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Thursday, April 20, 2017


April Voicebox
A special Voicebox event will be held on Monday 24 April at 6.30pm at the Fibonacci Cafe in Fremantle: the launch of Snake Like Charms by Amanda Joy, Fremantle's own Peter Porter Prize-winning poet. Published by UWAP Poetry, the book will be launched Dr Liana Joy Christensen. There will be readings, music and open mic segments. $10 entry.
Armadale Writers' Festival: Poetry Slam
Join poet Rose van Son at the Bean Thru Cafe on Saturday 29 April, 2.30-4pm, for an event that will involve both writing and performance of poetry. The winning artworks from the 2016 Minnawarra Art Awards will be used as inspiration. Free event; RSVP on Eventbrite.

2017 Patron's Prize for Poets Competition
The Peter Cowan Writers Centre in Joondalup has opened entries to their Patron's Prize. The competition has an open theme and entrants may submit poems up to a maximum of 50 lines. 1st prize $200; 2nd prize $100; 3rd prize $50. There is also a Novice prize. Entries close 9 June. Visit the PCWC website for more information.
ACU Prize for Poetry 2017
Entries for the 2017 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Prize for Poetry are now open, with this year's first prize worth $10,000. This year's theme is ‘Joy’. Entries close 3 July. For more information, visit the website.


Come celebrate HE who is forever there and not there, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.

As a writer we may think him to be courtly, cerebral, metaphysical, melancholic, Machiavellian, neurotic, light-hearted, loving and much more however, as there are few delible factual things known about the man we are in the curious position of compelling ourselves to adding to his portrait.


Performances from

Soleded Cordeaux, Elaine Morel and Elizabeth Newman

Glen Philips and Alison Headrick

OFF CUTS (abridged short plays):
Benito Di Fonzo and cast of Screes
Shakespeare Trivia and Open Readings

This is an afternoon event and we encourage you to come early to ensure that you have a place in the open read.

The event is presented by Poetry Sydney, The Old Fitzroy Hotel and Red Velvet Productions.

For more information please contact

WHEN: 3-6pm Sunday 23 April 2017
WHERE: Old Fitzroy Hotel,  129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Poetry Opportunities from WritingWA

Poet's Hub

Poetry Workshop with Amy Hilhorst
Join Amy Hilhorst at the Centre for Stories on Tuesday 18 April at 6pm for a workshop that will provide a collaborative opportunity to share your work-in-progress. It will be focussed on page poets who consider themselves to be emerging. Bring a poem and be prepared to provide constructive comments on others' work. Spaces are limited; RSVPs are essential online.
Making Poems Out of Place: John Kinsella
Join Dr Tony Hughes-d’Aeth for this celebration of Kinsella’s work and its influence on poetry and the politics of place in Western Australia at 6pm, Thursday 20 April at Bar Orient in Fremantle. Featuring readings from John himself and many other acclaimed poets. Free event. Register on Eventbrite.
Writing Powerful Poetry with Jackson
Join local poet Jackson for this workshop at the Peter Cowan Writers Centre in Joondalup on Sunday 22 May, 1.30-4.30pm, where you'll learn how to express emotions in your poems. See how great poets manipulate words to make magic and mystery. Suitable for beginners and more experienced poets. $38 members, $48 non-members, book online.
2017 Dangerously Poetic Byron Writers Festival Poetry Prize
Dangerously Poetic Press and the Byron Writers Festival invite poets to write up to 40 lines on the theme 'Truth and Lies'. First Prize: $500, 3 day pass to the 2017 Byron Writers Festival, plus publication in an upcoming anthology. Entry is $15. Entries close 10 May. Download the entry form on the website.

Monday, April 17, 2017


In Other Worlds – In Other Words
the alien anthology
Call for Poems
This is a call for poems, in English and in Chinese, for an anthology of science fiction poetry, to be published, hopefully in 2018-2019 (probably by ASM in China and Flying Islands in Australia). The collection will be fully bilingual – so all of the Chinese-language poems will be translated into English and published as parallel text, and all of the English-language poems will be translated into Chinese and likewise published as parallel text.
The editors of the collection are Kit Kelen and Fei Chen, who will together be coordinating the translation processes as well.
Depending on the nature of the material we collect initially, we may also take the collection and translation process onto a blog for the purpose of allowing poets and poems to respond to each other across languages/cultures.
The idea of a 'science fiction' poetry collection is very broadly conceived. Without wishing to limit the imagination of contributors, topics poets might wish to consider for their submissions include:
- space travel
- time travel
- alien cultures and contacts
- alien languages and human-alien communication
- robots, androids, cyborgs, AIs
- other world geography
- speculations on origins of various kinds
- large philosophical/theological/mythological questions relating to all of the above
- utopic and dystopic allegorical possibilities
- speculations about technology and pure and applied sciences as relevant
 - apocalyptics
- parables and allegories of contemporary relevance
As the anthology is cross-cultural in conception, it has something of an unavoidable we/them or us/other aspect. In other words, the parallel text formatting cannot help but present inter-cultural communication as a thematic concern. So this is something contributors may wish to consider in crafting materials to submit.
Please feel free to canvas any questions you might have about the appropriateness of the material you plan.
Please send contributions in word file attachments (in English or Chinese) to
Kit Kelen at
Fei Chen at

The deadline for contributions is December 1st, 2017.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Online Course: Pitching to Publishers

posted in Online Writing Courses on 12 April, 2017

Australian Writers' Marketplace presents 'Pitching to Publishers', a 4 week online course that will guide you through the process of developing and refining your author pitch. The next course starts on 8 May 2017.

In this month-long course you will work together with your tutor and fellow participants to create a pitch for a publisher that will grab their attention and a proposal that will keep them reading beyond the first sentence. Each week a new lesson will be posted with content, audios and exercises for you to sink your teeth into.

Your tutor will support you to hone your pitch and your proposal so that you can show off your creative work to its best advantage and take it to the next stage in the publishing process.
In this course, you will:
  • learn how to create an attention-grabbing elevator pitch
  • develop a complete proposal packet you can take to agents and publishers
  • learn what publishers look for and what turns them off
  • discover the steps to writing a winning query letter
You will have the opportunity to read a number of proposal ideas, as well as drafts of proposals, during this course – mostly from your fellow writers – so you will be able to hone your skills by reading them and offering constructive, supportive comment.

The course is $150 and will be run by Tiana Templeton.

For more information, visit the AWM website.


Event Details

4 weeks starting 8 May 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Charles Simic to himself and other poets:
“Be brief and tell us everything."


“Let us temper our criticism with kindness. None of us comes fully equipped,” Carl Sagan

Monday, April 10, 2017


a good world!
crickets ring
a black kite wheels

ISSA 1818
yoi yo to ya mushi ga suzu furi tobi ga mau
A combination of "bell" and "bug," suzumushi is an old word for "cricket"; the idea being that its sound is like a ringing bell. In this haiku, the "insects shaking bells" (mushi ga suzu furi) are, therefore, crickets. See Kogo dai jiten (Shogakukan 1983) 880. The "black kite" in the scene (tobi) is a bird, not the paper kind.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

'OOROO' by Richard Tipping INVITATION

Invites you to the opening

Brian Dunlop • Sophie Dunlop • Francis Giacco
Jenny Giacco • Justin O’Brien • Jeffrey Smart
Tuesday 4 April 2017 6pm to 8pm 

To be opened at 6.45pm by Brian’s daughter Claudia Kelly
Current until Sunday 23 April 2017
Above: Orpheus & Eurydice  2009, oil on canvas, 156 x 200 cm
Invites you to the opening

Instant History
Tuesday 4 April 2017 6pm to 8pm 

The artist will read from his new book of poems Instant History - Flying Island Books, 2017
Add to calendar
15 Roylston Street, Paddington, NSW 2021

Artist talks and poetry: 2:30pm Saturday 15 April 2017 and 2:30pm Saturday 22 April 2017
Current until Sunday 23 April 2017
Above: Jump start – our ‘roo shoots through  2016, retro-reflective vinyl on aluminium
(installed dimensions variable, 2 varieties of vinyl), 170 x 284 x 4 cm, ed 8
Visit our blog
Open 7 days 10am to 6pm
T 02 9360 5177

Sunday, March 26, 2017


Former Greens Senator Bob Brown

‘Lending Mr Adani, a billionaire, a billion dollars of taxpayers’ money to carry this project into reality would be the political mistake of the decade.’ Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP

The Adani mine is this generation's Franklin River. People power can stop it

This is the environmental issue of our times and the Great Barrier Reef is at stake. But people standing up for what they believe in has unbeatable power
When I rafted the Franklin in the 1970s, I knew the campaign to save that spectacular river, despite local support for damming it, would become one to test that generation. In 2017, stopping the Adani coal mine is a campaign to test this generation of Australians.
In 40 years time people will be talking about the campaign to stop Adani like they now talk about the Franklin. “Where were you and what did you do?” they will ask.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

VERDURE - Canberra Choral Society

Canberra Choral Society’s first performance with new artistic director Dianna Nixon

March 26, 5.30 pm Village Centre, National Arboretum
Canberra Choral Society will launch its 2017 series in the stunning surrounds of the National Arboretum, with a program created by new artistic director Dianna Nixon celebrating the human relationship with trees and nature. 
From the innocence of the famous poem Trees, by Joyce Kilmer, in a gorgeous setting by ex-Canberran, Daniel Brinsmead, to the wildly dramatic Frank Hutchens' setting of Charles Kingsley's Ode to the North East Wind, the programme gives the choir a range of stimulating artistic and technical challenges. A third Australian composer is featured in the concert with an exquisite setting, by Stephen Leek, of The Silent Gums, which will be sung (and danced) by a small group of students of Wild Voices Music Theatre.
The choir will be exploring combinations and textures ranging from unison singing and solos, to the lushly glorious final chorus from Leonard Bernstein's take on Voltaire's novella, Candide.
Other poets whose work features in this programme include Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Mary Coleridge, and, for the Leek setting, text created by Anne Williams and the Eltham East Primary School Choir.
It should be an afternoon of total pleasure for performers and audience alike, with the picturesque backdrop of Arboretum plantings and Lake Burley Griffin views framing our efforts.

And check out this article in Canberra Times:

Friday, March 24, 2017

from Rochford Street Review: Vale JOANNE KYGER

Vale Joanne Kyger

by Mark Roberts

Joanne Kyger .Photo by Andrew Kenower.
Rochford Street Review was saddened to learn of the death of Joanne Kyger on 22 March. Associated with the poets of the San Francisco Renaissance, poet Joanne Kyger studied philosophy and literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara, moving to San Francisco in 1957 just before she finished her degree. In San Francisco she attended the Sunday meetings of Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan, and moved into the East West House, a communal house for students of Zen Buddhism and Asian studies. She lived in Japan with Gary Snyder, her husband at the time, and traveled in India with Snyder, Allen Ginsberg, and Peter Orlovsky. She eventually returned to California, where she lived until her death in 2017. (Text courtesy of the Poetry Foundation)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Issa Haiku

at my feet
when did you get here?

ISSA - 1801
ashi moto e itsu kitarishi yo katatsuburi
Shinji Ogawa comments: "This haiku shows a very common scene of surprise when one finds a slow snail very close to oneself. Adding to that, when we learn that Issa was attending his dying father, our appreciation of this haiku may advance farther. We must learn how many things are left out from the haiku and yet, or therefore, so many things are expressed."


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sir Derek Walcott is dead.

Sir Derek Walcott is dead.

Relatives and sources  close to the Saint Lucian poet and playwright who had been suffering with health issues have confirmed that he passed away in the early hours of Friday morning.

Walcott received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex from 2010 to 2013.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 20 World Storytelling Day

Join us at the Centre for Stories for World Storytelling Day, a global celebration of the art of storytelling. 
Pop in between 11am and 12:30pm to listen to and watch some of the amazing West Australian stories we've collected over the past few months.
Our brand new video stories collected in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Interests for Harmony Week 2017 will be available to watch. These nine stories surround the themes Food, Faith and Love in WA. Listen to Fauzia, a woman from Afghanistan who sends her kids over to her neighbours with plates of food every week because her mother taught her that those who smell the food as it is being prepared must taste it too. Jamaican man Osric travelled 15000km running away from heartbreak and found love in Australia. Takako is Japanese and her husband of 40 years, Velaphi, is Zimbabwean. They tell us, "you don't talk about racism, you do something about it by confronting it with your very existence."

You will also be able to listen to stories from A Mile in My Shoes, our collaboration with the Empathy Museum for PIAF 2016. Listen to Dalwinder Singh, devoted Sikh and taxi driver who dedicates his spare time to engaging in conversations with strangers and increasing awareness about Sikhism. He believes that through conversation, we are able to break down barriers. Dianne Lawrence tells us about the challenges of being the mother of a transgender child, and how she's been on a journey of her own alongside her son. Jeremy Smith has achondroplasia, the cause of what is commonly known as dwarfism. He encourages people to ask questions about physical differences, so that we can increase the understanding and celebration of diversity in the world. Kaliyugan Pathmanathan fled the Sri Lankan civil war when he was a child. Years later, he came to Australia by boat as a refugee where he has made his home in Perth. He says he struggles to be happy knowing that there are still so many people who don't have freedom.

These stories and many more will available to listen to and watch at the Centre for Stories. Morning tea will be provided and our staff will be available if you would like to chat about what makes a good story or any story ideas you may have. 
We'd love to see you there!

Tuesday, March 07, 2017


don't cry, insects!
the world will get better
in its own time
ISSA 1825
naku na mushi naoru toki ni wa yo ga naoru
Good advice for trying times.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Hello Poetry Lovers
Come, Eat, Drink and Listen to Poetry,
put your feet up,
re-boot yourself with poetry
Read your poetry on the Open Mic.

Up Coming Features@THE DAN

Joe Dolce& Lin van Hek feb 25th
Kevin Brophy March 4th
Adrienne & Dragonfly March 11th (Chicago)
Sasha Cuha March 18th
Jeltje Fanoy & Friends March 25th

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SATURDAY Feb 25th                                

Dan Poets presents 
Joe Dolce and Lin Van Hek

with libby charlton as mc 

JOE DOLCE. Writer and performer of the most successful Australian song in history Shaddap You Face, a title held for 37 years straight. Poetry published in Best Australian Poems 2015 & 2014 and shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize and Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s Poetry Prize. Winner of the 25th Launceston Poetry Cup. Recipient of the Advance Australia Award. Presently on staff of the Australian Institute of Music, teaching Composition, Ensemble and setting poetry to music. Ginninderra Press is publishing his second poetry collection, ‘On Murray’s Run’, selected by Les Murray, in Oct, on his 70th birthday.

LIN VAN HEK. Published in Best Australian Poems 2015, Winner of the The Age Short Story Contest, founding member of the literary-music group DIFFICULT WOMEN. Writer of three novels: The Ballad of Siddy Church, Katherine Mansfield's Black Paper Fan and The Hanging Girl and two books of short stories: The Slain Lamb and Anna's Box. Co-writer, and lead singer, of the song, INTIMACY, included in the classic US sci-fi film, THE TERMINATOR one of 25 movies listed for preservation, by the US Library of Congress. In the last five years, she has been a prolific and successful painter, exhibiting at her gallery, Poet House, in Thornbury. Tomorrow, she is one of the guest readers at the 66th Women of Letters event at the Thornbury Theatre, at 2:30 pm

Dan Poets, every Saturday, 2-5pm.
Free Entry
Includes open mic.

Rotating MCs Anne, Libby, Norman and Steve.

Dan O'Connell Hotel, 225 Canning St Carlton.

Licensed premises. Kids welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.