Thursday, July 12, 2012
Since then this little self published book has sold around a thousand copies and my family still get requests for copies from people who either grew up in and around Fairlie, or whose friends and family did. In the last few years some of the poems included in the book - in the Banjo Patterson style - have appeared in other books on the district. Recently I've had a request for more information about Dad and his poetry from another local author who is writing a book about Mckenzie Country poets and wants to include Dad's work in it. Dad would have been very pleased indeed.
All this has made me think about how important it is to do the work - to write what matters to you, even if it seems too hard or too late, no matter if the audience seems local or small, and readership is built by word of mouth. No matter how much hope or despair you feel as you write - that's what I tell myself. Go Dad.