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Announcing the 2016 Scanlon Prize Shortlist

Awarded to an outstanding single-author collection of poetry by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writer, the Scanlon Prize is the only award devoted specifically to a full-length book of poetry by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers. Its aim is to... read more

OutLoud 2016

“Dear Donald Trump, will you strip the blue and red from the flag because white is the only beautiful colour to you?” — #outloud16 “I’m a feminist but not a feminazi. I don’t hate men but I hate the patriarchy.” — #outloud16  ... read more

call it song, this unison,

                 it is without end

                Sarah Holland-Batt

Launch of Michelle Cahill’s ‘Letter to Pessoa’

Michelle de Kretser will launch Letter to Pessoa, Michelle Cahill’s debut collection of short stories inspired by the Portuguese poet. Saturday 27 August, 3.30pm. Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road. All welcome. RSVP  http://bit.ly/2ax8MAE  or 02 9660 2333 for...
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‘Burnt Umber’ launch at MWF

Cassandra Atherton will launch Burnt Umber, Paul Hetherington’s new collection. In this expansive and exciting collection, Hetherington moves with power and grace through an impressive range of form and content. The poems burst with tense and detailed images,...
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Poetry on the Move Festival: Poetry and Biography

Poetry and Biography, National Portrait Gallery, Sunday, 11 September 3pm. Jessica Wilkinson, Benjamin Laird, Geoff Page, Paul Munden (Chair) with book launch and performance by Subhash Jaireth and David Pereira. What might a ‘poetic biography’ achieve for the...
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Poetry on the Move Festival: Poetry Translation Workshop

Poetry adventures on and off the page 6–16 September 2016. A two-week festival of poetry, organised by the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI) in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra. Poetry Translation Workshop with Subhash Jaireth,...
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Poetry on the Move Festival: Mother Tongue

Poetry adventures on and off the page 6–16 September 2016. A two-week festival of poetry, organised by the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI) in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra. Mother Tongue: Multilingual Poetry, and...
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RhiZomiC Poetry presents Rhyll McMaster & Eileen Chong

Wednesday 31 August, 7–9pm – RhiZomiC Poetry will present Rhyll McMaster (whose 2013 collection, Late Night Shopping, was shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year and Queensland Literary awards, and was highly commended in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards) and...
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Poetry in Motion 2016

Celebrate the joys of poetry in National Poetry Week, and the wonder of train travel. Join the Poets’ Train Canberra to Sydney, dinner and reading in Sydney, and the International Poetry Festival in Canberra. Please Note: Poets’ Train – Friday 2nd...
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Workshop with Tanya Evanson

Saturday 22 October  9.30 am – 1pm  The Wheeler Centre Performance Space  $60 (full)  $45 (AP subscribers)  $35 (concession)  Explore the intoxication that comes from drinking the wine of a different tavern. Make way for epiphany as ancient mystic poetry empties...
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New Shoots Poetry Prizes want your plant inspired poetry!

The Red Room Company, Rochford Street Review and Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney call for submissions for the New Shoots Poetry Prize 2016 and the New Shoots Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney Poetry Prize 2016. All poems must be previously unpublished, no more than 100 lines...
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APJ 6.2 call for submissions!

We are open for submissions from 15 August to 15 October 2016. APJ 6.2 will be launched in Hobart on Saturday, 3 December. Submissions sent outside these dates will not be read or considered. The submission email is: apjsubmissions@gmail.com Poets, both Australian...
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New Shoots Poetry Prizes want your plant inspired poetry!

The Red Room Company, Rochford Street Review and Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney call for submissions for the New Shoots Poetry Prize 2016 and the New Shoots Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney Poetry Prize 2016. All poems must be previously unpublished, no more than 100 lines... read more

The 2016 Scanlon Prize

For poetry from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers Submissions Now Open Awarded to an outstanding single-author collection of poetry by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writer, we are thrilled to be putting out our call for the 2016 Scanlon... read more

2016 JOHN MARSDEN & HACHETTE PRIZE FOR YOUNG WRITERS

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

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