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Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass with a Book

inspired by the painting by Vincent Van Gogh
novella by
Greg Bogaerts

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Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass with a Book is the charming story of Marc Henry, separated from the privileged but demanding life of his father, and Madame Fleur, who operates a boarding house in Paris to provide for herself and her son after the death of her husband in the Franco-Prussian War. Inspired by the branch of almond blossoms in a glass that sits on a table in the boarding house, Henry examines his life, his future, and the captivating allure of Madame as she struggles with the difficulties of putting her husband to rest. Inspired by the painting by Vincent Van Gogh, Australian writer Greg Bogaerts tells this story with his usual brilliant development of character and masterful development of plot, further enriched with often-overlooked but enthralling historical snippets about old France. This novella is sure to improve any quiet afternoon spent reading.

FICTION / General
FICTION / Historical

ISBN: 978-1-941830-90-1 (print)
ISBN: 978-1-941830-91-8 (digital)

LCCN: 2014947513

88 pages; 2 illustrations

Author Biography

Greg Bogaerts was born in Newcastle, Australia and has lived there for more than fifty years. In addition to being a writer, he has been a schoolteacher, a solicitor, a laborer with BHP (an Australian-based multinational mining company), and a taxi driver. His stories, many of them generated from his working life experiences and centered upon Newcastle and Novocastrians, have been published in journals, newspapers, and anthologies in Australia and the United States. His collection of short stories inspired by photographs by Eugene Atget was publishing by Shanti Arts Publishing (Walking Paris Streets with Eugene Atget: Inspired Stories About the Ragpicker, Lampshade Vendor, and Other Characters and Places of Old France, 2013) He has had one novel published; Black Diamonds and Dust (The Vulgar Press, 2005) tells the tragic and important story of coal-mining in Newcastle in the 1880s and 1890s. His stories inspired by paintings of Vincent Van Gogh were developed into five novellas, of which Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass with a Book is one. Two others have been published by Shanti Arts Publishing (2014): Avenue of Poplars in Autumn and Bridges Across the Seine at Asnieres.

Bogaerts attended the University of Newcastle where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Diploma of Education, and a Master of Educational Studies degree. He obtained a Bachelor of Legal Studies degree from Macquarie University. He was the first and only member of his family to go to university, something that began the alienation from his immediate family.

Bogaerts’ writing took a new turn when he began a series of short stories based on the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh and the Australian painters William Dobell and Russell Drysdale. He developed the Van Gogh stories into five novellas and eventually a novel, Montmartre, using Van Gogh’s paintings of the top of the butte as the main source of inspiration for the book. He is at present working on a series of short stories based on the paintings of American artist Leslie Anderson and a novel, The Chosen, based on his experiences living in Cooranbong, Australia.

Greg Bogaerts is married to Jill and he has a cat named Whisper.

Other Work by this Author

Greg Bogaerts is a prolific writer, having had more than two-hundred fifty short stories and articles published in journals, magazines, and newspapers in Australia and around the world. He has also received numerous awards and commendations for his work.

Novels- Black Diamonds and Dust. Vulgar Press, 2005.

Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass with a Book, Shanti Arts Publishing, 2014; Bridges Across the Seine at Asnieres. Shanti Arts Publishing, 2014.

Short Story Collection-
Walking Paris Streets with Eugene Atget: Inspired Stories About the Ragpicker, Lampshade Vendor, and Other Characters and Places of Old France. Shanti Arts Publishing, 2013.

Anthologies- Karrinyup Writers’ Club 10th Anniversary Literary Anthology. “Out Of Black.” 1996; Wild Fictions. “Seeing In The Dark,” “The Stripper,” and “To Become As A Child Again.” 1997; Siblings. “The Stepfather.” 1997; Tales from the Blackboard. “A Fine Line.” 1998; The Storytellers. “Perfect Bodies: Three Trim Tales,” “The Butcher Boy,” “Step Parent Parables,” and “Blood.” 1998; A House Full of Mirrors. “The Christmas Cake.” 2003; Slippery When Wet. “Driving Home Drunks,” and “The Cab and The Cockroach.” 2007; Best Australian Stories, 2012. “Market Porter.” 2012.

Journals and Magazines- Among others, Greg Bogaerts has had work appear in the following journals and magazines.

Australia: Artist’s Chronicle; Beyond the Rainbow; Coppertales; Dutch Courier; Idiom 23; Inkshed 13; Kalimat; New England Review; Overland; Page 17; Southerly; Swag of Tales; Tamba; Tarralla

Canada: Lichen; Storyteller Magazine

Czechoslovakia: Optimism Monthly

United States: The Blue Collar Review; The Chattahoochee Review; The Cimarron Review; The Concho River Review; Gentle Strength Quarterly; The Portland Review Literary Journal; Still Point Arts Quarterly

Wales: Square Magazine

A complete listing of Bogaerts’ publications may be found here.


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