Posted by: Lisa Hill | August 1, 2016

Book giveaway winner: Letterature: Verse letters from Australian women, by Timoshenko Aslanides

LetteratureTime to draw another giveaway,  thanks to the generosity of Melbourne Indie Publisher Hybrid.  This one is Letterature: Verse letters from Australian women, by Australian poet Timoshenko Aslanides.

Just to repeat myself:

The collection comes highly recommended by no less a critic than Professor Peter Pierce, who says in The Canberra Times that Aslanides is ‘one of the most original poetic voices in Australia.’

This claim for originality is not mere puffery.  As the poet says himself,

Apart from this present compilation … there appear to be no collections of verse-letters written by men in the personas of women since Ovid’s Heroides. I found this quite surprising, because to my accomplished literary taste, such a verse-letter has a number of quite useful qualities, all of which I’ve drawn upon for the letters and diary-entries and reports that I’ve retrospectively placed in the hands of some exceptional Australian women.

The publisher’s blurb tells us that:

Timoshenko Aslanides’ first book of poems, The Greek Connection, won him the British Commonwealth Poetry Prize for 1978 for the best first book of poems in English, published the previous year in the British Commonwealth of Nations.

In his numerous subsequent books of poetry he has sought to describe and affirm what it is to be an Australian and to celebrate the natural and built environment of the country, and the history and imaginative genius of the people.

A proudly Australian-born and Australian-focussed full-time professional poet, Timoshenko Aslanides has noted that this is, very probably, his last book of poetry. We, and his readers Australian-wide, sincerely hope that it is not. It is, in any case, an original creation in Australian literary culture and a  fascinating contribution to it.

Aslanides has been a full time professional poet since 1985, and Letterature is his 16th publication.   It’s available from Hybrid Publishers, ISBN: 9781925000627 Pages 80. RRP: $19.95

You can buy a copy from Fishpond: Letterature: Verse Letters from Australian Women or direct from Hybrid Publishers.

Amazingly there were only four entries for the giveaway:

  • Jenny S
  • Glenice Whitting
  • Caitlin
  • Mairi

And the winner is *drumroll* No 2, Glenice (which is even more amazing because she won the last giveaway too!)

So Glenice, I thinkHybrid Publishers will still have your address from last time, and they will post the book on to you.

Fear not if you didn’t win because I have one more book from Hybrid to give away over this coming month.  So make sure you are subscribed to this blog so that you don’t miss out on knowing about it.



  1. I’m absolutely delighted, Lisa and can’t wait for my book to arrive. Many thanks. I’m fascinated by epistolary writing and the timing is perfect for me.


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