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Book launch - Night Music

Night Music lives in the realm of the imagination, but with real people and places: Australia, Scotland, Russia, Galway, Afghanistan, the Med. We encounter Akhmatova, Forbes, Yeats, W.S. Graham, the Tarot, cats, Rastas, Taoism and Hades, Bartok and Sandy Evans, Auden and Mingus. People play the piano, fire guns, get grilled at the border, paddle canoes, set limpet mines, eat, love, dream, and talk to the dead. The language of these poems meditates and jives, raves and glitters, teases and grieves, about life itself and the ultimate subject – the life of the imagination.

Join us as we launch this remarkable collection of poems.


Doors open 3:30pm for a 4:00pm start


About the Author

Andrew McDonald spent his early years in England and California and came to Australia to teach English. For ABC Radio he wrote freelance reviews and features; at SBS-TV he edited subtitles, then produced English narrations for foreign documentaries. He was active on the poetry scene in Sydney, claiming, with some justice, to be the bard of Leichhardt. In 2001 he moved to Canberra, where he has worked as a counsellor and editor. His previous books are Absence in Strange Countries and The One True History. Forthcoming are prose writings in Glossary, and poems in And Now This.

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