Friday, May 2, 2014

Books and blogs

It's been a long-time between drinks for me and my blog. I haven't been so well of late, but things are looking up and I wanted to let people know about a few things on the horizon:

Firstly, on May 29 at the Northcote Library I will be having a chat with Stella Prize-winning author Clare Wright about her book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka. Also women, writing, politics, creativity... ie. we'll just be having a good ol' gab-fest and we'd love you to join us.

Secondly, you should all read this lovely interview with Clare Bowditch over at Gab Williams' book book blog blog (along with all her other wonderful posts) - where she mentions that she'd "marry 'The Divided Heart' by Rachel Power". Well, shucks, if only she'd asked, I reckon The Divided Heart would've said quite liked to marry Ms Bowditch too!

And thirdly... I feel very sad - and more than a little distressed - that The Divided Heart is no longer in print and no-one can get their hands on a copy. I still get lots of lovely messages from readers, but also from prospective readers seeking a copy and I hate that I can't supply them with one.

So I'm in the beginning stages of seeking some new interviews with the plan of creating an updated edition. I don't know whether I will need to self-publish or if I'll find a willing publisher, but I am determined to find a way to get TDH out there again. Watch this space... 

9 comments:

sister outlaws said...

Lovely to hear from you and glad you are feeling better - Hopefully will be able to attend the Northcote Library and here your chat with Clare Wright. A new edition of TDH is due I reckon!

katiecrackernuts said...

Awww, my copy went out into the world on loansies and it never came back. I can't remember where it was last but I figure it was in the hands of people who needed to read it. The new one needs a Pozible campaign so you can get it self published.

Rachel Power said...

I don't think you're alone there, Katie. Seems to be one of those books that gets loaned - and hence, lost - a lot, which is lovely in its way.

rebecca robinson said...

hi there, I remember asking for TDH number 2 when I asked u to sign a couple of copies at the last BHB conf. I have given TDH many many times as gifts...you asked if I had any suggestions of who to interview...I did ask my feminist discussion group, as u do, but never collated a response! I think it would be wonderful to do another book, it has given me so much solace, Rebecca ;o)

Rachel Power said...

Thank you Rebecca - it's so lovely to hear that! I have been giving the "who" a lot of thought. There are so many incredible artists out there, but it can be very difficult to know who will want to share their experiences candidly. I reckon I got really lucky the first time around! x

Carolyn said...

Rachel - I'm so excited that you are working on a new edition of TDH. Love, respect and heaps of support coming your way from me. Carolyn xox

Rachel Power said...

Thanks Carolyn. Any advice/input welcome! xo

jasmine said...

Hi Rachel.. I think so often on the topics bought up in your book, which I am yet to read as it was only just suggested to me by a friend.. I am always trying to find practical ways to "divide the heart" and make life work for me. I am pregnant with my fifth child and have so far managed, albeit, with much hard work and chaos in between, to keep painting.. in fact I only began painting when I was pregnant with my first.. I speak to other women constantly on the subject.. so many raw nerves.. I am glad I found you and would love to be involved in your next project..
find me at www.jasminemansbridge.com
and sorry you have been unwell, so glad you can admit it!
Jasmine x

Rachel Power said...

Wow, Jasmine. I am so impressed that you started painting relatively recently and you are so accomplished and so prolific! You haven't just 'kept painting', you've been painting up a storm as far as I can tell. Thank you for getting in touch. It's great to be introduced to you and your work. I like the way you say you're seeking practical ways to 'divide the heart' rather than battling with a divided heart. That's a nice angle to take on things, I think. x