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Recent Publications

Christmas gift – Home is the Hunter

November 14, 2016

Home is the Hunter makes a great Christmas present! “All I want for Christmas is a book with short stories and poems about the wonderful Hunter Valley, and some photos too!” Well, we have the perfect gift for you, then! You can now buy ‘Home is the Hunter’ in shops. $25 will get you a […]

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Our relationship to water is never ending. Here are stories, poems and memoirs about fishing, surfing, floods, rock stars, bath tubs, battles and the sea from outstanding Hunter Valley writers. Contributors include Scott Bevan, Paddy Lightfoot, Jan Dean, Gail Hennessy and Roland Bannister. Cover design by local illustrator Fiona Tsang. Layout and text design by Ben Pickles.   Watermark was launched at […]

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Recent Publications

March 12, 2013

Recent Publications by CatchFire Press Animal Encounters Wood Brick & Stone People of the Valley From the Earth to the Table Through the Valley Beneath the Valley Caught in the Light

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Through the Valley

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Through the Valley (2007) Experienced authors and new contributors highlight the unique and universal, from the female artists of colonial Newcastle to a Lake Macquarie childhood between world wars, from the modern cityscape and busy working harbour to ballooning and sky watching in the upper Hunter. ‘Through the Valley‘ explores this key Australian region with a multiplicity […]

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People of the Valley

People of the Valley March 12, 2013

From ballerinas to boxers, the famous to humble heroes, this book tells of many who have helped make the Hunter Valley a vibrant, stimulating community. Rich or poor, soldiers, sailors, teachers, clergy, convicts, doctors, nurses and the couple next door: all of these and many more are the People of the Valley. These stories and […]

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Animal Encounters

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From hippos to hump-backed whales, from chooks to crocodiles, from suburban backyards to far-flung places, animals, real and imaginary are everywhere. Here is a wondrous collection: dramatic, happy, sad and contemplative stories and poems to suit all tastes and moods. Animal Encounters is now selling in reputable newsagents and book shops. It can also be […]

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Wood Brick & Stone

Wood Brick and Stone March 20, 2010

Wood Brick & Stone – basic building materials that can be used in so many ways, from garden sheds to imposing public buildings, sagging fences or heroic historical statues. We read about iconic places like the Ocean Baths, James Fletcher Hospital, Customs House and the Bogey Hole and, reaching up into the valley, the Putty […]

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From the Earth to the Table

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‘From the Earth to the Table’ (2008) by Marion Halligan, Zeny Giles, Craig Manhood, Andrew Slattery and many more local Hunter Writers. From the Earth to the Table is a collection of poems, stories, recipes and articles about beautiful food grown and produced locally. Authors unearth memories of taste and smell, and share their favourite seasonal recipes and […]

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Beneath the Valley

Beneath the valley June 19, 2005

‘BENEATH THE VALLEY’ (2005) by Justice Michael Kirby, Jim Comerford, Zeny Giles, Jan Dean, Jack Delaney “Beneath the Valley is a people’s history in the most powerful and personal sense. We’re taken straight into the rich seam of people’s lives through their unforgettable voices. A humbling experience to read.” — Mark Mordue, author of […]

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Caught in the Light

Caught in the Light August 19, 2002

‘CAUGHT IN THE LIGHT: a celebration of Newcastle’ (2002) by ZENY GILES ISBN 0 9577330 5 4 Zeny Giles has won national short story competitions, published a novel, Between Two Worlds, and a short story collection, Miracle of the Waters, and had her play, Zorica, performed in schools throughout the Hunter Valley. These have all […]

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