issue Details: First known date: 2000... 2000 Craft for a Dry Lake
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In Craft for a Dry Lake, Kim Mahood embarks on an extraordinary journey to her heartland - the outback of her youth. Compelled to revisit the haunts of her childhood by the tragic death of her father, Kim seeks to lay his ghost to rest, but instead finds herself faced with many of her own. Her adventures are interwoven with the echoes of childhood memories and peopled by an intriguing cast of outback characters. At times the lines between past and present become blurred as a daughter travels in the footsteps of her father, searching for a sense of place in this landscape she once called home. (Source: Trove)


  • Dedication: To my father, whose death made the book necessary.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Anchor , 2000 .
      Extent: 266p.
      Description: illus., map
      ISBN: 1863591397
Alternative title: Vaisseau pour un lac mort : journal de bord
Language: French
    • Mouries,
      Western Europe, Europe,
      Le Fil Invisible ,
      2004 .
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      Extent: 315p.
      Description: illus., map
      ISBN: 2843150353

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  • Also sound recording.

Works about this Work

y separately published work icon Polities and Poetics : Race Relations and Reconciliation in Australian Literature Adelle Sefton-Rowston , Oxford : Peter Lang , 2022 24390199 2022 multi chapter work criticism

'A reconciliation movement spread across Australia during the 1990s, bringing significant marches, speeches, and policies across the country. Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians began imagining race relations in new ways and articulations of place, belonging, and being together began informing literature of a unique new genre. This book explores the political and poetic paradigms of reconciliation represented in Australian writing of this period. The author brings together textual evidence of themes and a vernacular contributing to the emergent genre of reconciliatory literature. The nexus between resistance and reconciliation is explored as a complex process to understanding sovereignty, colonial history, and the future of society. Moreover, this book argues it is creative writing that is most necessary for a deeper understanding of each other and of place, because it is writing that calls one to witness, to feel, and to imagine all at the same time.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Position Doubtful by Kim Mahood : Lives of the Desert Mapped on an Artist's Skin Barry Hill , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 14 October 2016;

— Review of Craft for a Dry Lake Kim Mahood , 2000 single work autobiography
'Kim Mahood, an artist who writes exceptionally well, is fond of the expression "paying attention". As is fitting. In her Craft for a Dry Lake (2000), a prize-winning memoir about growing up on a cattle station called Mongrel Downs, at the western edge of the Tanami Desert in northern Australia, she was paying attention to the way her father, the "outback", and the Aboriginal people shaped her. ...'
Seeing the Cosmos : Ross Gibson’s ‘Simultaneous Living Map’ Catherine Noske , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 15 no. 3 2015;
'In its reading of the journals of William Dawes, Ross Gibson’s 26 Views of the Starburst World offers a dynamic vision of the world. His entry into the landscape of Sydney Cove is characterised by and constructed according to the multiple ‘views’ of his title, each of which interrelate in various, shifting ways to coalesce into a narrative. The version of place which emerges is both strange and beautiful, challenging constructs of nation which depend on notions of locality and ‘rootedness’. Gibson’s text thus prompts questions of critical practice before place. What can be achieved in taking up a fragmented writing style? This paper investigates the manner in which Gibson reconstructs concepts of place and space in order to challenge contemporary understandings of the Australian nation. It questions whether or not a similar vision of place can be applied in other contexts, and examines the manner in which place comes to be doubled over in the act of reading.' (Publication abstract)
y separately published work icon Navigating Loss in Women's Contemporary Memoir Amy-Katerini Prodromou , London : Palgrave Macmillan , 2015 12015783 2015 multi chapter work criticism

'Navigating Loss in Women's Contemporary Memoir traces the grief process through the lives of contemporary women writers to show how its complex, multi-layered nature can encourage us towards new understandings of loss.'  (Publication summary)

Reading Australia from Distant Shores Jennifer Wawrzinek , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 28 no. 1 2014; (p. 18-22, 257)
'A a doctoral candidate working in Australian Studies, Wawrzinek shares the difficulty to find quality Australian literature in Europe, particularly in Paris and in Berlin. With the increasing availability of ebooks via download,she is hoping that it will become easier to include lesser known Australian writers on reading lists in the European university and to access material that otherwise takes months to arrive via conventional methods of transportation. She says a sustained, ongoing program to support Australian authors, to speak about their work, and to engage in collaborative programs with European scholars and artists is needed to show the world that Australia is not just about Kangaroos and beautiful beaches.' (Publication summary)
Memories of Earth (Somewhere Specific) Carmen Leigh Keates , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Dotlit : The Online Journal of Creative Writing , August vol. 4 no. 1 2003;

— Review of Craft for a Dry Lake Kim Mahood , 2000 single work autobiography
Kim Mahood's Evolving Geographies Saskia Beudel , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , August no. 42 2007;

— Review of Craft for a Dry Lake Kim Mahood , 2000 single work autobiography ; Blow-Ins on the Cold Desert Wind Kim Mahood , 2007 single work essay
Sense of Place Katharine England , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 13 May 2000; (p. 18)

— Review of Craft for a Dry Lake Kim Mahood , 2000 single work autobiography ; Into the Wadi Michèle Drouart , 2000 single work autobiography
Living at the Centre Kate Llewellyn , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , October vol. 10 no. 8 2000; (p. 36-37)

— Review of Craft for a Dry Lake Kim Mahood , 2000 single work autobiography
Enigmatic Memoir Joyce Smith , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 225 2000; (p. 10-11)

— Review of Craft for a Dry Lake Kim Mahood , 2000 single work autobiography
A Track Winding Back Kim Mahood , 2003 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 62 no. 4 2003; (p. 121-125)
'Mahood explores the relationship between physical and metaphorical journeys in the light of her return to where she grew up.' -- Editor's note, p.121
Red Ochre in the Moonlight : Cultural Self-Inscription in Kim Mahood's Craft for a Dry Lake Anita Balakrishnan , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Interfaces 2004; (p. 41-48)
Balakrishnan argues that, in Craft for a Dry Lake, Kim Mahood 'turns away from the myth of the outback associated with her father and her childhood idealisation of it, and envisions a syncretic identity that partakes of both the white settler and Aboriginal traditions that constitute her heritage. Secondly, the notion of the child as an emblem of the self that remains deep within the individual recurs, so the autobiographical narration of childhood becomes a way of giving meaning to the self. Mahood, in Craft for a Dry Lake negotiates between these versions of subjectivity in her quest for authentic, albeit syncretic selfhood.'
Intimate Strangers : Contemporary Australian Travel Writing, the Semiotics of Empathy, and the Therapeutics of Race Robert Clarke , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crossings : Bulletin of the International Australian Studies Association , vol. 9 no. 3 2004;

— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 85 2005; (p. 69-81, notes 208-209)
'Increasingly, domestic white Australian travel narratives mobilise encounters with Aboriginality as contexts for political and ethical critiques of white hegemony that, in turn, reflect different manifestations of sympathetic white liberal discourses of reconciliation.... This paper focuses on how these narratives represent performances of a white Australian postcolonial sensibility towards Aboriginality that defines itself through a semiotics of empathy ... for Aboriginality, and how the co-ordinates of this semiotics shifted over the 1990s in response to movements in the Australian public sphere vis-à-vis the politics and ethics of reconciliation.' (Introduction)
Kim Mahood's Craft for a Dry Lake: A Work in Progress Bernadette Brennan , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 66 no. 1 2006; (p. 91-105)
Literature in the Arid Zone Tom Lynch , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Littoral Zone : Australian Contexts and Their Writers 2007; (p. 70-92)
This chapter surveys and assesses from an ecocentric perspective some representative literary portrayals of the Australian deserts. Generally, it contrasts works that portray the desert as an alien, hostile, and undifferentiated void with works that recognise and value the biological particularities of specific desert places. It explores the literature of three dominant cultural orientations to the deserts: pastoralism, mining, and traversal. It concludes with a consideration of several multi-voiced and/or multi-genred bioregionally informed works that suggests fruitful directions for more ecocentric literary approaches. (abstract taken from The Littoral Zone)
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