Australian Poets Festival
Our Australian Poets Festival, which presents in 16 capital city literary festivals across 2016 and 2017, hosts 80-plus poets and poetry commentators annually, utilising a passion and expertise in poetry in its curating.
In 2017 we’ve linked our publications and festivals programming, making an agile, responsive and experimental model for the cultivation and dissemination of new works by contemporary Australian poets
By linking the festival and publications programs AP uniquely situates itself as a publisher which also presents an extensive, national festival events program.
Over this year, poems have been commissioned for the festival program and then selectively published in the relevant journal volume, and/or online. CEO of Australian Poetry, Jacinta Le Plastrier works closely with Australian Poets Festival director Toby Fitch, to curate new works for publication from the festival program.
APJ 7.1 theme ‘Skin’, guest poetry eds. and foreword co-authors, Ali Cobby Eckermann and Ellen van included 8 new translations of Dorothy Mackellar’s poem, ‘My Country’ commissioned by Melbourne Writers Festival and Queensland Poetry Festival 2016.
APJ 7.2 themed ‘Disruption’, guest poetry eds. and foreword co-authors, Benjamin Laird and Cassandra Atherton with poems from our partnership project ‘New Shoots’ with Red Room Poetry Company and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria for the Melbourne Writers Festival 2017.
In partnership with Cordite Publishing Inc. AP is heading to MWF 2018! Alert your synapses to a poetic exploration of gender and queerness, featuring poets Broede Carmody, Quinn Eades, Michael Farrell, Kate Lilley, Lian Low, Harry Reid and Ania Walwicz....
August 25, 2018 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts – Performance Space This is a free event. Join us at QPF this year for our Big Read. It’s simple – it’s a big read full of incredible poets! Be there! Featuring: Alison...
Join Alison and special guests for a reading, followed by a discussion with Ellen Van Neerven about the new book, which will be for sale on the night. Presented by the Melbourne Visiting Poets Program 2018, in partnership with Australian Poetry, Melbourne Spoken Word and the RMIT non/fictionLab.
Catch AP this month at The NT Writers’ Festival.
Presented by Australian Poetry and Sydney Writers’ Festival 2018. The Big Bent Poetry Reading features seven poets exploring all kinds of gender/queerness: UK’s Yrsa Daley-Ward, Quinn Eades, Omar Sakr, Pam Brown, Allison Gallagher, Chris Edwards, and joanne burns.