Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
A. NOBLE, M.A., GradCertSocSc., MLitt., B.A.
Veni Vidi Vici
The Short Story: TAFE, QLD
Bachelor of Arts/Double Major: Philosophy & Comparative Religious Studies, VIC.
Master of Letters/Creative Writing, (Division A, 2nd Class Honors), QLD.
Graduate Certificate of Social Science/Creative Writing,NSW.
Master of Arts/Writing, VIC
1. The Bauhinia Literary Awards, Tertiary Student: 1ST Prize.
2. The Bauhinia Literary Awards, Tertiary Student: Highly Commended.
3. The Dean's Letter of Commendation for Outstanding Performance (CQU)
4. The Dean's Letter of Commendation for Outstanding Performance (CQU)
5. The June Shenfield Poetry Award, 2nd Prize/Commended.
Year of the Novel, QLD, AU
The Short Story, QLD, AU
Poetry: This Barren Land My Bed of Roses, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia 2006
Framed, Defenceless and Hung Out to Dry: A comparative Ficto-critical account of Self: Jean Genet, The Marquis de Sade and Oscar Wilde; Ayana Noble,2004
The Space of a Hybrid Voice: A Verse Novel, 2010
This Barren Land: My Bed of Roses
Reviewed by Paolina Oppes:
This Barren Land: My Bed of Roses by Ayana Noble is an autobiographical book of poems that offers a poignant insight into the author's life.
The book is full of inspirational moments and vivid imagery, moving from scene to scene like a photographic slide show.
The poetry travels from the depths of sadness depicted in Villanelle- Memory of Edith Knight Tonkin and Sorrow Grief Separation to the enormous power of the mind and inner human strength of rebuilding oneself despite adversity in Reflective Foundations.
These poems are written with real,raw emotion,
simplistically styled, each delivering a clear and powerful meaning that hits the reader with a forceful blow.
Ayana Noble's poems enable you to travel into other worlds where a feeling of escapism envelops you like a blanket and then leaves you bursting like a child's red balloon in Violet Sky.
A different side to the author's poetic style begins to reveal itself in From the Remand Cell 1973, which is when her spirituality and beliefs on what is right and wrong begin to reign.
The angst at humanity's injustice in Right to Exist leaves the reader questioning and rebelling against authority.
Death Row Alabama evokes a time when colour, race and creed have no relevance and people are considered equal. It is about a time when true friendships are nurtured in a world where money, lust and greed corrupt all men.
U Turn takes the poetry on a different path, with twists and turns aplenty. This poem will resonate with people who have experienced unexpected obstacles in their lives.
Finally the author's poetic journey ends with Bee Sting and Not Life; poems about the ending of one life and the beginning of a new one.
These poems are symbolic of life continuously evolving, developing and changing.
There were drawbacks for me in the book's production. There are no page numbers and there are spelling mistakes.
Sometimes the author's beliefs on strong emotive issues such as gay and lesbian rights begin very strongly but fail to continue throughout the poem.
I expect many readers will relate to This Barren Land: My Bed of Roses as they will empathise with Noble's experience of life, death and spirituality.
ABOUT THE REVIEWER:
Paolina Oppes revived her interest in creative writing a few years ago.
Since then she has attended many TAFE courses ranging from creative and short story writing through to editing and proofreading. In her spare time she writes poetry and short fiction.
With respect to Paolina Opps's wonderfully perceptive review, the author needs to say that, the spelling 'errors' were in fact typos that occurred in the later stages of publication. This does not detract from the quality of the experience and content.
The absence of page numbers is intentional.
Interests: Literary Fiction: Ficto-criticism, Transgressive Writing, Gothic, Fantasy, Realism, Non-Realism
Creative Non-Fiction: The Personal Essay, The Memoir, Travel Writing
Fiction: Play Writing, Poetry Writing, The Novella, The Short Story, Novel Writing
Published writer: Yes