Podcast No.2: Peter Mathers (12.1 Mb mpeg4; 50 minutes)
The late writer and artist: Peter was a writer of novels, plays and short stories, winning the Miles Franklin award in 1967 for his novel Trap. Later in life he took up art as well, holding sculpture exhibitions. This interview was recorded a few months before his death in 2004. This interview © Copyright Peter Mathers & Craig Robertson, 2004. Obituaries for Peter Mathers were published in Overland, Winter 2005 (Denis Moore, Craig Robertson), and The Age, 24 November 2004 (John Timlin).
Music in this podcast includes extracts from the following recordings, courtesy of Move Records:
In my study: notes on collecting plant specimens; a half-composted copy of Peter Mathers' novel the Wort Papers that he gave me; notes on gardens, the dialectic between art and nature; see In my study No.2 (2.3 Mb; 4' 58"). The literature on gardens as art, as culture, and their relationship to nature is vast. For a few examples with an interesting historical perspective, see: The italian Renaissance Garden by Claudia Lazzaro (Yale University Press, New Haven, 1990); The Idea of the Garden in the Renaissance by Terry Comito (Harvester Press, Hassocks, Sussex, 1979); Fons sapientiae: Renaissance garden fountains ed. Elizabeth B. MacDougall (Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, 1978); Heavenly Caves: reflections on the garden grotto by Naomi Miller (G. Braziller, New York, 1982); The garden as an art by Mara Miller (State University of New York press, Albany, c.1993).
Peter Mathers: major works
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