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Under the One Granite Roof is the latest book by Tasmanian Writers' Centre member, KAREN KNIGHT.

KAREN KNIGHT was born in Hobart and started writing poetry at an early age. She had her first published poem in Poetry Australia at the age of 19. Since then her work has consistently appeared in literary journals, newspapers and anthologies throughout Australia and overseas. She has received two writer's development grants from Arts Tasmania. Her collections include Singing in the Grain (Walleah Press, 2001) and My Mother Has Become (Picaro Press, 2003).

Karen has had an interesting life and she has been able to draw inspiration from many of her personal experiences. She has had various jobs throughout Australia, including working in hospitals, nursing homes, doctors surgeries, owned a pet shop, been a legal secretary, worked for a newspaper and the magazine 40 o South. She is currently with Australian Red Cross.

Her new collection Under the One Granite Roof - poems for Walt Whitman, take the reader on a journey throughout Whitman's rich life, starting with the onset of the American Civil War and how it affected the great poet to see his beloved country suffering. His search for brother, George, wounded at Fredericksburg and the horrors Whitman encountered that urged him to stay and work in the Washington hospitals as a wound dresser and morale booster to the sick and dying soldiers during and after the war. Other poems introduce Whitman's loyal housekeeper, war photographer, Matthew Brady, Dr. Bliss, Chief Surgeon at Armory Square Hospital, war heroes and their famous horses and a brief meeting with Oscar Wilde.

Under the One Granite Roof was released by Pardalote Press in July.




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