Small City Tales
of Strangeness and Beauty
Gillian Britton and Stephen Lawrence
to its editors, Gillian Britton and Stephen Lawrence,
Small City Tales of Strangeness and Beauty tells the stories of the displaced, the transplanted, the entrenched and the ambivalent; it tells the tale of this place, (Adelaide), in all its strangeness and its beauty.
Out of hundreds of submissions from around Australia, 32 new and established authors, poets and photographers were selected by the editors. Their work offered the freshest, most striking and readable stories, poems and images that best portrayed Adelaide.
These stories help define the city’s distinctive qualities and provide an up-to-date showcase of the city’s beautiful and charming locations, while also delving into its darker more sinister underbelly.
Small City Tales offers stories, poems and images that begin in the heart of Adelaide; Rundle Mall, the Central Market, Hindley Street, Rymill Park, North Terrace and the Festival Centre. The tales then move to the suburbs, hills and wine centres, as well as Adelaide’s various scenic beaches. They roam from Port Road to Rangoon Road and Oliphant Avenue.
One wonders what Sir Mark would have thought about it or Don Dunstan for that matter. There are the serious as well as the funny tales.
Taking the Cake by Steve Evans provides an excellent example as does Crush!, the tale of Italians and Germans joining in grape crushing, vividly portrayed by Brunette Lenkic. The book also takes the reader into the city’s past, reflects on its contemporary faces and even projects us into a chilling future.
Small City Tales
edited by Gillian Britton and Stephen Lawrence
is available at $24.95 from Wakefield Press
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