Shortlist year: 2010

Shortlist category: Non-fiction

Published by: University of Queensland Press

'A truly beautiful book, exquisite as the country it depicts' PATRICE NEWELL, author of Ten Thousand Acres

An inspired meditation on the contours of the land and its people, of time and place and family, the rhythms of nature and the rhythms of friendship, it is a book of many belongings. Here you will meet the plateau's first people; you will meet Les and Henryk and Jim; you will walk the Kedumba and the Kanimbla in drought and fire and flood.

Evocative and deeply moving, The Blue Plateau is a poet's story of an astonishing place and a loving portrait of home.

About the author

Mark Tredinnick

Mark Tredinnick wrote the best-selling writing guides The Little Red Writing Book (2006) and The Little Green Grammar Book (2008). His other books include A Place on Earth (2003) and The Land’s Wild Music (2005). His awards include the Newcastle Poetry Prize, the Blake Poetry Prize and the Calibre Essay Prize.

His work has appeared in Australian Book Review, Best Australian Essays, Island, Southerly, The Australian, The Bulletin, The Sydney Morning Herald, and other newspapers, journals and anthologies in Australia, the UK and the US.