.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.

Announcing the 2019 Anne Elder Award Judging Panel

The three judges for the 2019 Anne Elder Award panel are Gig Ryan, Marcella Polain and Rae White. Gig and Marcella are former recipients of this significant award, and Rae was commended in last year’s prize. Marcella Polain was born in Singapore, and migrated to...

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AP @ Perth Festival Weekend of Literature & Ideas 2020

Poetry has always been a language of resistance and activism, requiring true courage to write and speak it, and sometimes bearing the highest and enduring costs. Hosted by Francesca Sasnaitis, The Big Brave Read examines the themes of our Literature & Ideas...

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APJ 9.2 – ‘DIS─’

‘Australian Poetry Journal’, Volume 9.2 – ‘DIS─’, features new works by more than 60 poets and visual artists, with poetry guest-edited by well-known poets and advocates for writers with self-identified disability/ies, Andy Jackson and Jennifer Harrison.

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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

The Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry

Submission GuidelinesPublishers are invited to enter books published between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019.Submissions must be received by February 15, 2020.There is a $20 submission fee. Unlimited submissions are allowed, but each book requires...

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Entries Open – NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2020

Entries close at 5pm Monday 14 October 2019 so be sure to get your entry in soon.  The NSW Premier's Literary Awards are the richest state-based literary awards in the country with up to $305,000 in prize money to be awarded in 2020. The categories offered...

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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...

DEAR MUSES? by Simon West Launch

6.30pm Wednesday October 9199 Faraday Street, Carlton RSVP AT COASIT.COM.AU  ...a book of essays on Australian and Italian poetry, and especially on the presence of Classical and Renaissance literature in contemporary Australian poetry...Does it make sense...

SOLID AIR, an anthology of contemporary Aus & Aotearoa spoken word

It's showtime next week! We're launching SOLID AIR, an anthology of contemporary Aus & Aotearoa spoken word. The book features the best voices around, and six of them will be featuring on the night (alongside editors David Stavanger & Anne-Marie Te...

Writing with Observation & Detail : Workshop taught by poet Bonny Cassidy and novelist Emily Bitto

Writing with Observation & Detail10am-4pm, November 2nd-3rdKyneton Mechanics Institute Enjoy a weekend in scenic central Victoria while taking your writing to the next level. This two-day workshop will be taught by professional and highly acclaimed...

That Poetry Thing At Smith’s: Angela Gardner + Alan Jefferies

Monday 23 September - 7pm to 9pmAngela Gardner + Alan Jefferies$5 / $10 entry. Open mic Angela Gardner is an award-winning poet and visual artist. Her most recent books are The Told World (Shearsman 2014); Thing & Unthing (Vagabond 2014); and with...

Claire G. Coleman: The Old Lie in Kyneton

Thursday 26 September 2019, 7.30pm-8.30pmat Kyneton Town Hall Claire G. Coleman believes speculative fiction is a powerful political tool. ‘It’s a genre in which there’s great scope for Aboriginal literature … It’s able to sneak politics into places people...