Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze;
He turned away the good old horse that served him many days;
He dressed himself in cycling clothes, resplendent to be seen;
He hurried off to town and bought a shining new machine;
And as he wheeled it through the door, with air of lordly pride,
The grinning shop assistant said, "Excuse me, can you ride?"

Banjo Patterson(1864-1941), Australian poet

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Poetic justice: Winners of the Colin Roderick prize announced

Poetic justice? The joint winners of the Colin Roderick prize for best Australian book of 2013, chosen from 130 entries, turn out to be uniquely -- almost literarily --  linked. Ashley Hay's novel, The...


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Write (and publish!) what you can’t know

Write (and publish!) what you can’t know Facilitator: P S Cottier November 6, 13, 20 and 27   Ever wanted to write a poem set in the future, or on another planet, featuring aliens, rewriting fairy tales...


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Charles DAnastasi poem displayed - English

Krakow Poetry Projections – Melbourne’s name in lights

This exciting new initiative is the vision of our sister UNESCO City of Literature, Krakow, where short poems are flashed up on the walls of selected buildings in their famous arts precinct. For the first time, in...


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Welcome to our new website

We've made a few changes around here that we're very excited about, with the help of our friends at That Mob. We've improved our accessibility standards, making the site easier for people of all abilities to...