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Words Are Eagles: Selected Writings on the Nature & Language of Place
About the Book:
Words Are Eagles: Selected Writings on the Nature & Language of Place gathers Gregory Day’s beautiful and moving essays on the wonders of the natural world and the cultural complexities of writing landscape in Australia into one place.
Words Are Eagles sings with the heightened sense of place and natural world literacy that has long been key to Day’s work. Listening out always for the lost mythologies and languages of place, he tunes his attention to key motifs of ground and sky, ocean and owl, moth and river, while reading and celebrating the work of the resurgent global nature writing movement that has grown up since the publication of his first novel, The Patron Saint of Eels, in 2005.
Words Are Eagles entails the kind of nature writing that lies at the heart of what is now our urgent human need to fashion a more harmonious and regenerative relationship with the earth that sustains us.
About the Author:
Gregory Day is a novelist, poet and musician from the Eastern Otways region of southwest Victoria, Australia. He lives on Wadawurrung tabayl. Gregory has published five novels to date and has won many awards, including the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, the Elizabeth Jolley Prize, the Manly Artist Book Award and the Alfred Deakin Medal. In 2019 Gregory’s most recent novel A Sand Archive was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. In 2020 Gregory received the prestigious Patrick White Award for his ongoing body of work, and in 2021 he was awarded the Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize for The Watergaw, an essay contained in this volume.