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This video of 'Wild Things' was produced by Oakley Fletcher in association with UWA Publishing. Read by Jenn Godfrey. Music by Chris Zabriskie. 

Vagabondage is available from UWAPublishing, as an ebook on Amazon and Kobo or direct from Beth at www.bethspencer.com

Beth Spencer

‘Wild things’ — a meditation on weeds and the way they refuse to fit the neatness of cultivated life and their ability to persist and survive  is from Beth’s third book, Vagabondage, about the year she lived in a campervan.

‘There are authors for whom writing functions as a form of truth-telling… We look to them for insight and intelligence and good humour, and a willingness to share – and Beth Spencer is one of them…Vagabondage is a short work that leaves you feeling you’ve read a much longer one.’ – Angelo Loukakis

‘This book doesn’t belabour its wisdom, but instead opens us up through humour to all aspects of humans’ being.’ – Angela Gardner

‘While searingly honest and sometimes darkly funny... it is the interplay between the particular and the general that is most invigorating about Vagabondage... We observe the landscape through windows that always reflect back our own image... The poems affirm the wilderness within... [but] underlying them all is a sense that freedom itself is an illusion, or a horizon that recedes as we approach it.  – Andy Jackson


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