King River Press

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King River Press is named after the King River, a major river located in the remote West Coast region of Tasmania.  Given this region’s amazing beauty, it’s a popular tourist destination for nature and adventure travellers.  The area is known for its rugged wilderness, whitewater, fishing and sadly its degradation from the felling of Huon Pine and pollution from its history of gold and copper mining.  In 2016 University of Tasmania PHD students undertook research of the current condition and possible methods of rehabilitation of, what the Tasmanian government formerly referred to as, one of the most polluted rivers in Australia.

I started King River Press in the beginning of 2018.  The idea had been with me for some time but with so many other projects on the go and the hectic pace of living in Sydney I didn’t have much time to focus on it until an extended visit to China between February and May, where I had time to sit with it for a while and then finally act upon it.  The collection was finally published in May 2018.

So, King River Press has began it’s journey with the publishing of an extended version of down days (first published in 2017 through Amazon Kindle).  The King River Press 2018 edition of down days has all of the features of a good quality small press poetry collection.  It also includes black and white images I captured whilst living in Sydney, which add some context and contrast to the poems.  More about down days below:

down days

cover for down days

ISBN: 978-0-6483088-0-5     Pages: 50      Size: 21 x 14.5cm x .5cm     Cover: Soft

This is my second collection of haiku.  I hadn’t stopped writing over the years since my first collection was published in 2006; I just took a break from chasing publishing opportunities and also worked many “real jobs”.  The moments in down days capture some of my experiences during my publishing break when living in Sydney for 6 years with my two children.

Over the years I have tried to tone down my reactions to the world around me, but I still find that’s hard for me. So, once again I’ve given into myself a little bit and down days is not dissimilar to the tone I took with Watching Pilgrims Watching Me (published by Pardalote Press in 2006 – which I am extending and republishing this year – 2020).

down days is written in what I consider to be my “instinctive, raw and honest; sometimes playful, often poignant” voice.  The experiences within the cover explore politics, media, identity, relationships and nature.

If you’d like to purchase a copy ($9.99 AUD includes regular postage from S.E Asia) please contact me (jodie.hawthorne@gmail.com) for details.

Some snippets from down days are shared below:

Coke crates for chairs 
and all the shades of green ~
sadly a world away


crane sydney


mesmerised little ones at Adventure World     mum's 3rd coffee



Ancestry results
bickering about what it means 
to be Irish



unbeknownst 
many carry it ~
the convict stain



how very kind of them
drinkwise.org.au


warning sign sydney


staking out the block
for non-existent threats
~ the Marxist ego



hiding behind titles
moving in sync with 
The Carillon 



this love song
repeating our favourite lies

house with pawpaw sydney


if it wasn't for the summer rain
I'd love you more



vacated fun park
me, a superstar
and his vices



not yet dead
the rose-tinted dreams
of drunken youth