Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published March 17th 2013
A Burning Question
Fire is an untamed beast. It's easy to forget this as we see it tamely heating water for tea on the stove and grilling pork chops on the BBQ.
In Australia we all live with the risk of fire ravaging and killing us, our friends and loved ones and our property. The atavistic fear of fire has to be rationalised and dealt with and one way of handling this is to talk about it to each other. Retelling our fears, experiences and stories is helpful, enlivening and often moving.
Fire - a collection of stories, poems and visual images is a book edited by Delys Bird and published by Margaret River Press, a small family press established in 2011 and publishing literary novels and anthologies from emerging and established writers and poets.
The book is, as stated, a collection of highly personal views of fire and the destruction that fire brings through photographs, verse and prose.
The selection is diverse and well-chosen. The stories well-chosen and penetrating. Many books focus on the undoubted bravery and courage of the firefighters, this book focuses on the loss and devastation that follows in its wake.
This is a book every Australian should read, town or country. Copies may be obtained for $28 each and may be ordered on the Margaret River Press website.