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Australian Poets Festival X Perth Writers Festival

THE BIG READ: PWF X APF We're beyond stoked to be partnering up with Perth Writers Festival again which goes from 23rd -- 26th of February, 2017. We're doing the Big Read again, big hype. Seven poets, seven minutes each. This year’s Big Read features...

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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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the tears
    the pelicans are leaving us like a line of words
 quicker than

the tongue drift glide sail waft fly   
fly away 
 something happened here.

     —  ‘Flight FeathersEllen Van Neerven

Australian Poets Festival X Perth Writers Festival

THE BIG READ: PWF X APF We're beyond stoked to be partnering up with Perth Writers Festival again which goes from 23rd -- 26th of February, 2017. We're doing the Big Read again, big hype. Seven poets, seven minutes each. This year’s Big Read features...
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Word in Hand with Candy Royalle

Tuesday 7 February, 7.00 pm (doors open and sign-up). Candy Royalle will present the first Word in Hand for 2017, featuring Marc Nair, Sister Zai, Alex Skovron and Samia Sayed (AKA Browneyes). Plus open mic (10x5-minute spots) and door prizes. The Friend in Hand...
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North Shore Poetry Project readings

Tuesday 7 February, 6.30 pm­ -- 9.30 pm. The first of nine North Shore Poetry Project readings will take place to give local poets a chance to read their completed poems to other poets and friends. This is a casual group, but registration is advised as numbers will be...
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‘Finding Your Muse’ workshop with Philip Porter

Thursday 2 February – Thursday30 March, 6.30 pm–9.30 pm. Philip Porter will present Finding Your Muse, a nine-session workshop on avoiding writers’ block by exploring your inner and outer worlds through the writing of poetry. Workshop Arts Centre, 33 Laurel Street,...
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Bonfire at Desire — Desire Books

Tuesday 31 January, 8.00 pm (performers arrive 7.30 pm). Desire Books will present Bonfire at Desire, the monthly open mic night People share their poems, stories, songs, performance art, wisecracks and hearts with total abandon at Desire Books, 3/3 Whistler St,...
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Eddie Paterson: ‘redactor’ Launch

Published by Whitmore Press, with a launch by Amy Brown. Wednesday 1 February, 2017 6.00pm for 6.30pm Bella Union Bar, Level 1, Trades Hall 54 Victoria Street (corner of Victoria & Lygon Streets, entry via Lygon), Carlton South "redactor uses found texts from the...
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Love and F**k Poems — Workshop with Koraly Dimitriadis

Have you always wanted to write poetry that is raw, emotive and doesn’t conform to tradition? Do you want to connect with your honesty to write about two elements that bind us as humans? Learn how to shed cultural and societal expectations on how to write about love...
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Launceston Poetry Pedlars

The Launceston Poetry Pedlars have been meeting since 1995. On the third Monday in every month, they meet for an open mic poetry reading. New poets always welcome. They also hold a competition with a certificate and book or wine prize for a winning poem. From January...
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JLF Melbourne 11–12 February 2017

Melbourne Writers Festival joins forces with Jaipur Literature Festival to present JLF Melbourne, a brand new festival transporting the magic, colour and excitement of India’s biggest literary celebration to Fed Square this summer. Get your tickets to the JLF...
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Melbourne Spoken Word: Oveous Maximus

Spoken word artist and rapper, OVEOUS (Oveous Maximus) will perform in his debut spoken word performance in Australia presented by Melbourne Spoken Word in Brunswick's Howler Theatre on Sunday, January 15. He will perform for 60-90 minutes following short sets from...
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‘subbed in’ manuscript call-out

subbed in is now accepting manuscript submissions for a new project involving the publication of three chapbooks by three NSW-based writers in 2017. The submission period is open from January 20, 2017 - March 20, 2017 (closing at midnight AEST). Please email...

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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

Black box in the plane.

Journey without aim.

Intentions of great nations.

Death certificate in your name.

‘The map’, Ahmed Hashim