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.
The festival will run from the 17th – 21st October at various locations in Canberra, including our festival hub and festival partner Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre.
What bends the heart, and how do we write poetry about that? • Sun 1 Sep, 4pm, RMIT Kaleide Theatre
We have so many incredible poets in town for #QPF2019 that we’re indulging you in a series of just-because readings. Get immersed in verse. The All Ears readings are supported by Australian Poetry. Saturday 24 August 11am–12pm, Judith Wright Centre...
Blaktivists vs Blakademics argue the toss. Should Australia Day happen on 26 January – or not – and why? It’s a serious topic but we’ve thrown in a dollop of Blak humour. With Nayuka Gorrie, Yvette Holt, Liza-Mare Syron and Jason Tamiru. Moderator Gregory...
AP's School OutLoud Slam 2019 lifts off with the launch of MWF Schools! Book your school for our first FREE primary school poetry slam or for our as always brilliant secondary school slam at [button...