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Announcing the winners of our Holiday Special

Thanks to all of you for subscribing & supporting us over our Holiday Special period. Those who subscribed between the period of 20-30 November, we put all your names in a hat to award the lucky folks the beaut prizes! Please find below the list of our winners....

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Australian Poetry Holiday Special

Hey folks! We’re putting together a little treat for our subscribers this holiday season. Basically, the deal is, we love you and need your support, we rely on our subscribers to keep us afloat, to keep us doing important creative work within our poetry communities....

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Australian Poetry Anthology 2016 submission

________________________________________ It’s that exciting time of year again! We welcome all Australian Poetry subscribers to submit to Australian Poetry Anthology, Volume 5 2016. Submissions to the Anthology will open on October 16 and close December 1 2016. The...

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call it song, this unison,

                 it is without end

                Sarah Holland-Batt

Final Sappho Poetry Night for 2016

On the second Tuesday of December, the final Sappho Poetry Night for 2016 will host guest poets Robert Adamson, Judith Beveridge, David Musgrave, Judith Crispin, and Phan Quỳnh Trâm, plus an open section. Tuesday 13 December, 7–9.30 pm. Sappho Books Cafe and Wine Bar,...
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Launch of ‘Awake at the Wheel’ & ‘Opera’

Berndt Sellheim and Stuart Cooke launch their books Awake at the Wheel and Opera at Gleebooks. UK poet Alison Winch will be giving a special guest reading, and Nick Keys will be launching. Friday 9 December, 6 for 6.30pm. Free, with food and refreshments provided....
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WordinHand @ The Friend in Hand Hotel

After many years, Jack Peck will be moving on from WordinHand (although the event will continue under the guidance of Candy Royalle). He will host his final event, featuring spots by Kaveh Arya, Tug Dumbly, Ember Flame, Hawraa Kash, Helen Lyne, Miles Merrill, Lorin...
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The Hannaford Centre writers’ group reading

The Hannaford Centre writers’ group (including poets) will hold its next monthly meeting in Activity Room 1 at the Hannaford Centre, Cnr Darling and Nielson Streets, Rozelle. Monday 5 December, 1–3pm. No fees. Free parking usually available in Goodsir Street....
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Carol Jenkins launches Barbara Fisher’s ‘Rescued from Time’

Carol Jenkins will launch Barbara Fisher's new collection, Rescued from Time, at St Luke's Parish Centre Lower Hall, 4 Heydon Street, Mosman. Sunday 4 December, 3 for 3.30pm. Free entry but RSVP by 28...
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South Coast Writers Centre presents ‘Little Mountain Readings Poetry Night’

The South Coast Writers Centre and Sturt Cottage will present the annual Little Mountain Readings Poetry Night, featuring poet Phillip Hall, local poets, students from local schools, plus open mic with prizes, including the coveted Little Mountain Readings’ Lead Logie...
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Harry Laing, Gabe Journey Jones & Garry McDougall @ The Postman’s Quarter

The South Coast Writers Centre will hold a fundraising Gala Dinner featuring poet and comic performer Harry Laing and poet and percussionist Gabe Journey Jones, co-founder of Creative Womyn Down Under, with local poet and writer Garry McDougall as MC. Thursday 1...
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Anna Couani & Sarah St Vincent Welch @ Mr Falcon’s

RhiZomiC Poetry will present poet, novelist and visual artist Anna Couani and poet, short-fiction author, writing teacher and chalker of poetry on pavements Sarah St Vincent Welch. Wednesday 30 November, 7–9pm. Upstairs at Mr Falcon’s, 92 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. Free...
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‘Stand Up and Speak Out: Breaking the Silence on Violence’

Women Of Words will present event four of Stand Up and Speak Out: Breaking the Silence on Violence. Featuring poets Gabrielle Jones, Dael Allison, Kerri Shying and Linda Ireland. Sunday 27 November, 4–6pm. Good Brothers Espresso, 40 King Street, Newcastle. $10 entry....
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Wollongong Writers Festival

Sunday 27 November 1.30–5.30 pm: Wollongong Writers Festival will celebrate an Afternoon of Poetry at Jane’s Cafe, 1/40-42 Flinders St, Wollongong. $10 Gets you entry to all poetry events on this date.   1.30–2.00 pm: The launch of Poetry magazine, the Australian...
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The 2017 Kat Muscat Fellowship

  With the generous support of the Muscat family and the broader community, Express Media is honoured to present The 2017 Kat Muscat Fellowship, offering support and development for a young, female-identifying writer or editor.   About The Kat Muscat Fellowship...

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The Peter Porter Poetry Prize

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize is one of Australia's most prestigious prizes for a new poem. The Prize – now open to all poets writing in English – is named after the great Australian poet Peter Porter (1929–2010). The Prize was first awarded in 2005 (Stephen Edgar)...

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Ron Pretty Poetry Prize 2016

              Open until 22 November 2016.  Over $7000 in prizes. First Prize: $5000 Second Prize: $1500 Third Prize: $750 Judge: Ron Pretty The prize will be awarded to a single poem of up to 30 lines, and is open to anyone over the...

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becoming rai

             racing through sky

flying toward us
           from far away

Verse 2, Bulu Line, George Dyungayan’s Bulu Line – A West Kimberley Song Cycle   

Ed. & Trans. Stuart Cooke