This event will take place on Zoom, as the Canberra lockdown will still be in place. The zoom link will be shared about an hour before the event in our Facebook event, on the Poetry Thing page and through this email list.

Join us for a double book launch:

  • Amanda McLeod’s debut poetry chapbook, Heartbreak Autopsy, begins with a tornado and ends with CPR. In between, McLeod avoids the usual sentimentality associated with love and heartbreak, and instead applies her keen observation and almost clinical language to dissect relationships with the precision of a surgeon’s scalpel.
  • Stephen Gilfedder’s Way Stations features selected poems from the past 40 and more years. The chronology leads us from the contemporary to his initial fully realised work. Throughout, people – in their various guises, locations and predicaments – are the abiding concentration. An important aspect is the observation and recording of human mutability in time, place and circumstance. The personal dimension is explored across its contradictions, from commitment to uncertainty, to self-discovery and perseverance. Throughout the language is rich and rhythmic, steeped in the Australian vernacular.
And our ever-popular virtual open mic: 3 minute time limit. Spaces are limited. Please email to pre-book a spot or try your luck on the night.

Coming soon!

While Covid lockdowns continue to make our program uncertain, it looks like we will be doing at least one more Zoom-only Monday (details to be confirmed on Facebook and to this email list).

6 September – Geoff’s Poetry: David Mason + Lesley Lebkowicz (no open mic)