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The Australian Popular Songbook by Alan Wearne - Wollongong launch
The Australian Popular Songbook

ISBN 978-1-920882-41-9

Alan Wearne's new collection is made up of three parts, 'The Australian Popular Songbook', a suite of poems inspired by popular songs from the 1880s through to the 1980s; 'The Metropolitan Poems', a group of stories in verse inspired by suburbs of great moment, like Hurstville, Ascot Vale and Chatswood; and the poetic monologue 'Breakfast with Darky', in which a Melbourne high-school teacher looks back twenty years to a time when he was both an up-and-coming Social Realist writer and a Communist Party activist. Ever the master of the Australian vernacular, Wearne proves himself here in the shorter forms of song and story.

The Famous Reporter No 37
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"Finding the music in Australiana" by Peter Pierce
The Canberra Times, April 19, 2008
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Alan Wearne's new work published by Giramondo Publishing was launched in Fremantle at the New Edition Bookshop by Victoria Laurie, in Melbourne at Readings, Carlton by Alicia Sometimes, in Wollongong at the Head Lands Poetry Reading by Bonny Cassidy and in Sydney at Gleebooks by Pam Brown.
Wollongong Launch at the Head Lands Poetry Reading
The Australian Popular Songbook by Alan Wearne - Wollongong launch The Australian Popular Songbook by Alan Wearne - Wollongong launch
The Australian Popular Songbook by Alan Wearne - Wollongong launch The Australian Popular Songbook by Alan Wearne - Wollongong launch
The Australian Popular Songbook by Alan Wearne - Wollongong launch The Australian Popular Songbook by Alan Wearne - Wollongong launch
The Australian Popular Songbook by Alan Wearne - Wollongong launch The Australian Popular Songbook by Alan Wearne - Wollongong launch The Australian Popular Songbook by Alan Wearne - Wollongong launch
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