J.H. Crone's, Our Lady of the Fence Post is an imaginative response to news reports of the appearance of a Marian apparition at Coogee, Sydney, in January 2003, on the construction site of a memorial for victims of the Bali bombing.
A year after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon on 9/11 2001 had triggered the 'War on Terror', terrorists bombed Paddy's Irish Pub and the Sari Club on Jalan Legion in Kuta, Bali, killing 202 people.
Many of the 88 Australians who died were football players and their families celebrating the end of the football season. Within days of the news report of the Marian apparition huge crowds started visiting the site, dubbed 'Our Lady of the Fence Post' by the press.
Our Lady of the Fence Post interrogates the rise of religious fundamentalism and the 'war on terror', as it is experienced by locals in the fictional setting of Sunshine Bay, in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs.
Please join us for refreshments and a book signing with the author after this talk and poetry reading.
About the author
J. H. Crone’s poetry has been previously published in Southerly, Hermes and A Sudden Presence: Poetry from the inaugural ACU Literature Prize. J. H. Crone is currently a post graduate researcher at the University of Sydney where she is studying the poetry of Louise Glück and was a recipient of the John Bell Prize for Shakespeare Studies.
J. H. Crone came to poetry following a successful career making documentaries for Australian and British television. Her most recent documentary ‘Divorce: Aussie Islamic Way’ was nominated for a Walkely Award. J. H. Crone was also a Commissioning Editor at SBS Television.