For those who remember Newtown in Sydney’s inner west, the way it used to be, here is a special treat.
A friend of mine, poet and author Sue Cartledge, is launching her book ‘Newtown Voices‘ this weekend, on Sunday 4th June 2017.
This wonderful event is happening at Newtown’s iconic bookstore, Better Read Than Dead at 4pm.
Rather than try and describe it myself, here are some words about Sue’s verse novel, by Mark Tredinnick, winner of the Montreal Poetry Prize.
“Newtown’s mean streets have found their bard, their Chandler, their Porter, in Sue Cartledge.
This is a memoir and a love ballad for a place and a time: Newtown, in the skirts of a city to which the wider world was arriving fast. In this elegant and witty, tender novel in verse, you’ll meet cops and crooks, journos and painters, emigres fleeing violence in Europe and bringing finer food and wilder ways in their luggage; you’ll walk King Street as it comes out of its closet and opens its eyes, as a new Australia dawned, to the way—more diverse, more sophisticated, more violent, more knowing—the real world works. This is an accomplished work of narrative verse, an assemblage of asides and monologues, newspaper clippings and lyric meditations. Newtown Voices smells like a detective novel, dances like a villanelle, builds and breaks and flies, reads like a stage play. A trim, tough and touching remembrance, cut through with meditations on Newtown today, Newtown Voices is a delight and a work of art.”
Come on down to the ‘town on Sunday, it’ll be a great way to remember Newtown of days past.
For those who know me personally, it’d be great to see you there, especially because I’ve been given the great pleasure of being asked by Sue to read an excerpt from her book at the launch.
Hope to see you there.
Visit the ‘Newtown Voices’ website.