If I could paint, this is what I would paint for you.
Lighthouses have become significant for me in so many new ways lately.
But they have always spoken to all of us.
And they speak in light.
Like music, it’s a language I love, but speak without fluency.
This is my attempt to speak with light.
An attempt to offer thanks.
My next offering is in the language of sound.
Not music, although music does play a part.
And there are some words.
I’m hugely excited to tell you that ABC Radio’s Poetica programme has made a companion piece to the book. It was produced with great delicacy by Anne McInerney and engineered by Angela Grant, and it highlights the poems that inspired me, poems that were written for me, and poems that found me along the road.
I’m indebted to Anne for making something so beautiful, and for giving me a chance to expand on one of the key themes of the book – the way that poetry shapes my days.
Please download and listen.
It’s free – and it’s absolutely for you.
Finally, I want to offer you some words written as an offering to a man who ran a bookshop in Barcelona.
A man whose family had run it for over 120 years.
A man of dignity and spirit.
This piece was an offering to him, and it is now for you, courtesy of Melbourne’s magnificent Wheeler Centre for ideas, books, words and all things good and great.
I’m lucky to be there, as I was for Debut Monday two short weeks ago.
Please have a read, and hold Señor Martinez in your thoughts for a moment.
Such losses are hard to bear.
And if you feel inclined to leave him a message on the Wheeler site, please do. I will be sending him the link so that he can read the piece, and know that over here in Australia, his kindness impacted.
Me to you.
I hope you find some sustenance.