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Christopher Orchard

The uncertainty of the poet

Margot Osborne, Roy Ananda, Julia Robinson

Christopher Orchard is the creator of the Bald Man, a stoic little character the artist has been drawing and redrawing for decades. Orchard's apparently effortless art is built on a commitment to rigorous studio practice, while as an educator, he has helped shape many careers. In Christopher Orchard: The uncertainty of the poet, we gain an insight into the influence of a man who is one of Australia's finest artists working today. ...

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Theatre of Life

Photographic portraits

Alex Frayne

Theatre of Life is a collection of portraits by Australian artist and photographer Alex Frayne. The images represent a diverse array of characters captured in both formal and street settings, with an emphasis on the latter. Frayne provides detailed contextual analyses for each work as he tests the limits of the popular medium of photography. ...
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Venetian Voices

Christine V. Courtney, Valerio de Scarpis

Let Christine V. Courtney take you on a stroll over bridges and under cloisters, following Venetian locals and visitors as they pass through centuries. These verses capture the spirit and soul of the City of Water - a city so full of poetry itself. Courtney's pen weaves together fine threads of past and present, fact and fiction, into a rich tapestry of images, a Carne Vale of characters: artists, muses and mariners alike.†Venetian Voices†is a book to cherish, and to inflame our love affair with Venice.

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Discovering Dobell

Christopher Heathcote, William Dobell

Discovering Dobell offers an intimate glimpse of William Dobell, the artist whose heart remained anchored in the daily life of everyday people, from the streets of Depression-raked London to Sydney's Kings Cross.

Christopher Heathcote demonstrates how Dobell developed ideas from sketches to paintings. In some instances the book identifies previously unknown relationships between drawings, gouaches and important oils. ...
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Casting Off Tradition

Setting sail with visionary boatbuilder David Binks

Trevor Gill, James Hardy

From their first attempts to sail or row beyond the horizon thousands of years ago, men have been building boats from timber.

David Binks's childhood dream was to float and sail, making his first craft from a single wooden plank. When he began his boatbuilding apprenticeship at 17, David learnt the age-old technique of working with plank and rib. But within a year, the possibilities of fibreglass gripped his imagination and changed the boating world. David was at the forefront of the international revolution of boatbuilding, and the coming of age for boatbuilding and racing in Australia.
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Ashton's Hotel

The journal of William Baker Ashton, first governor of the Adelaide Gaol

Rhondda Harris

South Australia was meant to be the perfect colony: free settlers, no crime, and no mental illness. But good intentions go awry. Within three years plans for a permanent gaol were well established, along with a governor to oversee it: William Baker Ashton. ...
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On a Clare Day

A vine change story

Burt Surmon

The green and lovely Clare Valley is one of Australia's finest wine regions. A fortnight's holiday among the vines convinces social planner Burt Surmon and his new wife Jeni to make a life-changing decision. They will quit the city grind to grow grapes, make wine, open a cellar door, art gallery and function centre ...

Forever optimistic, but largely ignorant of farming, Burt and Jeni begin a life of hard yakka. There are so many lessons to be learnt. Marketing, soil types, grape selection, occupational health and safety. And just how to wrangle those stray pigs and deer from the vines. ...
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Fifty

Half a century of Australian Dance Theatre

Maggie Tonkin

When Elizabeth Cameron Dalman founded Australian Dance Theatre in 1965, she set out to create a company that would be radical, daring and new. Fifty years later, ADT is not only Australia's oldest continuously running contemporary dance company, but also one of Australia's most recognised cultural exports. ...
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The Long Campaign

The Duguid Memorial Lectures, 1994Ė2014

Gus Worby, Tristan Kennedy, Simone Ulalka Tur

This collection celebrates the contribution to public intellectual life - in South Australia and beyond - of eleven respected Indigenous educators, community leaders and activists: the Duguid lecturers. ...
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City Streets

Progressive Adelaide 75 years on

Lance Campbell, Mick Bradley

In 1936, Hermann Baring captured the State and its capital in pictures. For all time. Inspired by his work, photographer Mick Bradley and writer Lance Campbell set out in Baring's footsteps. ...

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Wakefield Press Book Bag

Love books? Love your local publisher? Want to shout it out to the world?

Now you can, with the Wakefield Press book bag.

This locally made, 100% cotton shoulder bag is perfect for carting your overgrown collection of books around. Fill with your favourite Wakefield Press titles! (Oh okay, or books from other publishers ... or indeed apples. A leg of lamb.)

Designed by the always wonderful Liz Nicholson of DesignBite, every sale of these pimpin' bags helps Wakefield out a little.

And you get to look cool, too. Win-win!

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