Mouth-watering book gets tongues wagging

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Thursday, 31 October 2002

Forked Tongues is a delicious new anthology of poetry and prose, giving readers a creative feast of new writing.

Printed by Wakefield Press, Forked Tongues brings together experienced and emerging writers around food themes, interspersed with creative recipes supplied by famed chef Cath Kerry, who runs South Australia's Art Gallery Café and caters for Adelaide Writers' Week.

From the first piece, the anthology takes the reader on a journey through poetry, prose and novel excerpts, through light-hearted, fun pieces, passionate explorations of relationships, to quiet reflections on life and wild tales of gluttony.

Each section, whether entree, hearty mains or after-dinner coffee, is introduced with one of Kerry's rich and unusual recipe scripts.

The contributors share one thing only: they are all involved in the University of Adelaide's Creative Writing courses. They include award-winning writers Corrie Hosking, Cath Kenneally, Steven Kelen, Rebekah Clarkson and Ken Bolton.

"These writers have prepared for the reader something to savour and to remember. The common link in these stories, poems and memoirs is food, in various of its guises. For some of the recipes in this banquet, you need a strong stomach, but in others you can savour the most delicate flavours."
Tom Shapcott

Available from Wakefield Press RRP $19.95, Forked Tongues is edited by Rebekah Clarkson, Kerrie Harrison, Gabrielle Hudson, Lisa Jedynak, Eva Sallis and Samantha Schulz.

About the editors

Rebekah Clarkson has a Bachelor of Arts in Aboriginal Studies and her career has encompassed indigenous affairs, dance education and freelance writing. She is completing a Masters in creative writing. She won the acclaimed 2002 HQ Short Story award.

Kerrie Harrison has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the Uni of SA, and Honours in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide. She runs a corporate copywriting and editing business, and contributes articles to several magazines. She is working on a novel and a selection of short stories.

Gabrielle Hudson has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Psychology, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies and is completing a Masters in Women's Studies at James Cook University and a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide. She has been writing for many years and won the Bundy Prize for English Verse in 2001. She has had poems published and a set on mothers and daughters included in a Women Writing in Theatre production.

Lisa Jedynak is a graduate of the University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium, having majored in piano performance. Her many passions include writing and reading books. She is writing a novel and is half way through a PhD in Creative Writing.

Eva Sallis published her first novel, Hiam, in 1998. It won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award for 1997, the Nita May Dobbie Literary Award in 1999. In 2002 she released her second novel, The City of Sea Lions. She has a third work of fiction, Mahjar, forthcoming in 2003 (Allen & Unwin). She is author of a book of literary criticism on the 1001 Nights.

Samantha Schulz has worked and studied in diverse fields, but returns time and again to writing. She taught creative writing as a volunteer in Kenya and is now undertaking a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide. She won the 2002 Colin Thiele Literature Scholarship.


Contact Details

Kerrie Harrison
Business: +61 8 8410 9790
Mobile: 0407 972 328

Rebekah Clarkson
Mobile: 0417 296 247

Angela Tolley
Wakefield Press
Business: 8 8362 8800