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Writers in lockdown | Gabrielle Everall -Dona Juanita and the love of boys

In these strange times, many women writers are facing the sad reality of having to cancel the launches and publicity for their books, which they have spent so much of their energy and creativity in developing. Feminartsy will be sharing profiles of authors with books being released over the coming months, to shine a spotlight on their work and spread the word about their incredible books.

First up, we chat to Gabrielle Everall, poet and author of the verse novella, Dona Juanita and the love of boys, published by Buon-Cattivi Press.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your work?

I have been a poet of the page and the stage for 30 years. My first book of poetry, Dona Juanita and the love of boys which is being republished as a second edition on the second of April 2020 is an erotic verse novel.

It incapsulates the trauma of contemporary sexual politics.

How did you come to the idea for Dona Juanita and the love of boys?

Dona Juanita and the love of boys mixes high theory with personal politics. I appropriate Julia Kristeva’s chapter ‘Don Juan or Love to Be Able’ from Tales of Love to speak of a female Don Juan. I appropriate The Sufferings of Young Werther by Goethe to speak of a female Werther’s unrequited love. I also appropriate Barthes’s stages of love in A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments. All this is mixed in with my personal experience of doomed love.

How would you describe a ‘verse novella’ to someone who hasn’t read one before?

It is a novella in verse. It is a chronology of poems that tell a story. It is a story cycle of poems.

What would you say is the core message of the book?

Beware the love of boys.

How does it feel to have it launched into the world?

Exciting. I feel relieved. A publisher, Buon-Cattivi press has published the book for me. The first edition was self-published from a grant from the Department of Culture and the Arts in Western Australia. The only problem is the timing of the release is the same time as the virus. I was going to have a launch at a pub (The Dan O’Connell in Carlton, VIC) but the pub has closed temporarily because of the virus. Hopefully when the virus is over, I can have a launch. I have been sending my book out to people.

Where can people buy your book and find out more about your work?

You can buy the second edition of Dona Juanita and the love of boys as a paperback directly from Buon-Cattivi Press, via online bookstore Hares and Hyenas, or as an eBook here. You can also buy the book as a paperback and a kindle at Amazon and Dymocks.

You can also catch me performing my poetry on the Spoken Word podcast.

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