Writing from Depth and Mystery
Author of The Comfort of Water
Maya Ward is a Warburton poet and writer who has also worked in community, corporate, arts and environmental settings as an artist and educator. Her memoir The Comfort of Water: A River Pilgrimage, published by Transit Lounge, is an account of her 22 day journey from the sea to the source of the Yarra River, and was shortlisted by the State Library for the 2012 Year of Reading. She is currently studying the role of altered states of consciousness in nature writing and poetry for a PhD in Creative Writing at LaTrobe University.
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This is the joyful yet heartbreaking true story of four friends who walk a 21- day pilgrimage from the sea to the source of Melbourne’s Yarra River. There is no path for most of the way, but offers of campsites and boats, and free access to private lands, illustrates the generosity shown to pilgrims even in modern times. Maya Ward’s lyrical exploration of her river as it winds through the city and the wild is a revelation, a testament to the fact that the greatest of worlds are often at our doorstep. Its author understands the power of the natural world to transform lives, and writes about the connection between a river and the self with humility, humour, and a clear-headed wisdom.
The telling of her own journey and that of her fellow walkers is seamlessly woven together with ecological and cultural history, the revelation of the pilgrim’s path and the unknowable depth of Aboriginal myth. Through trekking this Wurundjeri Songline, this ancient, ever-renewing river, she discovers rich possibilities of belonging, and shares how a river can nourish the passion and resilience required to transform our world.
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