Searching for Sabine

ANYBODY KNOW SABINE?: Suse Sligo with her the book, The Rattle Bag, and an envelope with messages for Sabine from Papa. Picture by Liam Clayton

Suse Sligo is looking for Sabine.

But she has no idea who Sabine is.

She recently bought a poetry book, entitled The Rattle Bag, which has a handwritten message addressed to Sabine.

The rest of the inscription reads:

“For your enjoyment and pleasure.

Light, life, love and laughter.

Papa.

PS: To celebrate your creative gifts.”

The book also contained a sealed envelope.

On the envelope is written, “TO THE FUTURE Sabine.”

Mrs Sligo says she is a lover of books — her home shows that — but cannot recall where she bought the book, five or six months ago.

“I go to many op shops,” she says.

She is eager to find Sabine.

There are many people who would love to keep a letter like that from their father, she said.

The inscription and envelope message was “intriguing”.

The Rattle Bag is an anthology of poems, originally published in 1982, and edited by two literary notables.

One is Irish Nobel Literature Prize winner, Irish poet Seamus Heaney and the other is former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes who is probably as well-known for his controversial relationships with wife and fellow noted writer Sylvia Plath and Assia Wevill, who both committed suicide.

Suse Sligo is looking for Sabine.

But she has no idea who Sabine is.

She recently bought a poetry book, entitled The Rattle Bag, which has a handwritten message addressed to Sabine.

The rest of the inscription reads:

“For your enjoyment and pleasure.

Light, life, love and laughter.

Papa.

PS: To celebrate your creative gifts.”

The book also contained a sealed envelope.

On the envelope is written, “TO THE FUTURE Sabine.”

Mrs Sligo says she is a lover of books — her home shows that — but cannot recall where she bought the book, five or six months ago.

“I go to many op shops,” she says.

She is eager to find Sabine.

There are many people who would love to keep a letter like that from their father, she said.

The inscription and envelope message was “intriguing”.

The Rattle Bag is an anthology of poems, originally published in 1982, and edited by two literary notables.

One is Irish Nobel Literature Prize winner, Irish poet Seamus Heaney and the other is former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes who is probably as well-known for his controversial relationships with wife and fellow noted writer Sylvia Plath and Assia Wevill, who both committed suicide.

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