KI author Jill Gloyne launches verse novel 'Out of the Ashes'

Kangaroo Island author Jill Gloyne has launched her latest work "Out of the Ashes", a verse novel about a fictional Kangaroo Island shearer who survives a bushfire.

A verse novel is a type of narrative poetry in which a novel-length narrative is told through the medium of poetry rather than prose.

Federal member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie conducted the official launch at the Chocol'art & Coffee cafe in Kingscote on Thursday, March 14.

"The book is spectacular. I do a lot of reading but rarely do I get to read for pleasure," Ms Sharkie said, before reading her favourite passages.

"It's a story about renewal, redemption and rebirth, but also it's a love story."

Ms Gloyne said she first wrote about the main character Jim McFarlane in a book of short stories about 25 years ago.

She decided to rewrite the story in the form of a verse novel, a relatively new style of writing.

"It's a way of introducing people to poetry," she said.

Jim McFarlane, while a fictional character, was based on the many shearers she has known,  both growing up at Port Augusta and then on Kangaroo Island.

This her third book published by a publisher and so she does not have to self publish anymore.

"I am 87 now but my first poem was written when I was seven years old and and my first book was at school," she said.

She is the second earliest founding member of the Dudley Writers group, encouraged anyone on the Island interested in writing to join the group. 

She is now halfway through writing another verse novel, this time a non-fiction work about the history Royal Flying Doctor Service. 

The proceeds from this novel will go to the RFDS, who is vetting each section for accuracy.