Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 - White Wave Press

Adelaide-based Irish poet Jennifer Liston's third book, Lead Skeletons, is now available for purchase and review.

Lead Skeletons was launched by eminent South Australian poet Jude Aquilina. The book was also launched in Ireland by poet and Over The Edge literary events founder Kevin Higgins in Galway.

"These finely crafted poems by Jennifer Liston have a certain luminescence and timelessness about them," says Jude Aquilina. "Some poems relate to a childhood spent in Ireland, while others reflect on contemporary Australian culture."

"Real life constantly comes into Jennifer Liston's poems in a very strong way," says Kevin Higgins, Galway poet and Over The Edge literary events founder. "Yet her poems are also experimental...she is part of a generation of Irish poets who are pushing the boundaries..."

According to Aquilina, Liston is equally at ease capturing the simplicity of nature and the intricacies of human relationships, as she is with themes philosophical or scientific. "There is a quirky playfulness in Lead Skeletons. Liston's poems are sensual and evocative and make the reader stop and imagine," says Aquilina. "Who said humour can't cross cultures? It does in this book. Here is a poet who knows her muse like a friend and isn't afraid to have a chat and a pint with them. Listen to the effervescence."

Only 150 imprints of Lead Skeletons have been created. Each one is numbered individually. Each yellow-linen, hard-cover volume is printed on 125 gsm paper and exquisitely hand-bound by Chasdor Bindery, South Australia's most reputable book-binding specialist.

Each book includes an audio CD of the poet reading her poems.

All of the author's poetry collections are available for purchase from or e-mail [email protected] for more information.

10% of the sale price of each copy of Jennifer Liston's third poetry collection will be donated to Ovarian Cancer Australia.



Photos of Jennifer Liston available on request.

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White Wave Press

JENNIFER LISTON was born in Limerick and grew up in Gort, Co Galway, Ireland. She now lives in Adelaide, Australia.

She is author of Exposure (Ginninderra Press, 2003), 17 poems: one for every year of innocence (White Wave Press, 2008) and Lead Skeletons (White Wave Press, 2010). Her poem 'Egg' was shortlisted for the Max Harris 2007 Poetry Award and was included in the anthology Poems in Perspex (Lythrum Press, 2008). Lead Skeletons was launched in Galway, Ireland and in Adelaide, Australia.

Jennifer was a member of a prominent poetry group in Sydney, a member of the Canberra Closet Poets group, and is a founding member of the Adelaide Closet Poets. She is also a member of the South Australian Writers' Centre. She has performed her poems at several Irish and Australian poetry events.
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