Whenever I do workshops especially in the senior primary and secondary level of schools I ask 'Who knows what a verse novel is?' Hmm blank, puzzled stares.
The way the lines are arranged, short and to the point require a new way of reading- well perhaps.
Recently I came across a link where Kate Deller-Evans of Flinders University discusses the verse novel- 'Star Jumps' and Karen Hesse's 'Out of the dust'.
Amazing. I love Karen Hesse's work.
link to that article. I am thrilled for my work to be discussed within the genre of verse novel and also thrilled to have literary projection power from the 2010 Prime Minister's Literary awards.
I love the spareness yet richness a verse novel format gives to the narrative and although it's certainly not a popular genre I believe it has such power waiting to be ignited.
So... will I write another verse novel? Yes, yes.
What do you think about verse novels? Have you read any?