Things That Are Found in Trees & Other Stories

It is most refreshing that, in spite of all the doom and gloom that surrounds old-fashioned paper publishing, some people are still infected with the publishing bug and willing to go forth and establish new publishing houses. There is something old-fashioned and frankly charming about the folly, and I hope that anyone rash enough to do it is rewarded with loyalty and profits.
The latest to embark on this quixotic adventure is a small operation from Western Australia called Margaret River Press. On Saturday evening I went along to the Sydney launch of two new publications from them: a cookbook featuring recipes from famous chefs in the Margaret River region, and a small collection of short stories called Things That Are Found in Trees.

My interest in the collection stems from the fact that a dear friend of mine, the brilliantly talented Jane Skelton, has had a story published in it.

Walter Mason & author Jane Skelton

Jane is a talent to watch. In 2010 she won the LitLink Unpublished Manuscript award, and she has a collection of short stories due out in 2013.
In the meantime, get a copy of this wonderful little collection of Australian short stories and read her contribution 'The Stones'. Along with all of the other talented and diverse authors who share the book with her, of course.


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