Posted by: Lisa Hill | June 20, 2016

Book giveaway: Autographs by Alex Skovron

AutographsReaders of his blog who’ve been with me for a while may remember my review of The Poet by Melbourne author Alex Skovron, a wonderful novella depicting the intimate struggles of a life in poetry.  Well, thanks to the generosity of Hybrid Press, I am now able to offer as a giveaway, a collection of Skovron’s poetry, entitled Autographs. 

This is the publisher’s blurb:

The 56 prose-poems that make up this collection explore provinces of the self – time and the allure of memory, the mosaics and masks of identity, fantasy’s realms, eros and the affections, the will to imagination, our shifting perspectives on ‘reality’.

We visit mythical lands and real cities – including Venice, Jerusalem, Katowice, and the Sydney of the author’s youth – lightly stepping across continents and delving into assorted time-frames. Skovron catches meanings lurking at the edges of (un)consciousness, exploring the actual and the surreal, faith and self-knowledge, destiny, relationship, personal histories and obsessions.

His reach, however, extends beyond past, present and future. Touching on contemporary issues (say terrorism, alienation, global conflict), he transcends them and transforms … sometimes evincing deep feeling, at other times apparent irony and detachment. Everyday scenes are transfigured with oblique qualifiers and sudden sleights of hand. Words fly off, now in fresh coinages, now mysteriously yoked together, but behind the illusions of randomness is a controlling and masterful sensibility.

Of especial interest to the author are the poetic dimensions and musical possibilities of prose. While the order of the pieces across the book’s three sections has been carefully plotted, they all stand as self-contained compositions linked, sometimes, by recurring motifs and echoes from one voice to another. Autographs is a book of many voices – and of the many signatures that underwrite our times.

An earlier version of Autographs was awarded the Wesley Michel Wright Prize for Poetry in 2005, and in the following year was shortlisted for the Alec Bolton Prize for an unpublished manuscript.

Alex Skovron is the author of four books of poetry, most recently The Man and the Map (2003), and a prose novella, The Poet (2005). He has won a number of major awards, including the Wesley Michel Wright Prize for Poetry (twice), the John Shaw Neilson Poetry Award (twice), the Australian Book Review Poetry Prize, and, for his first collection, the Anne Elder and Mary Gilmore awards. His novella was joint winner of the FAW Christina Stead Award for fiction. Born in Poland, Skovron lived briefly in Israel and came to Australia at age nine. He grew up in Sydney, moved to Melbourne, and works as a freelance editor.

Autographs is published by Hybrid Publishers.  ISBN: 9781876462604; Pages: 72.
It’s available from Fishpond: Autographs or direct from Hybrid Publishers.


Be in it to win it!  Anyone with an Australian postal address is eligible.  Please indicate your interest in the Comments box below and I’ll select a winner using a random generator round about the end of this month.

All entries from readers with an Australian postcode for delivery will be eligible but it is a condition of entry that if you are the winner, you must contact me with a postal address by the deadline that will be specified in the blog post that announces the winner.   (I’ll redraw if this deadline isn’t met).  I will pass on the postal address to Hybrid Press and they will post the book to the winner.

Good luck!

PS The winner of my last giveaway hasn’t contacted me with a delivery address by the deadline, so I have redrawn the giveaway for The West-Eastern Divan of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe translated by Robert Martin, and the new winner is Glenice Witting.


  1. I’d like to love to enter the draw, thanks!


  2. I game :)


  3. Thanks Lisa. I would love a chance to win this poetry collection.


  4. Oh yes please!


  5. Good luck Jenny and Karenlee!


  6. Please count me in


  7. How wonderful to win the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe book, Lisa. Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate. Your blog has become a big part of my writing life. All the best. Glenice


    • You’re welcome, Glenice. I hope you enjoy the poems!


  8. Me too, please


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