White Crane Press
White Crane is an independent small press established in Melbourne in 1999. Our focus is high quality writing in various genres, and excellence in our publications.
We actively promote and market our books to place them in the hands of readers who will enjoy them. White Crane titles have been praised by the media and shortlisted for a number of Premier’s awards.
See below to learn more about our 2018 releases, Kerry Conway's Eternal Force and Paul Kane's A Passing Bell: Ghazals for Tina.
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New Titles for 2018
Kerry Conway, Eternal Force
In her stories in Eternal Force, Kerry Conway explores the varied and powerful relationships that people forge with others, especially the abiding or fractured commitments that grow out of love and desire. These stories probe the value of loving, the opportunities it offers and the reasons why it matters so deeply to us. The settings are various, ranging from rural Victoria—the Mallee, the Goldfields, the Western District—to Melbourne and beyond, including India and Taiwan. In prose that is spare and elegant, but also at times beautifully lyrical and moving, Conway writes of a world we find both intimate in its interiority and fraught with the perils of emotional distance.
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216 pages, paperback
Paul Kane, A Passing Bell: Ghazals for Tina
This collection of Paul Kane’s poetry, written after the death of Tina, his wife of thirty-six years, takes the reader through the deep process of grieving, in all its ebb and flow of emotion, its harrowing sorrow and sense of despair, to further stages of acceptance and self-recovery. Kane’s poems (written as Persian ghazals) illuminate the pathways of this lonely pilgrimage and will resonate with anyone who has ever mourned the loss of a loved one.
Available from Novella Distribution or local and online bookstores
80 pages, paperback
A Brief History
White Crane Press was established as an independent small press in Melbourne in 1999. It focuses on high quality writing, in various genres, including literary fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction.
The Press is also dedicated to excellence in its publications, working with renowned book designers from Melbourne and New York and preeminent printing firms in Australia. Our prize-winning designers include Ellie Exarchos, Sophie Gaur, Rita Lascaro, and Michael Guz, with photography by Jeff Busby. Our books are distributed by Dennis Jones.
The Press’s first publication was a collection of short stories by Kerry Conway, Do You Take This Man? The book was launched by Helen Garner at the Boorondara Writer’s Festival in Hawthorn and had national distribution through Dennis Jones P/L, selling 3200 copies, with reviews in newspapers and literary magazines, as well as interviews on Radio National and 3 AW.
Sally Irwin’s Between Heaven and Earth, a biography of the mountaineer Freda du Faur, was published in 2000. It was distributed in New Zealand and Australia and sold over 3000 copies.
In 2002, White Crane published Jordie Albiston’s celebrated collection of poems, The Fall, which was shortlisted for the NSW, Victoria and Queensland Premier’s Prizes. At the same time, the Press also brought out Kerry Conway’s novel, The Still Beach.
The Show’s Not Over, a social history of 113 years of agricultural shows at Hopetoun, in the Mallee region of Victoria, was published in 2006. The book was launched by the poet Les Murray and featured on the national radio program Macca All Over, ABC 774.
Hopetoun: 170 Places of Interest 1846-2016, a concise history of the town, was published in 2016 as a fundraiser for the Hopetoun and District Historical Society (garnering $2500 for the non-profit organization).
In 2018, the Press returned to literary works, bringing out two new books: Kerry Conway’s collection of stories, Eternal Force, and Paul Kane’s tribute to his wife, A Passing Bell. Both books were launched together at historic Fortuna Villa in Bendigo on July 7, 2018. Helen Garner presented Eternal Force and Chris Wallace-Crabbe A Passing Bell.
For a review of Kerry Conway's Eternal Force by Kerryn Goldsworthy in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, see this link
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White Crane Press titles may be purchased directly from the publisher; or from your local bookshop (through our distributor, Novella Distribution).
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