Anne spent her childhood on a farm between Camperdown and Derrinallum in Victoria’s Western District. Ironically after years of travel and varied work, she now lives only 40 kms from what was her childhood home.
She and her husband, Steve Lamb run Macqueens Funerals from Camperdown and Terang. They live above their funeral business in a rambling old art deco home which has, most importantly, a room in which to write. The yard rambles too, around dogs and chooks, ancient garden beds and fruit trees, and a couple of strategically placed tables.
Anne’s writing room looks out over the Princes Highway through the avenue of trees to the children’s playground. Beyond the playground is a riding centre, an old church, a nursing home and on top of the hill, the cemetery where her great grandparents are buried. There are many reasons this room is a wonderful place in which to write; the view is one of them.
With wit and passion, skill and fellow feeling, the fragmentations of the past are made whole through a re-imaging as poetry. In between the dancing is the premier of a new poet, a first book that is as premier as it is memorable.
– Paul Kane –
Gleeson’s natural-voice poetry works into the corners of experience, both personal and imagined – a humane and contemplative first collection.
– Aileen Kelly –
E. A. Gleeson has that rare talent of lifting a moment of intimacy into the realm of universal truth, of capturing instances of recollection and infusing them with emotion and thoughtful language where every word gleams.
– IP –