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The Next Big Thing(s) – Vanessa Page & Nigel Ellis

2013 has some exciting releases about to drop, two of which, are the debut, full-length collections from Vanessa Page and Nigel Ellis.

Vanessa-Page

Vanessa released the micro-collection, Feeding Paper Tigers last year as part of Brisbane New Voices III and will follow this up with the launch of her collection, Confessional Box (Walleah Press) in February this year.

You can read all of Vanessa’s responses to The Next Big Thing interview on her blog, but here’s a preview to send you on your way…

What is the title of your book?

Confessional Box

What genre does your book fall under?

Poetry

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

I’d say poems about love, loss and hope in domestic and Queensland-based settings. But my friends Brett Dionysius and Graham Nunn say this a little more eloquently:

“Confessional Box maps the undulating landscapes of home, love and letting go. Page’s poems are sensuous, compassionate and filled with quiet wisdom; they are a celebration of the world’s infinite gifts.” – Graham Nunn

“Page’s poems are growth rings in the tree of human experience. Like the embodied moment, these are poems to run your hands over and remember how they felt. Page’s sensual poems are a fine addition to the contemporary Australian lyric.” — B. R. Dionysius

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Nigel has been an essential part of the Brisbane poetry community for many years, so this is a release I have been anticipating for sometime.

Nigel Ellis

Nigel also responded to The Next Big Thing interview and this is what he had to say:

What is the title of your book?

Hæmatograms

What genre does your book fall under?

Poetry

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

It’s a work of reportage – an exploration of the surging currents & deadly undertows of intimate relationships, peppered with attempts to understand, delineate, & in some ways even construct a self

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The very lovely very brave Dale Winslow of Neopoiesis Press suggested that i publish a collection, & encouraged me to overcome my big-match nerves.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

The book is a collection of around 45 poems from the last 5 or more years.  The tricky part was choosing works to include that would enable the creation of some kind of loose narrative thread, or threads.  It was roughly two years from initial discussions to finished product.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Recent years have brought all kinds of profound shifts, reversals, advances, & so on, in my personal circumstances.   The constant but largely subconscious process of constructing & maintaining interpersonal relationships & self-identity that we all perform as, in whatever ways, we narrate our own lives, has been thrown into sharp focus for me.  The primacy of languages, and how we may and do use them, inspires my every word-choice.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

The book is published by the US-based Neopoiesis Press; a young & vibrant independent publisher.  A few years ago, some poems of mine were included in the anthology that was their first-ever publication.  Although they’re very small, It’s great to be able to hook into their network and resources.

What other works would you compare this book to within your genre?

I’m letting this one through to the keeper.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Sheesh!
uUMmmm…  Harold Lloyd?  The entire cast of Fantastic Voyage?

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

As far as I can tell, my coinage of the word ‘hæmatogram’ (writing in/with blood) is, outside of obscure medical terminology, original & so far, unique.

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The Next Big Thing

Let me first extend a thank you to Ashley Capes, who tapped me on the shoulder to take part in this self-interview thread, started by Ivy Alvarez. I am not sure that my next project, ‘I, Land’ will be a ‘big thing’, but I am excited about it, so thought I would take a swing at the questions.

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What is the title of your book?

I, Land

What genre does your book fall under?

Poetry

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A long poem that explores the idea of escapism and ‘the island’s’ liminal zones.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I was going through a particularly uncertain period in my work life (people losing jobs, having to reapply for my own position), so to deal with this, I took myself to ‘the island’.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

I wrote the original 10 parts of the poem in just two weeks at the end of 2010. Since that time I have revisited the poem on many occasions and it is now a poem in 15 parts… many of the original parts have either been completely deleted or so significantly rewritten that they bare little resemblance to the original work. There are however, some parts that remain untouched.

So in short, it has been simmering for about 2 years.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Discomfort was the spark for this poem… For me, this is where most ideas come from. The idea that discomfort leads to new learning is at the heart of much of what I do in life.

My wife (unbeknownst to her) was also my spiritual companion on ‘the island’.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I know it’s not what the question asks, but I have a serious quibble with the term, ‘self-published’ as no-one ever truly ‘self-publishes’, by which I mean, does absoluteluy everything themselves… there are always other people involved which is why I prefer the term, ‘independently published’. I, Land will be published by Another Lost Shark Publications (an independent publisher).

What other works would you compare this book to within your genre?

Somewhere in these words, there are echoes of Adamson, Oliver, Kerouac and Issa. These are the poets I was reading during the time of writing this poem.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

One thing I know, it wouldn’t be Tom Hanks!

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

A performance of the work will be developed in collaboration with some exciting Brisbane artists. I will be sure to announce more details when they are finalised.

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It’s now my job to tap five other poets on the shoulder, so keep your eyes on this site for their responses!

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