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Australian Poetry 2016 National Program

Sharing with you the extraordinary energy of Australian poetry.

Dear poets, publishers, readers and lovers and admirers of poetry, Australian Poetry’s 2016 program has been inspired by you, and is for you.

It has been developed, with projects accessible in all states and territories, to support your writing if you are a poet, and to also artistically spread the word of your poetry to those who want to read it, see or hear it.

It includes a number of important new initiatives which reflect a revitalised, impassioned vision and spirit within Australian Poetry.

Chief among these is the new, touring Australian Poets Festival Program which means that across 2016 and 2017 this AP curated project will appear at major capital city literary, poetry and emerging writers festivals across Australia.

In another project, piloting late 2016, we create a new 45 minutes podcast, Poetrix, in the ABC Poetica lineage, which will run monthly after its launch in 2017.

This means Australian poetry and poets can be accessed by all lovers of poetry, nationally and internationally, via this podcast.

The 2016 program we offer is rich, genuinely diverse, and caters to all levels of professional development and across poetry genres.

Subscribers also receive many benefits under a new subscriber scheme.

Here’s to a new year at AP: stay tuned via our website, Facebook and Twitter, for details on all projects, programs and poetry events across this poetically and culturally vibrant country. 

We also invite you to contact us directly with your feedback and ideas.

We want to know what we are doing right for you, and what other plans you might have for us.

Australian Poets Festival, Perth Writers Festival The Big Read 9 poets x 5 mins MC Toby Fitch 20-Feb
Poets Work in Mysterious Ways Chair Terri-ann White 20-Feb
Australia Poets Festival, Blak & Bright 2016, Melbourne Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival Readings & Conversings, launch of Australian Poetry’s First Nations (Blak) mentoring service Sam Wagan Watson, Melbourne rapper Caution, Natalie Harkin 20-Feb
Australian Poets Festival, NT WordStorm, Darwin The Big Read 11 x 5 poets MC Toby Fitch 7 May
Australian Poets Festival, Sydney Writers Festival 2016 The Big Read 9 x 5 poets MC Toby Fitch/ Jacinta Le Plastrier 21 May
Poets Work in Mysterious Ways Chair Ivor Indyk 22 May
Canberra Poetry Workshop with ACT Writers Centre Two-day weekend intensive Jen Webb 4, 5 June
Australian Poets Festival, Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne Poetry of the Eye: The Visual Aspects of Poetry Toby Fitch 21 June
Devin Reads, Melbourne US Poet Devin Johnston reads @ Collected Works MC Gig Ryan plus various poets 21 Jun
Victorian Poetry Workshops Slam Poetry School Workshops x 20 schools Organiser Emilie Zoey Baker July, August
SA Poetry Workshops Hidden Voices institutional/educational program David Chapple August
Australian Poets Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, 2016 (program embargoed to 20 May) Details embargoed MC Toby Fitch 25 Aug-4 Sept
Details embargoed Chair Jacinta Le Plastrier 25 Aug-4 Sept
School Programs embargoed Organiser Emilie Zoey Baker 12 Aug30 August
Struga Poetry Evenings Festival, Macedonia Launch of translated Australian Poetry Collection Martin Langford August
Australian Poets Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival 2016 (program tbc) The Big Read 9 First Nations poets MC Toby Fitch 26-28 August
Publishing – First nations; panel MC tbc 26-28 May
National Poetic Licence Week NSW week of events Norm Neill 3-11 September
National Mental Health Week Poetry Event, The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne Poetry: Sanity/Madness Petra White & Various October
Korean/Australian Intercultural Exchange Readings/panel event, 3 x Korean poets/translations Organisers Jess Wilkinson, Dan Disney, Cassandra Atherton October
Australian Poets Festival, Newcastle Young Writers Festival 2016 Queer/LGTBI reading/panel x 3 poets (inc. Ellen van Neerven) Chair Mikaila Hanman-Siegersma October
Australian Poetry, Writers Victoria 2016 How to Publish Your Poetry Chair Jacinta Le Plastrier October
Hobart Australian Poetry Launch Launch of Australian Poetry Journal 6.2 & The 2016 Australian Poets Anthology Michael Sharkey, Jacinta Le Plastrier & Various 4-Dec
Sydney Poetry Bookers Picnic 2016, Sydney Readings & music MC Angela Stretch 10 December (tbc)
Australian Poetry Collection (Library), Melbourne Rare past and contemporary Australian poetry collection Accessible by appointment All year




Toolkits, national Young Poets, 25 yo and under, 3 month Webinar program; emphasis on candidates who are regional, of diverse background and/or disadvantaged Facilitator Melody Paloma and two guest lecturers Callout 9 May
Tune Your Poetry Online poetry assessment service, includes First Nations/Blak; Culturally Diverse; and Gender Diverse streams National but run state by state. Various mentors Blak stream launched 20 February; full launch May
Review shorts/Writings/Poem of the Moment Regularly updated series x 3 categories: online only reviews; Poem of the Moment; Writings Various contributors All year
NSW Young Poets Fellowship Annual Young Poets Fellowship and book publication; revolves annually state by state Mentor Ron Pretty Callout tbc
Scanlon Prize, national Biennial Scanlon Prize for an Indigenous Poet’s Collection Judges TBA Callout 1 May – 1 June, announced Melbourne Writers Festival, August 2016
Poetrix podcast Pilot, 45 mins poetry podcast Various October
Events & Opportunities Calendar, national Updated events & opportunities @ Various All year, launches with new website February

Australian Poetry’s annual Anthology is now published digitally. The biannual Journal is both print and digital.


Australian Poetry Journal 6.1 Biannual Australian Poetry Journal, print and digital Editor Michael Sharkey Submissions via email. Published 30 June
Australian Poetry Journal 6.2 Biannual Australian Poetry Journal, print and digital Editor Michael Sharkey Submissions via email, 15 July – 15 September 2016 • Published 26 November 2016
2016 Australian Poetry Anthology: Annual Australian Poetry Anthology, open to subscriber submission only, digital Editors. TBA Submissions via email, 15 July – 15 September 2016 •Published 26 November 2016
2016 E-news Monthly wrap up of Australian poetry news, event, opportunities Australian Poetry Publications All year
Review shorts/Writings/Poem of the Moment Regularly updated series x 3 categories: online only reviews; Poem of the Moment; Writings Various contributors All year