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Friday, April 03, 2015

from the desk of Geoff Page, our Canberra correspondent ...

Hello Poetry at The Gods supporters 
Don't forget the centenary tribute reading for JUDITH WRIGHT and DAVID CAMPBELL on Tues Apr 14. It will feature six Canberra poets (see below) reading their choice of the  work of these two master poets, well-known personally to many of us in Canberra as well as throughout the country — and overseas, for that matter. Centenaries of poets should not go uncelebrated. We won't be here for the two hundredth (which I'm  confident will go ahead in due course!)
Please note new start times i.e. dinner at 6 and readings at 7.30. If you'd like to join my tables up the front let me know or you may prefer to start your own table and book directly with The Gods on 6248 5538 or
All the best 

PS I'll bring along a few copies of the new anthology The House is Not Quiet and the World is Not Calm: Poetry from Canberra (in case you couldn't make the launch on Tues Mar 24)

The readers are:
Kathy Kituai was born in Perth. She moved to Canberra in 1984 and has worked for more than twenty years as facilitator of creative writing courses and workshops. Her books include Struggling into Winter (Interactive Publications 2007) and In Two Minds (with Amelia Fielden) (Modern English Tanka Press 2008)

Suzanne Edgar received excellent reviews for her 2012 collection, The Love Procession. Since then she’s been writing & publishing poems and adding them to a pile which may become another book one day.

Sarah Rice moved to Canberra 1975 and works as an art theory lecturer. Her books include Those Who Travel, a limited-edition, letter-press art-book of poetry with prints by Patsy Payne (Ampersand Duck 2010). She recently won the Ron Pretty Poetry Prize.

John Foulcher  is deputy principal of an ACT secondary school. He has published nine collections of poetry, the most recent being The Sunset Assumption (Pitt Street Poetry 2012), His 101 Poems will be published by the same publisher in 2015.

Alan Gould is the author of novels, poetry collections and books of essays. His most recent collection is Capital (Puncher & Wattmann 2013) and his latest essays are in Joinery And Scrollwork (Quadrant 2013).

Geoff Page has run poetry readings and jazz concerts at the Gods Café in ANU for many years and is also well-known as a reviewer. He has published twenty-one poetry collections, two prose novels and five verse novels. His New Selected Poems came out from Puncher & Wattmann in 2013. 

Bookings essential. 6248 5538 Light meals are available at 6.00 pm ‘Non-eating’ seats can also be booked. Readings start at 7.30 pm.
Admission: $10 waged; $5 unwaged. Seating limited to 80 people. The Gods Café/Bar is in the ANU Arts Centre (across the quadrangle from the Student Union near Sullivan’s Creek).



2. Friday 8th May,7pm to 9.30pm  TANKA BOOK LAUNCHES AT MCH

Manning Clark House will host an evening of book launches,bilingual readings
of Japanese form tanka poetry,and musical performances.

We welcome back to Canberra,and to Manning Clark House,leading
Osaka poet,Noriko Tanaka.

During the evening Noriko's 4th tanka collection 'From the Middle Country',
translated by Amelia Fielden and Saeko Ogi,will be launched by Dr.Carol Hayes
from the Australian National University.
  Noriko and Carol will then read a number of the poems from this collection
in Japanese and English.

In the second half of the program a new Australian tanka anthology on the theme
of LOVE,entitled 'All You Need Is Love'',featuring the work of over 60 poets,and edited by Amelia Fielden will be launched by award-winning Canberra poet,
Melinda Smith.
  Around 20 poets from Canberra and Sydney whose tanka are published in the anthology will be in attendance and reading their own work to the audience.

Live Japanese musical items will be performed by Rupert Summerson
throughout the evening.

All welcome !

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