Bernadette Hall

Settler Dreaming

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shortlisted for the 2003 Tasmania Pacific Region Poetry Prize

Nominated for Best Use of Illustration in the 2002 Spectrum Print Book Design Awards
Illustration and design by Kathryn Madill

Bernadette Hall’s fifth collection will consolidate her reputation as one of the most distinctive poetic voices to have emerged in recent years. Her abiding themes of secular and religious love and the transporting passion of writing are strongly present, and are extended by a deepening political engagement with the history and possibilities of this land.

Settler Dreaming is an exquisite production featuring a suite of drawings by the Dunedin artist Kathryn Madill.


The beautiful long back
of the woman in the black
and white photograph

The shoulder-blades
of shorn sheep, the way
the light gathers there

as they bend and eat.
Then all start walking
in the same direction.

Praise for Settler Dreaming

This is Hall's fifth collection of poetry and her best yet — a beautiful book full of mystical drawings by Kathryn Madill which expand Hall's poetic vision of secular and religious love. . . These poems have warmth, depth, intelligence and lots of appeal. . . Settler Dreaming is quite outstanding.

Nestled in the lulling, simple rhythm of the stanza is this rather striking image. And in many
ways this is indicative of Hall's style, which veers towards the dramatic - they are poems as
much for the ear as for the eye.

Sarah Putt XTRA

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