John Kinsella

John Kinsella’s highly regarded books of poetry include Peripheral Light: Selected and New Poems and Jam Tree Gully. He is also the author of numerous plays and collections of short stories and essays. He taught at Kenyon College in Ohio and now is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. He lives at Jam Tree Gully in Western Australia.

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Shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards, Steele Rudd Award for Australian Short Fiction.

In the Shade of the Shady Tree · Stories of Wheatbelt Australia
By John Kinsella

In the Shade of the Shady Tree is a collection of stories set in the Western Australian wheatbelt, a vast grain-growing area that ranges across the southwestern end of the immense Australian interior. Kinsella’s stories offer glimpses into the lives of the people who call this area home, as the reader journeys from just north of the town of Geraldton to the far eastern and southern shires of the region.

“The chief strength of this large group of 33 ‘glimpses’ in Shady Tree is the direct writing style, a frankness driven by Kinsella’s complicated sense of purpose…. The book is a story collage that evokes the range of loneliness and togetherness of the region’s people…. Powerful.”

The National