Poet Annamaria Weldon and The West Australian Books editor Will Yeoman will share the stage for an in-conversation about Weldon's book The Lake's Apprentice and a poetry reading set to Yeoman's gentle guitar playing.
The Lake's Apprentice is an intimate portrait of Yalgorup National Forest, south of Mandurah, that includes Ramsar-listed wetlands. Both a landscape memoir and poet's journal of poems, nature notes, essays and photos, it explores the author's deep connection with Yalgorup and Lake Clifton, arguably best known for its thrombolites. Reading this book inspired me to visit the area that has captured Weldon's heart and soul, and I have to say, reading poetry on location is a truly special experience.
The Lake's Apprentice contains a number of award-winning pieces including essay 'Threshold Country' (inaugural Nature Conservancy Australia essay prize 2010), poem 'The Memory of Earth' (Tom Collins Poetry Prize 2010) which is about the Pinjarra massacre, and poem 'After Devotion', shortlisted for the Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2012 and published in the Australian Book Review.
If you love literary events, poetry, or you want to know more about Yalgorup National Forest, make sure you add this very special Stories on Stage event to your to-do list.
Stories on Stage has really taken off at the centre this year, with Amanda Curtin, Ian Reid and Stephen Scourfield attracting people from as far as Joondalup to the southern suburbs event. What sets it apart from other author events is the theatre setting, complete with theatre lighting and comfortable raked seating.
Authors lined up for the rest of the 2014 Stories on Stage program include Annabel Smith and Kirsten Krauth, and historical fiction author Michelle Diener.
Stories on Stage starts at 7pm in the centre's main theatre and costs $15, which includes supper (the home-baked treats are a big drawcard).
Books will be available to buy on the night and one copy of Weldon's book will be given as a door prize.