Writing lives, reading lives

This afternoon I went to a book event at Sophia, the spirituality centre at Cabra, featuring Mag Merrilees (who has featured in this blog many times). It was a lovely event, with readings and talk from Mag about her writing life, and including some moving and funny excerpts from various of her works. I was struck by the dedication and time that Mag has spent creating her works, how hard it is to get published and also by the commitment she shows to working with others, her longtime buddies in her writing group, some of whom were there today. Another example of the benefits of not doing things by oneself when you can do it with friends.

This was followed by a splendid afternoon tea, and then a chance for those attending to say a word or two about favourite books of theirs. Books are so important to many of us, certainly to me, and it was a treat to hear the variety of books mentioned by those present, and the stories about why they love the book, in some cases the particular actual book, that they spoke of. There were novels, poems, current issues, indigenous themes, Australian books, philosophy, meditation, children’s books – a whole array of titles, some of which I would love to read, some of which I have read, and some of which I wouldn’t like at all! I didn’t have a paper and pencil with me, so I am going by memory a bit, but here are some of the volumes that people spoke about:

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice_drink_me
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One hundred
The House by the River (poems) by Diane Fahey

a_house_by_the_river_310_453_s
Illusions by Richard Bach

illusions
Alla Prima 2 by Richard Schmid

Alla Prima ii
Position Doubtful by Kim Mahood

Position Doubtful Kim Mahood

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Poisonwood
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

signature

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

the-book-thief

In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje

in the skin of a lion

Deep Time Dreaming by Billy Griffiths

deep-time-dreaming

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

prophet

Talking to my Country by Stan Grant

Grant

Into the Silent Land by Martin Laird

Silent Land

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

Lion witch wardrobe

and there were others…

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6 Responses to Writing lives, reading lives

  1. Jayne Jennifer says:

    Thanks Elizabeth for a great summary of a splendid afternoon, Jayne

  2. Thank you so much Elizabeth! Wonderful round up of books! Mag xxx

    *www.margaretmerrilees.com *

    On 4 August 2018 at 23:49, Stories of buttons and bread wrote:

    > parrot feather posted: ” This afternoon I went to a book event at Sophia, > the spirituality centre at Cabra, featuring Mag Merrilees (who has featured > in this blog many times). It was a lovely event, with readings and talk > from Mag about her writing life, and including some movi” >

  3. Carole Wiles says:

    Thank you,
    I couldn’t come and now I’m feeling like you all had such a good time.
    Carole Wiles xx

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