Ten Poems Of Tamborine Mountain

‘The Air Is Pure, Mornings Are Heavenly …’

Contributors to the volume, the Calanthe Press team that produced it, and entertainers and speakers at the launch, including singer Susannah Lathlean, who sang Judith Wright’s ‘Two Hundred Miles’ which Susannah has set to music, and members of four-part harmony group Bella A’Capella, who sang ‘Ode to Country’

These are words from ‘Green Dance’, a poem by Jena Woodhouse, in a very special book was launched last month on Tamborine Mountain. ‘Ten Poems of Tamborine Mountain’ brings together contributions written over ninety years, all of them celebrating the Mountain’s beauty and the experiences of its inhabitants and visitors.
The Mountain’s Calanthe Press was delighted to have at the launch all five of the living poets who contributed their work, as well as Wangerriburra Elder Aunty Ruby Sims, whose ‘Ode to Country’ is in the book, and Helen Wyatt, the grand-daughter of poet Mabel Forrest who died in1935.
As part of his warm Welcome to Country, Wangerriburra Elder Steve Watson shared some reminiscences of a camping trip on Stradbroke Island, at the invitation of Indigenous poet and family connection Oodgeroo (formerly known as Kath Walker). Mayor Tom Sharp, who launched the volume, spoke eloquently of his early experiences learning poetry, and how they had stuck with him.
This volume is inexpensive, at $14.95 RRP, and comes with an envelope and bookmark. It’s a charming local gift to give to visitors, or to post to family and friends who love the area.
It can be purchased from Under the Greenwood Tree Bookshop on Tamborine Mountain, and online at www.calanthepress.com.au. (Photo Credit: David Peetz)
By Janis Bailey (Calanthe Press)

The Calanthe Press, entertainers, speakers, and invited guests celebrate the launch of very special book the ‘Ten Poems of Tamborine Mountain’