Early March 2010
March 12, 2010
The paperback edition of our book A Lion Called Christian is about to be released in America, followed by Australian and UK editions (pictured), and I am going to Los Angeles for some interviews. A film on Christian’s life is in negotiation and I hope there is some news soon.I love this photograph on the cover. Someone contacted me last year and commented that I always seemed to be talking to Christian, and what was I saying? I replied that I was probably just saying what I have always said to my various cats: that I love them, they are beautiful, probably the most beautiful in the world etc – the sort of things cats love and expect to hear! I then watched our old footage more closely, and realised I was ALWAYS talking to Christian, especially on our return visits to Kenya in 1971 and 1972. This now big lion seemed to listen to me with great patience. I then monitored my own behavior at home more closely, and as I live alone except for my two cats, I realised I did give them a running commentary on my day, life etc, but I also had the manners to ask them how they were!
A comprehensive catalogue of irresistible photographs by Christian’s “official” photographer Derek Cattani can be seen – and purchased – on www.christianthelionprints.com.
Last year I was sent many photographs and stories of people’s pets, and I welcome them being sent to me and may post some of them on this blog – but please make sure they are good photographs, and the stories brief and original!
I would also welcome any suggestions about causes or campaigns that I should be aware of or consider for support through this blog. For example, Voiceless is an independent non-profit think tank dedicated to alleviating the suffering of animals in Australia, and on 29 April there is an auction to raise money with artworks donated by many of Australia’s leading artists see www.voiceless.org.au/voa.
Just opened in Sydney and on until 23 May is an exhibition Wilderness at the Art Gallery of NSW. The exhibition “is not about observed landscape, but about imagined regions, psychological landscapes, creatures both natural and unnatural, the importance that ideas of the ‘wild’ still play in our minds and lives, and how we inscribe nature with memory and meaning”. Daniel Boyd is one of my favourite artists. I have included previous work by him in exhibitions I have curated, and as an Aboriginal person he has questioned romantic notions of our foundational narratives (especially the arrival of Captain Cook in 1770), and Eurocentric perspectives.