.Australian Poetry, based at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, acknowledges the custodians and owners of the land, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

Australian Poetry notes with sadness the passing of Bruce Dawe, aged 90. Dawe, born in Fitzroy, in 1930, was perhaps the first poet to find a way to turn the lives of suburban Australians into poetry – poems which often had an undertow of elegy, as if in recognition...

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AP @ SWF 2020

Australian Poetry supports and respects ‘the inevitable but nonetheless devastating decision’ of Sydney Writers’ Festival to cancel its 2020 program. We will do all that we can to support its podcasting and digital and other avenues as these are released across the...

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the tears
    the pelicans are leaving us like a line of words
 quicker than

the tongue drift glide sail waft fly   
fly away 
 something happened here.

     —  ‘Flight FeathersEllen Van Neerven

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award – Now Open

Further your involvement in the literary world with our friends at Aesthetica Mag. The Creative Writing Award is now open for entries. Submit your Poetry and Short Fiction work and win £1,000 + publication within an inspiring anthology. Find out more:...

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Writers Wanted!

From Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office: We know that lots of writers and creatives have had the regular work they do to keep them writing cancelled due to the Covid situation. We are looking for ways to support our City of Literature community at this time....

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Starting Blocks With Sandra Thibodeaux

STARTING BLOCKS WITHSANDRA THIBODEAUXDARWIN: March 14Got a great idea but don’t know where to start? Starting Blocks is a hands-on workshop that will take you through the basic elements of creative writing, such as description, character, plot, structure, dialogue and...

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A Note from Poetry on the Move

The University of Canberra’s Poetry on the Move festival and COVID-19. The University of Canberra’s Centre for Creative and Cultural Research is responding to ongoing uncertainty about the COVID-19 virus by heeding the advice of experts and the government, and...

Melbourne Launch: Navigable Ink by Jennifer Mackenzie

Please join Transit Lounge publishing for the launch of Jennifer McKenzie's new book, Navigable Ink. April 1, 6pm Launched by Lucy Van A homage to the Indonesian writer, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, “This intricate, inventive collection of poems compels the reader to follow...

MPU Poetry Far & Wide Open Mic Event

    Tomorrow from 18:30-20:30       Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre 251 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053, Carlton, Victoria, Australia 3053 Melbourne Poets Union opens its 2020 program by inviting all poets & poetry lovers to an open mic reading &...

Gathering Grounds

GATHERING GROUND: WALKING, TALKING AND WRITING PLACE WITH KELLY LEE HICKEYALICE: March 21 Walking and writing have a long history together. Gathering Ground is an invitation to this explore this tradition through three weekends of writing walkshops. Each week a...

Launch: Labour and Other Poems by Astrid Lorange

Melbourne: Sunday 22 March 3pm - 5pm, The Alderman @ 134 Lygon St, Brunswick East Sydney: Saturday 29 Feb 4pm - 6pm, Frontyard @ 228 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville Please join us at the Sydney or Melbourne launch of Astrid Lorange’s new book Labour and other Poems. This...

Long service leave: a sick leave fundraiser

6pm Saturday November 16Arena Project Space2 Kerr St Fitzroy friends, enemies, comrades...sick leave is a monthly reading series and journal that celebrates new, weird, difficult and interesting writing -- whatever form it takes. sick leave is very...

Book Launch: Where Only the Sky had Hung Before, by Toby Fitch, Vagabond Press

The Alderman East Brunswick Friday 15 November7pm. Launch of a poetry book with Vagabond PressMelinda Bufton will host, Lisa Gorton will give a speech, Readings by other poets too —Ann Vickery, Grace Yee, Harry Reid, Chloe Wilson, and Luke Beesley.   ...

Giramondo Book Launch : ‘Heidi’ by Π.O.

Please join us for the launch of Π.O.’s Anarchist masterpieceHEIDE  to be launched by Guy Rundleeditor, producer, scriptwriter and author of Practice6 for 6.30pmThursday 14 NovemberReadings Carlton309 Lygon StCarlton 3053Copies of Heide will be available...

Future Echoes – free events next week from Express & EWF

Happening every dayin the Ian & Primrose Potter FoyersWednesday 23 October – Saturday 26 October 3.00pm & 4.00pm. Links Below Arts Centre Melbourne have launched a new festival for and by young and emerging artists called Future Echoes, and both...