My Blood's Country

My Blood's Country

My Blood's Country

My Blood's Country

Synopsis

An intensely personal exploration and celebration of the life and work of one of Australia's premier poets, Judith Wright, through the landscape and country she loved so much
Fiona Capp, novelist and author of the acclaimed memoir That Oceanic Feeling, was 17 years old when she first met Judith Wright. Everything that followed from this encounter led her, 30 years later, on a journey through the landscapes that made Wright one of Australia's greatest poets and environmental visionaries. Capp follows in Wright's footsteps through the high tableland of New England, the rainforests of Queensland, and the austere bushland outside Canberra, uncovering the land out of which the poetry sprang. Her travels also take the reader through the life of the poet-the early tragedy that shaped her childhood, her complex relationship with her family, and the two great loves of her life-while exploring the well-springs of Wright's art and activism.

Excerpt

Sometimes in life you get lucky. Someone of rare vision and remarkable gifts crosses your path and, in ways that may be apparent only to yourself, they touch your life and change its course. I was seventeen when I first met Judith Wright. Everything that followed from this encounter led me, thirty years later, to the places she loved and dwelt in; the landscapes that made her the singular poet and environmental visionary she became. It was a journey I had been waiting to take ever since I first discovered her poetry as a teenager; a journey not only to actual places but into a psychological and imaginative terrain as real as anything recorded on a map.

As I travelled from New England (in northern New South Wales), where Judith grew up, to Queensland where she lived with her husband, Jack McKinney, and daughter Meredith, and then to her property near Mongarlowe 100 kilometres east of Canberra, where she spent her final decades with her lover, Nugget Coombs, what had once been abstract to me took on solid form. We are all shaped by the places in which we live, as much as our relationships. the . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.