Good Reading : March 2018
GOOD READING MARCH 2018 9 Indigenous culture would that engender? An article on Indigenous language, authors, books and representation might also help. Bob Moore, Cumbalum NSW Dear Rowena You caught my interest with your comments, December 2017/January 2018, on books published in Welsh. As part of my 2016 Reading Challenge I read what is hailed in some reviews as the first Welsh Classic of the 21st century, The Life of Rebecca Jones by Angharad Price. A friend had recommended it to me, but wouldn’t lend me her copy, too fearful to part with a book that had moved her so strongly. Having sourced a copy of my own and having read it, I can totally understand her reticence, I couldn’t bear to part with my copy either! It’s a precious little book and a wonderful read, full of the most beautifully descriptive writing I’ve read in a long time! With such powerful narration in the English translation, I have no doubt that in the author’s native Welsh language the writing would have been breathtaking! All the best for a fabulously happy and productive New Year to you, your wonderful staff and Baxter, of course! Felicity Magill, Devonport Tas Dear Rowena Your foreword in this December issue made me recall an essay I submitted when I was an undergraduate in English in the 1960s. I was given a poem to analyse, a poem I found incomprehensible if not nonsensical. In desperation – it had to mean something – I wrote a lucid account of what the poem could mean. I got a reply from the tutor. He considered my essay quite ingenious. The problem was that the poet, a friend of his, disagreed with me completely. The poem meant something quite different from what I thought it could mean. I don’t recall being told what the poem did mean. I suppose that I was too mortified to ask. By the way, in old age I’ve returned to reading modern verse. I’ve just finished Clive James’s Gate of Lilacs: A verse commentary on Proust. As a re-creation of the experience of reading Proust it is deliriously good. Judith Crabb, Oaklands Park SA YOUR SAY EDITOR & PUBLISHER • Rowena Morcom firstname.lastname@example.org EDITORIAL MANAGER • Angus Dalton email@example.com ONLINE RESOURCES MANAGER Rosie Bisset firstname.lastname@example.org FINANCIAL DIRECTOR • David Morcom ART DIRECTOR • Danielle Cairis WORK/LIFE BALANCE SUPERVISOR Baxter the dog email@example.com SUBEDITOR • Diane Parks PROOFREADER • Russell Thomson, AE ACCOUNTS ENQUIRIES firstname.lastname@example.org SUBSCRIPTIONS email@example.com Good Reading Magazine 1/7 Rosebery Place, Balmain NSW AUSTRALIA 2041 Tel: (61 2) 8090 1051 Fax: (61 2) 9810 2488 goodreadingmagazine.com.au ISSN 1445-2839 Subscription rates • Print-only 12 months (11 issues) Australia $109.50 I New Zealand A$124.95 International A$205 • Online-only 12 months (11 issues, single user) $49.95 • Print and online 12 months (11 issues, single user) Aust $133 | NZ A$155 | International A$230 PUBLISHED BY Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd ABN 38 003 750 150 1/7 Rosebery Place, Balmain NSW Australia 2041 goodreadingmagazine.com.au Tel: +61 2 8090 1051 Copyright ©2018 Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the publisher. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publishers. Liability howsoever arising as a result of the use of, or reliance upon, any advice, representation, statement, advertisement, opinion or conclusion expressed in Good Reading is expressly disclaimed by the publishers and participants in its preparation. PRINTED BY Enviro Press DISTRIBUTED BY Network Distribution Good Reading uses Macquarie Dictionary.