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Friday, October 28, 2016

SPRING IN THE VALLEY - SUNDAY 10AM

Spring in the Valley Brunch
10am start, 30th October
 
An invitation to
Viable Human Mob
SPRiNG in Valley – BRUNCH
 
the FiNALE
tHaT'z iT!!!
 
To all who are keen to come along & have a Heepy, Great Time.
the Artist's, the Poet's, the Art's Appreciator's, the Audience...
those who are Hungry & those who would just like something OK to Eat...
if your keen for a pretty decent Conversation, With "Not-Bad" People,
this is the place to Be...
 
to all Who Like Coin Filled & Cashed Up Pockets,
& then Like to empty them By Giving to Awesome Causes,
this is a Must...
 
to the Helper's, past & present
THANKS...
 
To all who have been before,
"Trust You Had a Good Time"
 
SPRiNG in Valley - BRUNCH,,, in it'z 11th & Finale Year.
 
Still only $15 (proceeds to Starlight Children’s Foundation)
For information : Neil 0422148956 or Helen 0431035540 for info
 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

IMPOSSIBLE PRELUDES Launch This FRIDAY

Sydney Launch
Date/Time:  Friday 28 October, 6 pm for a 6.30 pm start
Venue: Gleebooks Upstairs, 49 Glebe Point Road.
To be launched by David Brooks.
RSVP Gleebooks, please click here.
 
Perth Launch
Date/Time: Thursday 10 November, 6 pm
Venue: Centre for Stories, 100 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, 6003.
To be launched by Dennis Haskell.
'Impossible Preludes is the book of a master poet contemplating older age and the world as it is now; what is lost, what is being lost, and how to accommodate these things in one’s life. The classic markers of Taylor’s poetry are all fully evident in this work: lucidity, wit, glimpses into the natural and made world and the bringing together of these in sensitive but robust dialogue, literary allusion, and an easeful, confident control of the line. This generous book opens a new phase in Taylor’s poetics: the wistful, contemplative and celebratory, quite often against the odds.’ John Kinsella
Please join us at one of these launches and spread the word amongst your networks. Click here to purchase your copy of Impossible Preludes

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Ron Pretty Poetry Prize 2016 Extended


Ron
 

Many thanks to all the poets who have entered to date.

Over the past two months, the Five Islands Press website and Ron Pretty Poetry Prize entry page have been down at least twice. This is fixed now. But the Press wants to offer poets more time to enter the prize.
...
We are extending the prize until 22 November 2016.

With this new deadline, the long list will now be announced on 21 January 2017
The short list will be announced on 31 January 2017
The prize winner will be announced at an event on 3 March 2017

First Prize: $5000
Second Prize: $1500
Third Prize: $750
Judge: Ron Pretty

The prize will be awarded to a single poem of up to 30 lines, and is open to anyone over the age of 18 years, including overseas applicants.

Entry fee is $25 for the first poem and $10 for subsequent poems. There are no limits on entries.

Online submissions only. Enter at: http://fiveislandspress.com/ron-pretty-poetry-prize

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

'IMPOSSIBLE PRELUDES' by Andrew Taylor

Sydney Launch
Date/Time:  Friday 28 October, 6 pm for a 6.30 pm start
Venue: Gleebooks Upstairs, 49 Glebe Point Road.
To be launched by David Brooks.
RSVP Gleebooks, please click here.
Perth Launch
Date/Time: Thursday 10 November, 6 pm
Venue: Centre for Stories, 100 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, 6003.
To be launched by Dennis Haskell.
'Impossible Preludes is the book of a master poet contemplating older age and the world as it is now; what is lost, what is being lost, and how to accommodate these things in one’s life. The classic markers of Taylor’s poetry are all fully evident in this work: lucidity, wit, glimpses into the natural and made world and the bringing together of these in sensitive but robust dialogue, literary allusion, and an easeful, confident control of the line. This generous book opens a new phase in Taylor’s poetics: the wistful, contemplative and celebratory, quite often against the odds.’ John Kinsella
Please join us at one of these launches and spread the word amongst your networks. Click here to purchase your copy of Impossible Preludes

Monday, October 17, 2016

2016 Prime Minister's Literary Awards

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Arts Minister Senator Mitch Fifield have announced the shortlists for the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards!

Thirty books have been recognised across the six award categories.
Check out the website for the full list of shortlisted authors, books and judges’ comments https://www.arts.gov.au/pm-literary-awards .

Poetry

Saturday, October 15, 2016

TIM WINTON'S The Boy Behind the Curtain

 
The Boy Behind the Curtain is a beautiful object, with clear space around many of its chapters, as if you might want to pause, or ease them apart to hand on to your friends. And it opens up space around Winton’s other works, not in terms of delineating direct lines from him to his characters or his plots, but via the living and mutable concordance that shimmers between a writer’s life, their passions and their interests, and the stories they go on to make. He “rose to adulthood on a tide of story,” as he writes in Twice on Sundays, and he made it his business to write. About working for places like Ningaloo. About people like Oriel Lamb in Cloudstreet, or Ort Flack in That Eye, The Sky. About strange apparitions in Ireland. About all of this and more.

Read more at http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/boy-behind-the-curtain-tim-winton-explores-his-place-in-the-world/news-story/6440478755cb9526ffc529cd38882e7a

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Poem by CARL SANDBURG

Lost

 
Carl Sandburg
                                     
Desolate and lone
All night long on the lake
Where fog trails and mist creeps,
The whistle of a boat
Calls and cries unendingly,
Like some lost child
In tears and trouble
Hunting the harbor’s breast
And the harbor’s eyes.
 
 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

American Life in Poetry: Column 603 - by TED KOOSER

The workings of memory are something that every writer thinks a lot about, and in this poem Peter Everwine, a California poet we've featured before, looks very closely into those workings. His most recent book is Listening Long and Late, from the University of Pittsburgh Press. This poem is from Five Points, a distinguished quarterly journal.


A Small Story

When Mrs. McCausland comes to mind
she slips through a small gap in oblivion
and walks down her front steps, in her hand
a small red velvet pillow she tucks
under the head of Old Jim Schreiber,
who is lying dead-drunk against the curb
of busy Market Street. Then she turns,
labors up the steps and is gone . . .

A small story. Or rather, the memory
of a story I heard as a boy. The witnesses
are not to be found, the steps lead nowhere,
the pillow has collapsed into a thread of dust . . .
Do the dead come back only to remind us
they, too, were once among the living,
and that the story we make of our lives
is a mystery of luminous, but uncertain moments,
a shuffle of images we carry toward sleep—
Mrs. McCausland with her velvet pillow,
Old Jim at peace—a story, like a small
clearing in the woods at night, seen
from the windows of a passing train.


We do not accept unsolicited submissions. American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.Poem copyright ©2015 by Peter Everwine, “A Small Story,” from Five Points, (Vol. 17, no. 1, 2015). Poem reprinted by permission of Peter Everwine and the publisher. Introduction copyright ©2016 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Tim Winton at GLEEBOOKS

Gleebooks

October Gleaner 

Tim Winton graces the cover of our October Gleaner to celebrate the release of his powerful new memoir, 'The Boy Behind the Curtain".   If you aren't a member of the Gleeclub, or can't get into the shop to pick up a copy, you can browse the magazine and order all the titles online here.
 Tim's conversation with the wonderful Suzanne Leal this Sunday is completely booked out, but the book itself is now in stock at the special price of $39.99 (reduced from $45). 

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Max Richards RIP

Dog refuses to leave side of dying Kiwi poet

 
A New Zealand-born poet and academic has died after being hit by a car while crossing the road in his new hometown of Seattle, Washington.