I still see her sometimes in my sleep. She is walking through the blue and orange lights of the city or in the desert country of red ground, spinifex and oaks. Last night I dreamed she was climbing a green and blue mountain, the kind you see in the tropics, rich and heavy with steam and rain. She is still only a girl in my dreams, but that's how I remember her. In every dream she is walking. In every dream I call out her name. Tania.

Ten years after the disappearance of her best friend, and the death of her mother, Cassandra Noble escapes her country childhood to pursue life as an artist in the city. On the threshold of a promising career as a painter, her creativity suddenly abandons her. Soon after, she finds herself with a lover who wishes to control her just as her father once did.

While her last painting just might hold the key to why she can no longer create, what will happen when she discovers the two tragic events of her childhood are linked in ways she could never have imagined?

A New Name for the Colour Blue is a story of the healing power of remembering, of love, and the breathtaking beauty of the natural world.
 

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Annette Marner

Dr Annette Marner is an award-winning poet, novelist, fine art nature photographer and ABC radio broadcaster from South Australia's Southern Flinders Ranges. In 2018, she won the Arts South Australia Wakefield Press Unpublished Manuscript Award at the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature for A New Name for the Colour Blue. Her first book, Women with Their Faces on Fire, won the Unpublished Manuscript Award for Poetry for Friendly Street/Wakefield Press and was on the reading list at Flinders University.

Since launching her fine art nature photography in 2017, Annette has exhibited her work in galleries including solo exhibitions and had her images published internationally. Annette is an Associate Member of the Royal South Australian Society for Arts (qualifying in 2019 for her photography) and has a PhD in creative writing from Flinders University.

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