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An Interlude of Music and Words 

  • The Centre for Stories 100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge, WA, 6003 Australia (map)

An Interlude of Music and Words

Thursday 1 September 2016 at 6.30 pm

Ticket price: $20

Join Portland Jones, author of Seeing the Elephant, and Will Yeoman, Books Editor & West Weekend Staff Writer, for an evening of music and readings.  

Seeing the Elephant is ‘a story of two men from different cultures, backgrounds and attitudes whose love, care and spirit of simple decency and kindness rises above the rubble of destruction and decay’. Graham Edwards, Vietnam veteran

Portland will read a collection of excerpts from her book that touch on the tragedy that is at the heart of the Vietnam War, and, yet, serves to remind the listener that even amongst tragedy there is beauty and even love. Accompanied by William Yeoman's original and haunting music, the evening will take us into the world of the narrator Minh who reminds us that 'Love is love. Beyond that nothing matters.'

Seeing the Elephant was The Age's Book Pick of the Week. Cameron Woodhead writes: 'Portland Jones writes with effortless poise and lyricism that doesn't draw attention to itself.' Read the full review here.

Portland Jones lives in the Swan Valley outside Perth with her partner and three children, where she trains horses. Seeing the Elephant is her first novel and it was shortlisted for the T.A.G. Hungerford Award for an unpublished West Australian writer in 2014.

William Yeoman is keen classical musician and he is also a contributor to Gramophone (UK) and Limelight music magazines. He has been a chair at local, national and international writers’ festivals, given pre-concert talks for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and broadcasted on 6PR and ABC 720. He is director of the performance-based New Norcia Writers Festival, now in its second year.