COD's first title ?± OI: poewemz bii tom see ?± was launched in September 2004 in Sydney and at Collected Works Bookshop in Melbourne. “OI” was the perfect book with which to launch a poetry imprint: evocative, evasive, and easy on the eye.

Now comes “Covers” by Nick Whittock, a seventy page collection of poems about cricketers and the strange worlds they inhabit. Brett Lee, Michael Slater, Justin Langer, Damien Martyn ?± they're all here, often in strange and unrecognisable situations.

Whittock, whose poems have been published consistently in Cordite Poetry Review over the last three years, hails from Kameruka on the NSW south coast and has cricket in his veins.

To this end, “Covers” will be launched on SATURDAY 15TH JANUARY 2005 at 7.30PM at the Candelo Town Hall Cafe (William Street, telephone 02 6493 2167). For those who are interested in these things, Candelo is 451 km south of Sydney via the Princes Highway and 22 km southwest of Bega.

In fact, according to this lovely website “Candelo is also a tiny but charming village that has been designated an urban conservation area. Its old, attractive, timber buildings with their shady verandahs invite a leisurely stroll through the town's tranquil atmosphere and turn-of-the-century charm.” Wow!

Come along to hear Nick read his poems and grab a copy of this strictly limited edition collection. Once you're padded up “Covers” will cost you a measly $20. Free wine and nibblies will be provided on the night.

“Covers” is also available from the COD website and quality book retailers such as Collected Works, 1st Floor, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne.


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