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The Australian Poets Festival 2016 just got a whole lot bigger with our exciting program partnering with the Queensland Poetry Festival 2016! It’s our biggest program yet, and the sixth program in 2016 of our inaugural year of the Australian Poets Festival where we... read more

Australian Poetry Journal 6.1

Australian Poetry is thrilled to announce the launch of Australian Poetry Journal 6.1. There are so many goodies in this issue for you. Heather Taylor Johnston interviews Susan Hawthorne on the 25th anniversary of Spinifex Press, Carol Jenkins writes about gender and... read more

call it song, this unison,

                 it is without end

                Sarah Holland-Batt

Free Creative Writing Workshops in Hobart

Are you 12-25 and in Hobart? Tasmanian Writers Centre Twitch Young Writers’ Program is teaming up with the Youth Arts and Recreation Centre to teach you the art of storytelling. There’ll be free workshops just for you, every Tuesday throughout August. Bring along your...
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Forty South Launch and Panel Discussion

Forty South Publishing and the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre present Writing for Tasmania 40°South – our state’s iconic magazine – and Launch of the Forty South Short Story Anthology 2016, featuring the best of the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2016 as judged by Robyn Mundy,...
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Poetry High Tea – Red Dirt Poetry Festival

Don your aprons and frocks and join us for an audacious high-tea and performance. Join these brilliant poets for an ode to love, food, flavours and family, and learn a little bit more about where they came from and how food has defined who they are today. Featuring...
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West Writers Forum: Our Stories — Opening Night

West Writers Forum: Our Stories 2016 program is bigger and better than ever with a three day packed public program featuring international, interstate and local writers and storytellers. Join Candy Bowers and Mahogany L Browne at the opening night of West Writers...
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2016 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year Competition

In 2016 Over The Edge is continuing its exciting annual international creative writing competition. Since its inception in 2007, it has grown to become one of the most important competition’s for emerging writers in Ireland and internationally. The competition is open...
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Voiceworks issue #106 ‘Motive’ call for submissions

If you’re an Australian writer or artist under the age of 25 then we want your work for Voiceworks issue #106 ‘Motive’. If this isn’t you, but sounds like someone you know, pass this message along! To submit and read the guidelines press here. Deadlines:...
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Australian Poets Festival X Melbourne Writers Festival: Poetry of the Self

Following its success in Sydney, AVANT GAGA is coming to MWF. Around the central theme of self, 10 talented poets, including Michael Farrell, Gig Ryan and Jessica Wilkinson, will read their latest experiments in this special event, hosted by Toby Fitch. Writers...
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Australian Poets Festival X Melbourne Writers Festival: I Love a Sunburnt Country

Contemporary Australian poets Lisa Gorton, Benjamin Laird, Ellen van Neerven, and chair Jacinta Le Plastrier, respond to the classic Australian poem My Country with new poems of their own, challenging clichés and notions of what it means to be Australian. Also...
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Launch of Lyn Hard’s ‘New and Neglected Poems’

Launch of Lyn Hard’s New and Neglected Poems State Library of NSW (Mitchell Wing). Wednesday 27 July, 5.00 for 5.30 pm. Free...
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Francis Webb Reading with Toby Davison

The fifth annual Francis Webb Reading will be MC’ed by poet and editor of Webb’s Collected Poems Toby Davidson. Invited guests will speak about this much-respected giant of Australian poetry and read selections from his work. The six speakers are...
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2016 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year Competition

In 2016 Over The Edge is continuing its exciting annual international creative writing competition. Since its inception in 2007, it has grown to become one of the most important competition’s for emerging writers in Ireland and internationally. The competition is open... 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