Sightings

Jennifer Lehmann & Lorena Carrington

$35.00

A man obsessed with a fox. A boy seated on an ants nest. A woman with tattooed forearms starting over, and over.

Set against the backdrop of Australian rural life, in streetscapes and under skies that seem strangely familiar, these compelling short stories lay bare the anxious triumphs and neglected tragedies unobtrusive people. Told with compassion and why humour, and a accompanied by the evocative, sibylline images of Lorena Carrington, Sightings is a meditation on hidden, impassioned lives that parallel and criss-cross our own.

“There is something for everyone in these powerful stories, and their matching, haunting pictures will keep you enthralled.’  Leonie Christopherson, AM

‘Exquisite illustrations highlight the beauty and pain in this collection.’ Dr Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario

Each of the ten short stories in this collection is accompanied by a full-colour plate featuring the original, photographic artwork of Lorena Carrington. The stories, loosely inspired by Jennifer Lehmann’s experiences as a social worker in rural Australia, include her award-winning titles Background to Silence,  The Harveys, Woman with a Mantis and Avoca to Annecy. With a Foreword by photographer and academic Dr James McArdle.

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Softcover, 136 pages
Includes 10 full-colour, full-page illustrations
Published by The Sophics, December 2018
978-0-9875099-1-8

About the author: Jennifer has been writing stories for over twenty years, inspired by the feats of gritty resolve and melancholies of isolation that she witnessed in her career as a rural social worker. A long-time resident of regional communities in Victoria and South Australia, as well as an academic, border collie enthusiast, one-time silversmith and prize-winning biscuit baker, Jennifer now pursues semi-retirement in the central Victorian township of Castlemaine. In developing this collection of stories, she wanted to return to the time when stories were illustrated, not just for children, but for adults too.

About the illustrator: Lorena is a photographer and artist, who grew up in the surrounds of her parents’ library and art studio. Her artwork is held in national and international collections, and she has appeared at conferences and major literary festivals to speak about visual storytelling, creating art in the Australian landscape and feminism in myth and fairy tales. Her illustrations are created from many individual photographs montaged together (up to a 100 in each image) to produce works that are rich with light and edged with darkness.  www.lorenacarrington.com