“Sod the wine, I want to suck on the writing. This man White is an instinctive writer, bloody rare to find one who actually pulls it off, as in still gets a meaning across with concision. Sharp arbitrage of speed and risk, closest thing I can think of to Cicero’s ‘motus continuum animi.’

Probably takes a drink or two to connect like that: he literally paints his senses on the page.”

DBC Pierre (Vernon God Little, Ludmila’s Broken English, Lights Out In Wonderland ... Winner: Booker prize; Whitbread prize; Bollinger Wodehouse Everyman prize; James Joyce Award from the Literary & Historical Society of University College Dublin)





07 December 2014


These are some of the things I noticed yesterday when I visited Drawing on Country, the current exhibition of the South Coast Regional Art Centre. It'll hang until January 11th  in the old Police Station at the Murray Port of Goolwa.

It was a fine opportunity to revisit the cells. The hour-long journey from McLaren Vale on the Gulf St Vincent across the range to the Coorong and the estuary on the other side of the Fleurieu Peninsula is always a fascinating geographical excursion. We are very lucky to live in this part of the world!

The artworks have been prepared by residents of the Murray Estuary, with displays from the communities of Goolwa, Clayton Bay, Milang and Raukkan. The last art event DRINKSTER had attended on that side of the range was a splendid luncheon on the Milang forshore to thank local volunteers who'd clocked up more than 60,000 hours of unpaid service replanting native vegetation around the estuary.

This Goolwa exhibition is part of an ongoing partnership between the Alexandrina Council and the South Australian Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board, with financial assistance from the Australia Council and Country Arts SA. 

I really liked a little painting full of joyous yellow, called Canola Fields. It was painted by Yvonne Rhodes. That's her Clayton lightshow at the bottom ...  apologies for my focus getting blurry so late in the evening ... tripod beyond me ... photos by Philip White

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