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Australian Poets Festival – Wordstorm NT – THE BIG READ

Eleven poets, five minutes each. Experience the latest in Australian poetry, and some classics from the Northern Territory archive. Each poet will read a favourite poem from the works of NT poets of the past, and will follow that up with a poem or two of their own.... read more

call it song, this unison,

                 it is without end

                Sarah Holland-Batt

Republic Readings: Christiane Conésa Bostock and Louise Oxley

Republic Readings are on the first Sunday of every month. In June, invited readers will be French-Tasmanian poet Christiane Conésa-Bostock  and well known Tasmanian poet Louise Oxley.  An open mike section features at all readings, with 5 minutes per reader. All...
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Michael Farrell launches ‘False Nostalgia’

Michael Farrell will be launching Aden Wolfe’s new collection False Nostalgia, followed by a short reading and much carousing. Readings, 309 Lygon St, Carlton. Thursday 9 June, 6pm for 6:30pm. From the Giramondo website: “False Nostalgia is rare among...
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Simon West and Linda Weste reading

These two Melbourne poets will be reading from their latest books, both of which deal in part with Rome and its legacies for our contemporary world. ‘Reading Rome’ Poetry Reading at Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circuit, Canberra.  Wednesday 1st June...
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Jan Strom interviews Judith Rodriguez

Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival will present Sunday Bites. Jan Strom will interview multi-award winning poet Judith Rodriguez at the Nexus Art Gallery, 1 Doepel Street, Bellingen (in the Old Butter Factory). Sunday 12 June, 3.30–4.30pm. Free entry (with glass...
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Les Wicks, Judith Rodriguez, Josh Donellan and Peter Bakowski @ Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival

Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival Chair and poet Brian Purcell will quiz four poets – Les Wicks, Judith Rodriguez, Josh Donellan and Peter Bakowski – as to why they write poetry when nobody ever reads it. They will discuss why and when they became poets, what...
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As part of Bellingen’s Readers and Writers Festival, Josh Donellan is holding a workshop for spoken word artists. Bring your head (your own, not someone else’s), heart (ditto), verbal artillery (poems) and a sense of reckless adventure. This workshop will focus...
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Diverse Women Writers

A low-cost professional development and networking day for diverse women writers, allies and industry.   Featuring Maxine Beneba Clarke, Jax-Jacki Brown, Fiona Tuomy, Jacinta di Mase (ALAA), Aviva Tuffield (Black Inc), Robert Watkins (Hachette) and more. We...
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Winter School – Poetry and the Past

Write new poems based on your own life stories, or draw on famous figures and important historical events. Explore exciting modern and contemporary poems that remember and reflect on the past, and develop your own poems about the past through encounters with memory...
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Are part of the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival, Peter Bakowski is offering one-on-one poetry workshops. If some of your poems, on close examination, are not quite up to scratch, not what you had in mind when you started writing them, have something stuck in...
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Peter Bakowski – Poetry Tips Workshop

 As part of the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival, Peter Bakowski will lead a Poetry Tips Workshop, that will include topics such as facing the blank page, finding and broadening your subject matter, questioning the adjective, questioning the simile, and building...
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Entries are now open for The 2016 John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers! Now in its eleventh year, the prize is open exclusively to Australian secondary school students across three categories: poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Fifteen... read more

Announcing Overland’s NUW Fair Australia Prize

In partnership with the National Union for Workers, Overland has just announced the NUW Fair Australia Prize. The prize has a category for poetry worth $4,000 and asks poets (and other writers/thinkers/artists) to think about the theme: Our common future. Open to... read more

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