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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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OutLoud 2016 Slam Poetry winners!

Thank you to our finalists Alamanda College, Viewbank College, Firbank College, University High and John Monash Science School who performed at our incredible Grand Final at Federation Square. Lead by the incredible Emilie Zoey Baker, OutLoud is our spoken word slam...

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call it song, this unison,

                 it is without end

                Sarah Holland-Batt

Confluence featuring Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, Jess Fairfax and Candice Monique

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa performs at this special spoken word event at Deakin Edge as part of Indian festival, Confluence, performing alongside amazing local spoken word artist/performer/singer Candice Monique and soundscape artist/musician/singer Jess Fairfax....
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Afro Hub Poetry Slam featuring Soreti Kadir

On the last Thursday of every month, a slam hosted by Abe Nouk, featuring a poet from the Melbourne Afro Scene. Slam registration at 6pm. Thursday, October 27 @ 6:00pm Afro Hub, 727 Nicholson St Carlton North $10 entry…
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Busybird’s Open Mic Night #39

Busybird Publishing is holding Open Mic Nights the third Wednesday of every month. So if you’re a writer, a poet, or even a singer, and would like to perform your material for a live audience, why not come along? Readings are a great way to test your material, as...
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Maribyrnong City Council Youth Services & Braybrook Libraries: Poetry & Spoken Word Workshops for Young People

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Book Launch – Maxine Beneba Clarke and Van T Rudd

29 October 2016 Join us for the launch of Maxine Beneba Clarke’s picture book, THE PATCHWORK BIKE, illustrated by Van T Rudd. It is a delightful story from the multi-award-winning author, beautifully illustrated by street artist Van T Rudd. What’s the best fun in...
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ASA Emerging Writers’ and Illustrators’ Mentorship Program

The ASA Emerging Writers’ and Illustrators’ Mentorship Program supported by Copyright Agency Cultural Fund provides the winners of these award mentorships with the opportunity to develop their early draft manuscript to a publishable standard through 13...
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Sporting Poets #23

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RMIT non/fictionLAB poetry reading

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The North Shore Poetry Project presents David Malouf

Wednesday 16 November, 7 pm (doors open – reading starts 7.30). The North Shore Poetry Project will present poet, novelist and Australian literary treasure David Malouf. Rubino’s Italian eatery, 2/63 Penshurst Road, Willoughby. (Entry in Oakville road,...
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Eric Avery at Sutherland Shire Library

Tuesday 15 November, 6.30–7.30 p.m. In celebration of Indigenous Literacy Day, local poet Eric Avery will perform his compelling new work, including his poetry commissioned for the New Shoots project. The reading will be followed by a Q&A with the...
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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...

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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