Returned to Perth to find two delightful cards waiting for me: a touch of Raoul Dufy, a touch of Saul Steinberg, a touch of early Warhol perhaps…
… these charming ink and watercolour cartoons by the multitalented Dr Edward Reilly (the second one a paean to the angels of literature), and inside…
I must admit to being just a little chuffed!
With thanks to Coordinator ‘Ted’, the ADL2016 Committee, and the judges, who described ‘Farewell’ as ‘a haunting, heartbreaking story’, and ‘Speaking in Tongues’ as a poem with ‘an unmistakable voice and beautiful use of language’.
These two pieces are extracted from the novel I am currently writing and are unashamedly based on my mother’s early memories and experiences of the war.
These are the two pieces I read to my mother just before she died. We both cried.
Vale Elza! You gave me your life. I felt the burden of it. And now I thank you with my tears and my writing.