Bellingen is a small town on the Bellinger River on the North Coast of NSW. All the essays are either on Bellingen, or are set there or see the world from there, but I hope they are not as limited in their themes and ideas as they are in their geography.
There is a series of short essays on particular places and names familiar to people who know Bellingen, written by someone who is not all that taken by the notion of Spirit of Place. These essays form a setting for the other, longer essays in the book.
“The Bellingen Biennale” is about the 2012 Bellingen Art Prize and the predicament of art in a small town.
Like Charles Lamb I wonder 'who will take these papers as they are meant; not understanding everything perversely in the absolute and literal sense, but giving fair construction as to an after-dinner conversation; allowing for rashness and necessary incompleteness of first thoughts?'