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Thursday 21 March 2019 is World Poetry Day! UNESCO declared World Poetry Day in 1999 citing poetry’s unique ability to capture the creative spirit of the human mind and poetry’s capacity to provide all individuals, as well as whole societies, with the opportunity to discover and assert their identity.
Here are some of the ways people are celebrating around the country:
- Gladstone Council in Queensland invites members of the community to an afternoon tea at Gladstone City Library at 3.30pm for the announcement of the winners of the Micro Poetry competition on the theme: ‘Everyone belongs: celebrating cultural diversity’. Learn more.
- Kinokuniya Bookshop in Sydney presents ‘The Celtic Word: Contemporary Scottish & Irish Poetry and Prose Readings’ by Ali Whitelock, Anne Casey, Magi Gibson and Ian Macpherson, at 6pm. Learn more.
- Kings Park in Seymour, Victoria, will host a ‘Floating Poem Walk’ on World Poetry Day, featuring poems from Sandy Beach Writers and Seymour residents. Floating poems shall hang from trees for the pleasure of the public who are invited to take one home. Learn more.
Poets at Petersham Bowlo are having an open mic soiree from 6.30pm at Petersham Bowling Club on Brighton St in Sydney. Learn more.
- Come along to Eat At Martins in Coconut Grove in Darwin at 10am to celebrate World Poetry Day and enjoy poetry and coffee with some other poetry lovers. Read a work of your own, or a favourite by someone else – there’s no criticism, just enjoyment! Learn more.
- Geelong Library and Heritage Centre in Victoria will celebrate the achievements of five of its local poets: Julie Maclean, John Bartlett, Kathryn Ross, Rosemary Blake and Graeme Kinross-Smith, with introductions by poet, prize-winning fiction writer and Associate Professor in Writing and Literature at Deakin University, Maria Takolander. Learn more.
- The Meet and Cafe in Brisbane is participating in World Poetry Day by allowing customers to receive a free coffee or tea for simply writing a short poem in store on the day. Learn more.