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2021 - Shortlisted
Womerah Lane brings together essays and paintings that capture the varied concerns of a painter and writer in constant dialogue with the world. Carment’s decades of practice as a plein air painter have shaped him as a writer; a careful attention to the particulars of place is the foundation of his literary style. At one moment we are with the author on his doorstep in Darlinghurst, chatting with the neighbours. The next we are with him as he hitchhikes on the Eyre peninsula. This humane and poetic book subtly achieves spectacular shifts in perspective and scale.