Barry Hill's essay Dark Star was published in the latest edition of Meanjin. His book Reason and Lovelessness - Essays, Encounters, Reviews 1980-2017 will be published in March 2018 by Monash University Publishing.
Kevin Hart's latest book of poetry, Barefoot, will be published in February 2018 by Notre Dame Press.
Gerald Murnane's latest book, Border Districts, was published by Giramondo in November 2017.
A Review for Border Districts that appeared in the Saturday paper said:
'Border Districts is a wistful valediction. It is a book to be read on a porch or verandah or balcony, on a summer evening, as the sun is beginning to set and the colour beginning to drain from the air. It is a book to be read aloud, its rhythms enjoyed, with all their stilted poetry and power of syntactical precision. And as you read, you can imagine that what you are channeling is a signal, a transmission from beyond the horizon and its sunset colours, from beyond the border, from the mind of a man who wants to guard his eyes now and forever.'
Kevin Walsh's latest book, Waterwise Plants and Gardening was launched on 10th December. The book combines the contents of his best selling books Waterwise Gardening and Waterwise Plants, and includes many colour photographs, easy to follow text and diagrams so that you can pick up handy hints, plan changes to your garden's layout, get into the finer points of setting up a tank and using grey water as well as learn about waterwise plants suited to your gardening conditions.
Gerald Murnane ran a one day workshop titled Another World in This One: Gerald Murnane's Fiction. It took place in Goroke, a small Victorian town, on December 7 2017. The workshop was organised by Anthony Uhlmann and included presentations by Gerald Murnane, Ivor Indyk, Rachel Morley, Brigid Rooney, Shannon Burns, Emmett Stintson and Anthony Uhlmann. The workshop was part of the 'Dialogues' theme of the other Worlds Project, which aims to bring together scholars considering the theme of the representation of worlds in their works, and develop these into a series of essays.
Heather Nimmo's radio play I'll Write to Richie Benaud will be performed in Rockhampton on 17 February 2018. The play tells the stroy of Steven, a bloke in his thirties; he goes to work, has a girlfriend, and loves his cricket. He has a particular soft spot for Richie Benaud, the benevolent voice of the commentary box who always has the answers. But some problems even Richie can't solve. Steven has Down syndrome, and when his aging mother's health takes a turn the rest of the family has to step up for Steven's future. Everyone has an opinion - but has anyone asked Steven what he wants? For more information see http://rockyradio.strikingly.com