Anthology set to light up the night sky

Gabrielle McMillan and Merrill Findlay will be hosting the launch of the anthology Dark Sky Dreamings in Forbes on November 21.
Gabrielle McMillan and Merrill Findlay will be hosting the launch of the anthology Dark Sky Dreamings in Forbes on November 21.

Regional New South Wales is home to some of the most extraordinary views of the night sky and Forbes-based Dr Merrill Findlay will be bringing that connection to life with the launch of her new anthology in Forbes.

The anthology, 'Dark Sky Dreaming: an inland skywriters anthology' includes works by 50 writers from around the country, with most based in regional NSW.

Dr Findlay said this anthology explores and shares people's relationships with the night sky.

"That's important because we as inlanders are among the few people in the world who can see the glory of the night sky with our naked eyes," she said.

The Dark Sky Dreaming anthology represents many different writers in a variety of genres including fiction, poetry and non-fiction.

Dr Findlay said the writers who contributed works in the anthology are very diverse, ranging from First Nations and Chinese writers, farmers, amateur astronomers and academics.

"All the stories are about our inland and that experience we have growing up on farms or small country towns and gazing at the sky in awe," she said.

Among the works in the anthology is a Helioseismology poem by Bathurst author Tracey Sorenson, a story about growing up near the riverbank at Condobolin by Wiradjuri author Marian Packham and a story about the Parkes telescope being built by Neville Jennings, a teacher from Bogan Gate.

Dark Sky Dreaming will launch in Forbes from 10am on November 21 at News On Rankin.