Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass with a Book
inspired by the painting by Vincent van Gogh
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
ISBN: 978-1-941830-90-1 (print)
88 pages; 2 illustrations
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.
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