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Hardheads & Woolly Thinking

13 November 2012

I’m putting the finishing touches to a new performance essay Hardheads & Woolly Thinking, which I’m presenting in Melbourne at the opening night of the NonfictionNow 2012 Conference.

I’m on the bill with fellow writers Rúnar Helgi Vignisson (Iceland) and Cheryl Strayed (USA). And it all kicks off at Storey Hall Auditorium, RMIT, Swanston Street on Wednesday 21 November, 7:00—8:30 pm.

Woolly headed thistle

Woolly headed thistle

As a performance essay it runs about 15 minutes. (It will also become the basis of a chapter in The Book of Thistles.)

Here’s a bit more information:

Hardheads & Woolly Thinking is about the vernacular poetry of weeds and the nature of change. It is about a ‘true’ thistle and a thistle in name only. Botanical Latin and plants in plain English. And it is about clearing out my father’s study and discovering his collection of torches. A stash—I counted 39—that spoke of his worries over power cuts and being left in the dark.

Hardheads & Woolly Thinking mashes memoir, fieldnotes, the theatrical monologue and environmental writing.

From → Essays, Thistles

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