Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair – New Book on the Shelves – A Lake Sambell Walk: Picture-Poetry en plein air (Picture Poetry) by Frank Prem


Delighted to share the news of the latest poetry collection by Frank Prem –  A Lake Sambell Walk: Picture-Poetry en plein air (Picture Poetry)

About the collection

A Lake Sambell Walk is a stroll around the iconic man-made lake that lies at the heart of historically significant Beechworth, Victoria (Australia).

The lake was created by gold miners of the 19th century washing away the soil in their wild search for gold at the height of the gold rush era.

Today, the lake is a beautiful setting for fish and ducks and dabchicks (grebes).

Join Frank Prem for pleasant armchair stroll in A LAke Sambell Walk.

Welcome to Beechworth!

On Pre-Order for December 1stAmazon AU  Amazon USAmazon UK

A selection of other books by Frank Prem

A review for Sheep on the Somme

This is a book you take your time with, a companion you turn to to hear another one of their stories. It’s like sitting in a train car and hearing your companion, a stranger to you before this day, open a tome of history you’ve probably heard very little about. At least this American traveler knows little. You sit up a little straighter, feel the solemnity, and are handed this book.

You can flip open to any page of this almost four hundred page work and pick a photo that catches your eye; your companion then reads to you the accompanying poem, words that echo the realities of war and its hells. Stay awhile and listen–the book is solid and weighs on your lap as you page through the photos, the weight grounding you to the present. You hear a train whistle; a horse neighs and stamps its hoof. In the black and white photos, people greet us with smiles in new uniforms, quite proudly. Some pose solemnly, while others appear already wary or unsure. These people, these Australians, are being called by England (as the opening poems tell us) to stop their regular lives and come fight. So, they come.

Reading these poems is like looking at a scrapbook of history, hearing words travel back to you through time. You wanted a war? the soldiers seem to say. Well, here is your war. Here is what happens; here is what it does. What do you think of this now? We’re people, just like you–we had dreams and aspirations, too. We’re not so different, are we?

To embark on such a quest as this–a historical research project mixed with gentle but strong and unflinching poetry–is remarkable. Museums and archivists take note–sell this in your gift shops, preserve it in your archives. Professors, teachers–share with your students. Mr. Prem includes the sources where he obtained each photo (a feat in itself), and also provides an index with each poem. This would also make an excellent Christmas or birthday gift for those who appreciate history. A remarkable project, beautifully executed. Well done. 

About Frank Prem

Frank Prem has been a storytelling poet since his teenage years. He has been a psychiatric nurse through all of his professional career, which now exceeds forty years.

He has been published in magazines, online zines and anthologies in Australia, and in a number of other countries, and has both performed and recorded his work as spoken word.

He lives with his wife in the beautiful township of Beechworth in North East Victoria, Australia.

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books… thank Sally.


45 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair – New Book on the Shelves – A Lake Sambell Walk: Picture-Poetry en plein air (Picture Poetry) by Frank Prem

    • Hi Jacquie. Thank you.

      To see the way they washed away what was originally there was very confronting. The film I watched had that ‘slightly speeded up’ effect that made it look like a frenzy of destruction. The clay cliffs that remain – very naked looking – are still a stark rwminder, but the lake is beautiful and the landscape is what generations have grown up with, so normal.

      I understand there was not a tree left standing the area during the gold rush. Now we have a conservation park. It gets a bit confusing to process change over time.

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  1. Reblogged this on Frank Prem Poetry and commented:
    The wonderful Smorgasbord Blog Magazine has added (soon to be released) A Lake Sambell Walk to its showcase of reading treasures, along with Sally Cronin’s review of my previous picture poetry book Sheep On The Somme.

    Thank you so much for your support, Sally. This walk wiould be a lonely one without this support to bring it to the attention of readers and fellow hikers.

    Thank you.

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  2. This one is definitely coming up in my December reads. I very much enjoy Frank’s poetic stories. I may even take a stab at writing some free verse prose for a change. Congrats to Frank for the early fab review. ❤

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  3. Brilliant review of Sheep on the Somme. I’m wondering if I can suggest that someone buy it for me for Christmas. This new one also sounds like one that I’d love. xx

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