NEW RELEASE: 'Things that are found in trees & other stories' [05.06.2012]
This collection of new writing is a result of a partnership between Margaret River Press and Arts Margaret River **and has emerged from the inaugural 2011 Margaret River Short Story Competition. Eleven stories were selected from the 191 entries, accomplished writers and emerging writers from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia provide “insightful, sensitive stories, wide-ranging in their interests and, I believe, deeply rewarding. In all of them, there is ‘something new’ for us to discover. “ Richard Rossiter, Editor
The winning entry in the Open Category from Beverley Lello, Things That Are Found in Trees, is a first person narrative that draws the reader in from the opening sentence: “I opened the newspaper today and saw a photograph of a dead elephant calf marooned in a tree by floods in Sri Lanka.” This is the first ‘thing’ found in a tree within the story. The focus then shifts to the past and memories of an event that occurred when the narrator was seventeen. Central to the story is an event all too familiar in the lives of young men in rural Australia. But this is not a maudlin story. The writing is restrained, respectful and, wears its symbolism lightly.