13 August 2007

Flood News

Dear Friends:

I am writing with summer news from Flood Editions:

ROBERT ADAMSON's The Goldfinches of Baghdad has won The Age Poetry Prize, awarded by Australia's leading newspaper. It has also been short-listed for The Queensland's Premier's Poetry Award, The Victorian Premier's Poetry Prize, and The Age Book of the Year.

TOM PICKARD's Ballad of Jamie Allan is forthcoming in October. Reliable sources describe the book as follows: Tom Pickard's Ballad of Jamie Allan recounts the true adventures of an eighteenth-century gypsy musician who lived on the English-Scottish Borders and died in Durham jail, serving a life sentence for stealing a horse. Though once patronized by dukes and earls, Allan lost their support as his wayward behavior began to exceed their own. Drawing on newspaper accounts and court depositions, Pickard brings the ballad tradition of stark reportage to life with his own genius for the form. Through the words of his cohorts and contemporaries, Allan emerges as a spirit of the Borders, that wild and historically lawless region where rivers and fells set the stage for his captures and escapes.

Pickard will be reading from Ballad of Jamie Allan across the U.S.A. in September of 2008.

LISA JARNOT's Black Dog Songs is now in its third printing. Her new book of poetry will be out at the end of the year.

FOR MORE INFORMATION and updates, check our web site (which will be redesigned and expanded soon): http://www.floodeditions.com/

Best Wishes,
Devin Johnston

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