birdlife, with Nyanda Smith, Nandi Chinna, Michael Farrell and Graeme Miles

birdlife2011limited edition bookmultiples
Lethologica Press Artwork, image and photography © Perdita Phillipscollaboration
72 pages plus cover Limited edition 360 available from Lethologica Press$25
Offset press printed. Contains colour and black and white images. Includes biographical statements by contributors.
ISBN 978-0-9758334-4-5
Project: Birdlife20082011Perth, Western Australia 
Exhibition: Art/Text/Clearinghouse Project2012Perth Centre for Photography, Perth 

A collaboration of art and poetic texts with Nyanda Smith (Perth), Nandi Chinna (Fremantle), Michael Farrell (Melbourne), Graeme Miles (Hobart)

Both a playful lament for our lack of feathers, and an elegant celebration of common airs

Gregory Day, author of The Grand Hotel.


Ryan, John Charles. 2012. Book Review: birdlife. Landscapes, Volume 5, Issue 1: 119-121. Retrieved from

‘It strikes me that the rapport between visual art and poetry, which is explored so beautifully in birdlife, is rare in today’s publishing world…

…Rarely is there a purposive synergy between genres and an amplification resulting from the arrangement between words and images. But, birdlife offers a stimulating counter-example. Carefully blending art and poetry, this attractive, wispy collection presents an intriguing interpretation of Australia’s winged wonders—and subsequently taps into this lineage of birds in art and poetry.’

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Artsource. 2011.’Birdlife and Lethologica Press’, Artsource Newsletter, Winter: 25

‘Combining contemporary visual art with different forms of writing, the motivation behind the book was to explore the possibilities of collaboration between text and art.’

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Watt, Yvette. 2011. Book Review: Birdlife. Australian Animal Studies Group Bulletin, December: 40-41.

‘The writers and artist in birdlife respond to and use birds in a variety of ways…this little book is a fitting tribute to birds in their many forms – not just the cute ones. As such, it is a little book full of big ideas, and one that anyone with even a fleeting interest in birds should enjoy.’

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Wilkinson, Jessica. 2012. ‘Drawn to Birds, a review of birdlife’, RABBIT 3: The Visual Issue: 172-175.

birdlife…offers an unexpected counterpoint to much of the predictable poetry on offer today; it leaves you dreaming of a life more spritely.’

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WritingWA. 2011. ‘WritingWA recommends… Birdlife.’ The West Australian, December 8, Today 7.

‘This beautiful bird book contains poetry and poetic prose by Nandi Chinna, Michael Farrell, Graeme Miles and Nyanda Smith, plus Perdita Phillips’ appealing line drawings and striking photographs. If you’re fascinated by birds, or looking for a lovely gift, get this book.’

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