Saturday, June 28, 2014

Walleah Press and the Author invite you to Book Launch for 'One Hour Seeds Another'

Friday, June 27, 2014

Bangarra's 25th Anniversary: PATYEGARANG


13 JUNE 2014 – 12 JULY 2014

Venue: Drama Theatre  View Seat Map
Presented by: Bangarra Dance Theatre 


Thursday, June 26, 2014

QPF 2014 Program

Festival Program

In 2014 we celebrate 18 years for Queensland Poetry Festival : spoken in one strange word in a spectacular weekend from Friday 29 – Sunday 31 August 2014 at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. Featuring over forty artists across twenty sessions over three days. With exciting collaborations, installations, music, workshops, performance, and much more, this festival is not to be missed!

The entire weekend is totally FREE, and tickets to opening night Needlepoints of Light start from $15, through theJudith Wright Centre.

Download the full program: QPF 2014 Program

La Mama lifts the lid on Gen Y


June 25 - July 6 @ La Mama Theatre

Think Gen Y are a bunch of lazy whinging privileged inarticulate shallow douchebags? It’s crossed our minds too, even though we’re talking about ourselves.
What happens when life throws you a serious curve ball but you are unable to talk about it? This group of young people find themselves in a situation which will lead you to re-examine your ideas of Gen Y and our ability to navigate and tell our own story. It’s pretty f*cked.

Written by Phoebe Anne Taylor
Directed by James Shaw
Performed by Hannah Bolt, Siobhan Connors, Lisa Divissi, Isabel Hertaeg,
Eben Rojter
 and Phoebe Anne Taylor

More info, including performance times HERE

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Paraprosdokians (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.
 1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.
 2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list.
3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.
5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
 6. War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit . . . Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
 8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism.  To steal from many is research.
 9. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
10. In filling out an application, where it says, 'In case of emergency, Notify:' I put  'DOCTOR'.
11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy .
12. You do not need a parachute to skydive.  You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
 13. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.
14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
15. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
16. You're never too old to learn something stupid.
17. I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.
Spread the Laughter
Share the Cheer
Let's Be Happy
While We're here!!

Making light of dark matter ...

Fiona KatauskasFiona Katauskas' work has also appeared in ABC's The DrumNew Matilda, The Sydney Morning HeraldThe AgeThe AustralianThe Financial Review and Scribe's Best Australian political cartoon anthologies.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Paper! Paper! It's only paper ...

Keep saying to yourself, "IT'S PAPER!!! IT'S REALLY PAPER?"  Yes, it's only paper.
But wait til you see it.  Absolutely amazing.

Turning Poetry into Film: New Competition

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A new poetry competition for mindshare… turning poetry into short film.
mindshare are the 2014 recipients of Arts SA’s Strategic Community Partnership : Community Grant working with the Media Resource Centre and Access 2 Arts. As part of this project we are inviting poets, writers and individuals with lived experience of a mental health issue to submit a poem, which is between 16 and 40 lines.  You may also submit a poem or suite of poems to the maximum length of 40 lines.
A suite of poems is a number of short poems on the same theme, these poems are often numbered or have separate subtitles.
We are seeking good poetry on any theme for this competition and you may enter up to five poems with the competition closing on the 14th of July.
Our judge Jude Aqulina will select 8 poems from a diverse range of applicants. The winners of this competition will then be invited to take part in a digital story workshop in which they will turn their poetry into short films working with the Media Resource Centre.
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(images are from the award winning short film Regeneration)
Winning applicants must be available to take part in the final workshops to bring their words to life (details are below):
Warm Up Session 3 to 6pm on Friday 8 August 2014 (All participants)
Workshop Session Day 1 : 10am to 4pm Friday 15 August (All participants)
Workshop Session Day 2 (Group 1 : 4 of the participants) 10am to 4pm Saturday 16 August
Workshop Session Day 3 (Group 2 : 4 of the participants) 10am to 4pm Sunday 17 August
Screening for the participants, family and friends : date TBC (All participants)
Closing Date: Monday 14 July 2014
To download a registration form please click the format below:
Enquiries to:
P: 0406 980 962
Mindshare would like to thank the MHCSA, Arts SA and Access 2 Arts.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Milky Way through the Hubble

What a fun site!

Ambit Poetry Competition 2014: Poets Under the Influence

First Prize: £500. Head Judge: Roddy Lumsden

Do you like to write outside, inside, or off your head? Scrawling ink across paper, or scribbling in bed? Is it nature, is it nurture? Anything goes – from interpretations, translations, and fevered type. Whether you’re influenced by another poet (living or dead), music, sport, art or experience, show us your brilliance, and stand a chance to win cash, publication, and priceless Ambit hype.
What’s your influence? Send us your best poems and we’ll see who gets our hearts racing.
Judges: Roddy Lumsden, award-winning poet and editor of Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets.
Declan Ryan, Faber New Poet and Ambit poetry editor.
The competition will run from June 10th until the deadline of July 31st, and winners will be announced on September 1st. There’s only a 7 week window, so get submitting!
Submissions can be made either via our submissions portal or by post.
Each submission costs £5. With 6 UK or 8 Overseas submissions, you’ll receive a free year’s subscription to Ambit Magazine.
All judging will be done anonymously.


1st place – £500
2nd place – £250
3rd place – £100
The three winning entries will also be published in issue 218 of Ambit Magazine. The winners will be invited to read alongside Roddy Lumsden at the launch of the issue on October 22nd 2014 in London.

Rules and regulations

1. All entries must be the original work of the author.
2. The competition is open to anyone, of any nationality, aged 16 or over.
3. All judging will be done anonymously, so no names or addresses should appear anywhere on your poems.
4. If your entry is under the influence of another poet/writer, please write ‘After [author’s name]’ beneath the title.
5. Poems must not have been previously published, either in print or online – this includes self-publishing and blogs.
6. There is no minimum line requirement, but poems must not exceed 42 lines.
7. All entries must be written in English. Translations into English are accepted and encouraged, but the poem must be marked as ‘Translation’.
8. No simultaneous submissions – any poem published or placed elsewhere after submitting to the competition will be disqualified.
9. Each entry costs £5. With 6 entries you’ll receive a free year’s subscription to Ambit.
10. The winning entries will be announced on September 1st.
11. The decision of the judges is final.

Guide to Postal Submissions

Postal submissions must include with a cheque made out to Ambit. Each submitted poem costs £5.
Poems must come with a cover sheet, which will contain your name, postal address and email address. If you do not have an email address, please include an SAE with UK stamps. As the judging will be done anonymously, absolutely no names or addresses should appear on the individual poems.
The competition deadline is July 31st. Only submissions postmarked on or before that date will be accepted.
Send your postal submissions to: Staithe House, Main Road, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk, PE31 8BP, UK.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Maya Angelou's Best Poem - according to some ...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ... enough money within her control to move out
and rent a place of her own,
even if she never wants to or needs to...
something perfect to wear if the employer,
or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour...
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE .. a youth she's content to leave behind....
a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to
retelling it in her old age....
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra...
one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry...
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ....... a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family...
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems,
and a recipe for a meal,
that will make her guests feel honored...
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE .. a feeling of control over her destiny.....
how to fall in love without losing herself..
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW... how to quit a job,
break up with a lover,
and confront a friend without;
ruining the friendship....
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW.... when to try harder... and WHEN TO WALK AWAY... 

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW... that she can't change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..
that her childhood may not have been perfect...but it's over...
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW... what she would and wouldn't do for love or more.....
how to live alone... even if she doesn't like it...
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW.. . whom she can trust,
whom she can't,
and why she shouldn't take it personally...
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW... where to go...
be it to her best friend's kitchen table..
or a charming Inn in the woods...
when her soul needs soothing...
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW... What she can and can't accomplish in a day...
a month...and a year.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

How to Call Politicians to Account

                   Proposals to make politicians and bureaucrats shoulder their share of the weight now that the Age of Entitlement is over

                   1. Scrap political pensions. 

                            Politicians can purchase their own retirement plan, just as most other working  Australians are expected to do.
                   2. Retired politicians (past, present & future) participate in Centrelink. 

                           A Politician collects a substantial salary while in office but should receive no salary when they're out of office.
                           Terminated politicians under 70 can go get a job or apply for Centrelink unemployment benefits like ordinary Australians.
                           Terminated politicians under 70 can negotiate with Centrelink like the rest of the Australian people.

                   3. Funds already allocated to the Politicians' retirement fund be returned immediately to Consolidated Revenue.
This money is to be used to pay down debt they created which they expect us and our grandchildren to repay for them. 
                   4. Politicians will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Politicians pay will rise by the lower of, either the CPI or 3%.

                   5. Politicians lose their privileged health care system and participate in the same health care system as ordinary Australian people. 

                            i.e. Politicians either pay for private cover from their own funds or accept ordinary Medicare.
                   6. Politicians must equally abide by all laws they impose on the Australian people.

                   7. All contracts with past and present Politicians men/women are void effective 31/12/14. 

                           The Australian people did not agree to provide perks to Politicians, that burden was thrust upon them.
                           Politicians devised all these contracts to benefit themselves.
                           Serving in Parliament is an honour not a career.
                           The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so our politicians should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.
If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people, then it will only take three or so days for most Australians to receive the message. Don't you think it's time?

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX Parliament and help bring fairness back into this country! 

Friday, June 20, 2014

2014 ACU Literature Prize

A reminder that entries for the 2014 ACU Literature Prize are open! First prize is $7000, and the comp is open to all Australian residents and any international student currently studying at an Australian university. 
Closes 7 July -

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Poems for the Millennium, Volume 5: A First Announcement by Black Widow Press of the Forthcoming Publication

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Adolf Wölfli: The Dragon Rock-Trimbach Railway Foot & Traffic Bridge (from From the Cradle to the Graave [1909])
For release October 2014                                                                                                                                  
Black Widow Press                                                                                                                                                
ISBN: 978-0-9960079-9-3                                                                                                                              
650 pages. $35.00

POEMS FOR THE MILLENNIUM, VOLUME 5: Barbaric Vast & Wild: An Assemblage of Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present
Edited with commentaries by Jerome Rothenberg and John Bloomberg-Rissman

Barbaric Vast & Wild is a continuation and a possible culmination of the project that began with Jerome Rothenberg's Technicians of the Sacred in 1968 and led to the first four volumes of Poems for the Millennium in the 1990s and 2000s. In this new and equally groundbreaking volume, Rothenberg and John Bloomberg-Rissman have assembled a wide-ranging gathering of poems and related language works, whose outside/outsider and subterranean/subversive positions challenge some of the boundaries to where poetry has been or may be practiced, as well as the form and substance of the poetry itself. It also extends the time frame of the preceding volumes in Poems for the Millennium, hoping to show that, in all places and times, what the dominant culture has taken as poetry has only been part of the story.

Divided into four "books" - Visions, Voices, Extensions, and Performance - Barbaric Vast & Wild brings together on a global and historical scale - from the paleolithic caves to the immediate present - works from the hieratic and sacred to the mundane and the radically transgressive and politically subversive. The range here is enormous: Egyptian pyramid texts, biblical prophecies, pre-Socratic poet-philosophers, Buddhist wanderers and "divine madmen," along with poems and related language works from dialects and "nation languages," thieves' cants and other argots or vernaculars, working class and lumpen poetries, popular and newspaper poetry, sermons and rants, glossolalia and glossographia, slogans, graffiti, private writings (journals and diaries) or semi-private (correspondence, blogs, or social- networkings), and the "art of the insane" (Art Brut) that marked the early turning of avant-garde artists and poets to the idea of an "outside" poetry and art.

Writes Charles Bernstein of this latest addition to Poems for the Millennium:

Barbaric Vast and Wild is the crowning jewel of the Poems for the Millennium series, just that it proposes a deep othering of the entire project, a movement beyond the radically reconceived visionary canon of poetic invention to an unchartered realm beyond any literary canon formation, from Blake's chartered streets to something that proposes a reimaging of the literary in its re-grounding in the uncharted. … The fact is that the mad eclecticism of this anthology is its greatest virtue - it moves in leaps and bounds, like Nijinsky on peyote. It defies any category previously existing and yet as a reader I feel I get it, get it again, and get it over and again, as I am pulled in different directions. In a way, this book works, even more than Rothenberg's other anthologies, as an epic poem - along the lines of a work, as Walter Benjamin imagined, composed just of quotations. The constellation - or set of constellations - is stunning and unexpected - the connections are themselves visionary or outside rational historical plotting. What this does is to make a book magically readable - not a text book, not a succession of cultural touchstones you "ought" to know, but an autonomous reading experience that changes everything page by page.

And Michael Davidson:

"Rothenberg, and his co-editor, John Bloomberg-Rissman, now turn their attention to poets who may not have thought of themselves as poets, poems that blur into image and calligraphy, texts that aspire to the condition of disappearance. Various terms for such work come to mind – avant garde, art brut, outsider art, "folk" poetry, "subterranean." … By bringing together texts from heretical religious traditions, inhabitants of mental institutions, folk or isolated cultures and placing them alongside poetry by more canonical poets who were themselves at times estranged or mad makes for a much more diverse, complex way of looking at the meaning of "outsider" art."