Good Reading : September 2004
readers’ letters 6 goodreading Dear Editor Thank you.Thank you. Thank you.The gr list is a brilliant solution. No longer need my gr magazines be defaced with asterisks. No longer do they look like punk echidnas as I no longer need the different coloured sticky labels sprouting from them: red – books to bor row; green – books to buy; yellow – re-read the article. Now I just tick the appropriate box, note articles to re-read and carry the lists in my handbag. Great solution. Thanks Sue Filson via email Dear Editor Congratulations on your 3rd birthday! The birth of gr must have been one month before I arrived in Canberra to join my husband who had already taken up a position at the British High Commission. In the early days, when I was still trying to find my way around all the circular roads that bewilder newcomers to this fascinating capital, the one place I did know how to get to was the local super market and the newsagent’s next door! I remember the first time I spotted your magazine, tucked behind some dry- looking financial tomes, and read it from cover to cover as soon as I got home. This is the first magazine I have ever subscribed to! At previous posts in Japan, Thailand and Belgium either my language skills weren’t up to reading local publications or my children were so small that all I ever read was bedtime stories and nursery rhymes! I’ve been lucky enough to have been invited to join a reading group here and I often take gr along for us to get some inspiration for the next month’s book choice! Now that I have only one year left here, I am slightly worried as to how I will get my monthly fix! I can’t believe we don’t have anything like this back in UK! I love the relaxed, chatty but informative tone and, when I was first here and knew very few people, reading gr was like having a friendly chat with a next- door neighbour! When we pack up to leave, I know I should really be sensible and leave all my gr back copies to doctor and dentist waiting rooms. But I have a sneaking suspicion that they’ll get packed up and accompany me to our next posting. And they will be among my most precious souvenirs of Australia. Thank you from a grateful Pom! Rebecca Court Forrest, ACT via email write on Each month, Good Reading will give a prize of a Parker Inflection Blue Ball Pen for the best letter we receive. The cool, brilliant colour of the Inflection Blue Ball Pen is achieved through the application of multiple layers of translucent lacquer enhanced with a subtle satin varnish onto a stainless steel base. Complemented with 14K gold plated trim and 23K gold plated nib, it is valued at $105.00. So get inspired and write to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 9 Stephen Street, Balmain NSW 2041 or fax us on 02 9810 2488. (Letters may be edited for clarity or length.) Dear Editor The letters from readers divided on whether they liked their books in pristine condition or car rying some marks of their history reminded me of the time I found a bookmark which literally, for a moment, gave me goose-pimples. When my husband was a uni student in England, most of his books were second hand and they all came with us when we emigrated here in 1956. Many years later I noticed a tiny piece of newsprint sticking out from the pages of a very old copy of Paradise Lost. A carefully cut out quotation from Ster ne was on one side and on the other, part of what looks like a small ad but with the place, Hereford, and the date, April 18, 1797. John Jones, who conveniently left his name and the date 1789 on the flyleaf in the front, later passed the book to Mary Cotton who added her name below his in 1798, so presumably it’s his bookmark which has faithfully kept his place for the past 207 years. With best wishes Marjorie Biggins Cooks Hill, NSW contributors WINNING LETTER Regular Contributors Alison Aprhys Gordon Bain Gareth Beal Felicity Carter Ali Cocksedge Birgit Collins Robyn Cunningham Meredith Drake Kerry Foster Pamela Freeman Katy Gerner Silvana Giles Anastasia Gonis Maggie Hamilton Lachlan Jobbins Johanne Knowles Phillip Knowles Jody Lee Germaine Leece Ben Naparstek Alison Pressley Claire Scobie Roger Stitson Adam Tall Ruth Wajnryb Brooke Walker Wendy Waring Special Contributors This Month Alan Gold is the author of eleven novels. His most recent novel is The Mechanic. Anita Heiss is the author of Dhuuluu-Yala - To Talk Straight and is currently Writer in Residence at Macquarie University. Gabrielle Morrissey is the author of Urge. She also hosts a radio show called The Naked Truth which streams live on www.96fm.com.au, Monday – Thursday 9.00-11.00pm. Agnes Nieuwenhuizen is Manager of the Australian Centre for Youth Literature (ACYL), State Library of Victoria. She taught English and ESL for many years. The ACYL’s programs and events would fit under the Reader Development umbrella.