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5 July 2016

July events

Paul Jennings to launch The Dragon’s Skin

Celebrated children's author Paul Jennings will launch The Dragon’s Skin, by Ross Gray, on Thursday, 14 July 2016, at The Last Coach in Warrnambool, Victoria. For more information or bookings, please contact Kelly Curran at Warrnambool Books.

The Hobart Bookshop to host launch of White-out

Saxby Pridmore's new poetry anthology, White-out: selected published poems, 1986-2016, will be launched on the evening of Thursday, 21 July 2016, at The Hobart Bookshop.

For more information about Lacuna events, see the Events page on our website.

New releases

White-out: selected published poems by Saxby PridmoreWhite-out: selected published poems 1986—2016

by Saxby Pridmore

Foreword by Professor Tony Simoes da Silva, Head of School of Humanities, University of Tasmania

White-out: selected published poems 1986–2016 brings together 194 of Tasmanian poet Saxby Pridmore’s published poems to commemorate his achievement and contribution to Australian poetry: more than 300 poems published in over 40 different literary magazines and journals, including Quadrant, Studio, Famous Reporter, Blue Dog, Overland and Island.

“These poems consider everything human: … They’re deft, poised, and compassionate. Many will stay in mind and invite revisiting …”
— Michael Sharkey, editor of Australian Poetry Journal

“Each a self-contained unit, the poems combine to create a portrait of a life busily observing, reflecting, writing. Each in turn feeds into a richer narrative of being in and of the world, and of selfhood defined always relationally.”
— Professor Tony Simoes da Silva, University of Tasmania, from the foreword

“perceptive, reflective, generous”
— Ralph Wessman, former editor and publisher of Famous Reporter

“By turns whimsical and as penetrating as a surgeon’s knife. From deeply personal to philosophically abstract, a powerful range of images and ideas.”
— Emeritus Professor James Cotton, UNSW Canberra

“Saxby Pridmore captures the feelings of any one of us … this collection is a surprise to enjoy.”
— Anne Henderson, author, biographer and deputy director of the Sydney Institute

Australian poetry | Publishing 7 July 2016
Paperback ISBN 9781922198242 204pp RRP $19.95
Ebook ISBN 9781922198259 RRP $8.99


the dragon's skin by ross grayThe Dragon’s Skin

by Ross Gray

“David Edge is a Chinese Whisper.” So Constable Carol Porter learns while digging into one of Edge’s cold cases, unsure if she’s investigating the crime, the crim or the ex-cop. But to petty thief Ben Bovell, Edge is his only friend, his hero, and the one person he can trust — to keep the promise he extracts from Edge when Ben walks into his daughter’s day-care centre wearing a bomb. In the aftermath, a cast of cops, crims, muscle for hire, sex workers, street kids and bystanders encounter Edge as he too delves into a past he’d prefer was undisturbed. Who is the real David Edge? David Edge is a Chinese whisper …

Australian crime fiction | Published May 2016
Paperback ISBN 9781922198228 324pp RRP $29.95
Ebook ISBN 9781922198235 RRP $7.99


Meet the author

Leon Silver

Leon SilverLeon Silver is a full-time writer and author of two novels, Dancing with the Hurricane (HarperCollins 2004) and Sweeties (forthcoming, Lacuna 2016). He was born in Shanghai, grew up in Israel, and came to Melbourne in the mid 1950s, where he still lives with his wife Lauretta. With a strong education in textile technology and design, Leon worked in the fashion industry for many years, but he has been writing all his life.

Sweeties will be published in October 2016, and launched by Rafael Epstein in Melbourne.

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