January 10 , 2011


A Novel in Verse


Solstice is a novel in verse set over the twenty-four hours of the longest day of the year, in Adelaide, South Australia. It is a story of love and exploration told in sonnet form, one verse for each few minutes of the day. 

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Solstice was inspired by Vikram Seth's The Golden Gate and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. It was shortlisted for the 1993 Australian/Vogel Award, published by Allen & Unwin in 1994 and performed by the State Theatre Company of South Australia and Magpie Theatre as a major production of the 1996 Adelaide Festival.

This electronic edition is a new author's cut that takes full advantage of recent technical developments in the field of poetry.

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