Monday, August 31, 2015

from the desk of Geoff Page, Canberra -

Hello Poetry at The Gods supporters

Please don't ignore 'the prophets in your own country' on Septemer 8 (just on a week away)  featuring three Canberra poets, P.S. Cottier, Melinda Smith and Owen Bullock.

P.S. Cottier arrived in Canberra in 1991. Her recent books include the suite Selection Criteria for Death in Triptych Poets Issue 3 (Blemish Books 2012) and The Stars Like Sand:  Australian Speculative Poetry (edited with Tim Jones) (Interactive Press 2014).

Melinda Smith has published four collections, most recently Drag down to unlock or place an emergency call (Pitt St Poetry 2013). It won the 2014 PMs Literary Award. Her work has been widely anthologised — including multiple times in the Best Australian Poems series. She is currently poetry editor for the Canberra Times.

New Zealander Owen Bullock’s first collection is sometimes the sky isn’t big enough (Steele Roberts 2010). He’s also published two books of haiku and a novella. His editing credits include Kokako and Poetry NZ, along with several anthologies, most recently, Dazzled: The University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, 2014.
 The weather is starting to improve and it's going to be a good night. Please let me know if you'd like to join my table/s up the front or you may prefer to start your own table and book directly with The Gods on 6248 5538 or
Please note the start times i.e. dinner at 6 and readings at 7.30.  you may prefer to start your own table and book directly with The Gods on 6248 5538 or
All the best 
Other events of interest
Judith Crispin (The Myrrh-Bearers) launch by Philip Salom on Fri Sep 11 7pm Manning Clark House 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest

Oliver Sachs: On hearing he has terminal cancer

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Seamus Heaney Anniversary

Seamus Heaney
13 April 1939 – 30 August 2013

The Ulster Museum is marking the second anniversary of the death of Seamus Heaney by displaying, for the first time together, the first commissioned portrait of Heaney and the last portrait ever to be painted of the internationally celebrated poet and writer.

National Museums Northern Ireland's latest acquisition is Colin Davidson's Portrait of Seamus Heaney which was painted just months before Heaney's death in 2013.
The oil painting on canvas will be on display alongside Edward McGuire's Portrait of Seamus Heaney which was painted in 1974.

His last words – an SMS to his wife:
Nolle timere – be not afraid.


Poetry & Ideas BOOK LAUNCH

Friday, August 21, 2015

For Beautiful Music devotees - Jacqueline du Pre on ABC RN

Rarest Magic: Jacqueline du Pre, Sir John Barbirolli and the Elgar Cello Concerto

"She just gave herself up to the music. It's extreme playing, which touches people, it goes straight to the heart. Its was authentic, it was her." Diana McVeagh author of Elgar the Music Maker.
Written by Martin Buzacott
It's exactly 50 years this week since cellist Jacqueline du Pre, conductor Sir John Barbirolli and the London Symphony Orchestra gathered in Kingsway Hall, London to record what most people still regard as the definitive recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto. Released by EMI, it has never been out of the catalogue, the passion and intensity of the performance still speaking to audiences two generations later, and routinely appearing in lists of the greatest recordings of all time.
To mark the half-century, this special Music Makers feature traces the story behind the recording. And what a story that is, going back to the last year of the First World War, 1918, when Elgar was 61. After going into hospital for a tonsillectomy, Elgar awoke from the anaesthetic and began sketching a musical theme. It was to become his last full-scale orchestral work, the Cello Concerto in E minor, filled with nostalgia and regret but also arguably his personal favourite among all his works. He once remarked to a friend that if ever they were wandering England's Malvern Hills and they heard that theme on the breeze, not to be alarmed, it was only him, Elgar, humming it!
The work's premiere under the composer in 1919 was a disaster owing to lack of rehearsal time, but playing in the LSO that fateful night was a 19-year-old cellist named John Barbirolli. Two years later Barbirolli played it himself as soloist, but his future lay not as a cellist, but as possibly the greatest Elgar conductor of them all.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cordite 53: Submission NOW OPEN

Submission to Cordite 53: THE END Open!

19 August 2015
Pam Brown
Poetry for Cordite 53: THE END is guest-edited by Pam Brown. Read Corey Wakeling’s interview of Pam from 2012.

Let me start at the very end, the dead end, the living end, at wit’s end, the end of the line. Whether you dread the end or can’t wait for it, the questions are: ‘When to stop? How to finish? Where does it ever end?’

As the forever-quoted Samuel Beckett wrote in Endgame, ‘The end is the beginning and yet you go on’. Game over, lights out, end of story – please send poems on THE END.

Please submit only once, with a maximum of three (3) poems in one (1) document … but first, please read the submission guidelines.

Artists don't know how important they are ...


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

From New England Writer's Centre

Thunderbolt Prize

From deep inside legendary bushranger territory, the New England Writers’ Centre is urging you to stand and deliver your writing!
In 2015, NEWC has six prizes on offer for crime writers,
including a prize for Emerging Writers who have not yet been published and a brand new Youth category for writers under 18.

All genres of crime writing are eligible, from hard-boiled to comic, paranormal to rural, noir to cosy. Entries welcome from anywhere in Australia.

Entries open: 9th of March, 2015
Entries close: 24th of August, 2015

The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Fiction

First Prize: $500

for a story up to 2,500 words

sponsored by The School of Arts, University of New England

 The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Non-fiction

First Prize: $500

for an article up to 2,500 words

sponsored by The Armidale Express

The New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Poetry

First Prize: $500

for a poem up to 60 lines

sponsored by
Armidale Dumaresq Memorial Library and the New England Writers' Centre

The New England Award

$250 for the best entry in any category by a resident of New England

sponsored by Reader’s Companion Bookshop, Armidale.

Emerging Authors Award

$250 for the best entry in any category by a new, unpublished writer (over 18)

sponsored by the
Friends of Tamworth Libraries

Youth Award

$150 for the best entry in any category by writers aged under 18.

Sponsored by Granny Fi's Toy Cupboard, Armidale.
The stuff you need to know...

It's pretty easy really!
Entries open: 9th of March, 2015
Entries close: 24th of August, 2015

$10 per entry

1. Download the entry form below (and read it!)
2. Write your story
3. Send it in!
File Size: 192 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File

And thank

Monday, August 17, 2015

On Writing - by Natalie Simpson

I don’t know how to write at home anymore. My home is so unpeopled – it’s a place of busy work and distraction, of cooking and tidying, of immersion into books and blogs and shows. Home is for the steady work of editing and formatting, the after-writing.

Writing for me takes place in a buzz of public enactment, through claiming quiet space amid cacophony. Writing is learning how to block out other people’s conversations, to hew to the page. I write only at tables, in coffee shops, pubs, occasionally airports or food courts. I write where the social conventions of staking out an interest in a chair and table or countertop prohibit wandering. To be in public is to be rooted and employed – if not in eating or speaking, then in reading and writing. I need to be bound in to write. I need blinkers.

Continue reading the Ottawa Poetry Newsletter

ED: Oh, I seem too easily distracted to work in a café or library. I take notes when I'm out and about, sure, but write something longer only alone. Is it a man/woman thing? I've noticed women in workshops happily write in the company of each other, while the men shrink from it or write 'out of character'.

Saturday, August 15, 2015



Monk/Mingus fundraiser gig
for the Friends of the School of Music
Thurs Aug 27 7.30 Band Room
Bookings are now open for the Friends of the School of Music fund-raising jazz concert, Mingus, Monk and More, on Thursday 27 August at 7:30pm in the Big Band Room, Peter Karmel Building, at the School of Music

The format will be similar to last year, with a cabaret feel and cash bar in the room. There will be tables at the front for the first 30-35 bookings, with numbered allocated seating on a first-come, first-served basis. The proceeds will be used by the Friends to support grants to students for activities such as master classes, CD production, participation in competitions e

The program will feature 
  • the Hugo Lee Quartet, Hugo on alto saxophone, with Jack Schwenke (trombone), Alec Brinsmead (drums/percussion), Ben Forte (guitar)
  • the Rose Costi Quartet, Rose on vocalswith Ben Forte, Brendan Keller-Tuberg (bass), Alec Brinsmead;
  • the Johannes Luebbers Quintetwith special guests; and
  • the ANU Jazz Collective.

They will be playing the music of Thelonius Monk and Charlie Mingus, and some of their own compositions inspired by these great jazz musicians. This year the concert's artistic director is Johannes Luebbers, convenor of the jazz program, who arrived at the School early in 2015

Do not miss this opportunity to hear some old favourites and some new work and new performers.

Reserved seating can be obtained by emailing Annie Oakey at: with details of an EFT payment to Friends ( BSB 012950 Account No 451018883 with your name and ‘jazz’ in the reference line) or Credit card number plus details. Cheques plus details have to be sent to The Treasurer, FSM, Building 100, ANU ACT 0200. Tickets will be sent by email whenever possible.
No bookings will be taken after 5.00 pm 1 day before the concert, however tickets will be available for purchase at the door (please bring cash). Tickets $25 adults, $20 members of the Friends, $10 students

TUESDAY, 18 August, 7:30pm
Luke Sweeting 'Grey Wing'  trio CD launch at the Loft on TUESDAY, 18 August, 7:30pm
THE LOFT - Upper Meeting Room at Majura Medical Centre, Dickson
$15 on the door
featuring Luke Sweeting, piano
Ken Allars, trumpet
Finn Ryan, drums

Friday, August 14, 2015

OVERLAND Magazine News

VU Short Story Prize closes 31 August!
Don't forget, the Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers is open for entries until the end of August. There's $8000 of prize money available to win and you only need to write 3000 words!
This year, it's open to all writers from Australia and New Zealand who have no more than one book under their belt. We're also offering a great discount on a year's subscription for all entrants. 
Read the entry guidelines, just to confirm eligibility, then submit away!
Could you be Overland’s next poetry editor?
After almost five years of shaping Overland’s poetics, our gifted poetry editor Peter Minter will be finishing up his editorship with the first issue of 2016. As such, Overland is seeking a new poetry editor for its print magazine.
We’re looking for poetry readers, too
Overland is also looking to start a team of poetry readers. This volunteer position only requires a time commitment of a few hours per month. As the poetry will be read and assessed online, the applicant can be based anywhere in Australia and New Zealand.



Thursday, August 13, 2015

Auckland poet fights for his writes against council bylaws


David Merritt is a beloved figure on the K'Road stretch
David Merritt is a beloved figure on the K'Road stretch

An Auckland poet with an unconventional way of presenting poetry on Karangahape Road says beggars have more rights on the city's streets than he does.

Auckland Council has told David Merritt to stop selling his small hand-made publications of poetry from recycled material on K'Road.

He has been selling them outside St Kevin's Arcade on the strip for seven years and is a well known figure on the street.

He launched a petition in protest after the council told him he was in breach of the city's bylaws.
"Banned by officious Auckland city council compliance redtape," he wrote on the Facebook event for a protest event.

"Standing up for my rights as a street performance artist. A beggar has more legal recourse than me."
Max Wilde, the manager of Bylaws and Compliance at Auckland Council, said they are working with Merritt to "facilitate" a way he can share his love of poetry with the public without falling foul of the city's bylaws.

The problem is that Merritt is regarded as a street trader selling his books which has rules around it, whereas if he was simply reading his poetry to passers-by he would be classed a busker, there is less redtape.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Axel Clark Literary Oration with Robert Adamson at Manning Clark House

THE GRACE OF ACCURACYInfluence, Imagination & Reality, A Life in Poetry

If poetry can change a life, it can change a world. What influences converge in the composition of a poem?  Wallace Stevens suggested ‘The imagination (was) the one reality  in this imagined world’.   When Robert Lowell wanted to create ‘something imagined, not recalled’  he discovered ‘Those blessèd structures, plot and rhyme’ were of no help to him. In this lecture I will outline my development as a poet, how I came to write my first poem, and the first book that led to another twenty volumes.  The inspiration came from many people, places books and works of art, not least the pain and joy contained in these lines from Hart Crane’s The Broken Tower: ‘And so it was I entered the broken world/ To trace the visionary company of love, its voice an instant in the wind’.

Robert Adamson lives with his partner, photographer Juno Gemes, on the Hawkesbury River to the north of Sydney in Australia. Born in 1943, he grew up in Neutral Bay, a harbourside suburb of Sydney. During a tumultuous youth, he found his way to poetry, and over the past five decades he has produced twenty books of poetry and three books of prose. From 1970 to 1985 he was the driving force behind New Poetry, Australia’s cutting-edge poetry magazine, and in 1987, with Gemes, he established Paper Bark Press. He has won the major Australian poetry awards, including the Christopher Brennan Prize for lifetime achievement, the Patrick White Award, and The Age Book of the Year Award for The Goldfinches of Baghdad (Flood Editions, 2006). The Victorian Premeir’s Poetry Award for The Golden Bird ( Black Inc 2009) He currently holds the Chair in Poetry at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Monday 17 August 2015, 6:00pm at National Library of Australia. 
Entry $15/$10 (concession), MCH members free. All payments at the door.   
For enquires please contact us at or 02-6295 1808
Parkes ACT, Australia



Tuesday, August 11, 2015

POSITION VACANT: Business Development Manager


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Sydney's Ensemble Thetare - New Artistic Director, New Season Schedule

Mark Kilmurry reveals first Ensemble season as solo artistic director

Mark Kilmurry has revealed an eclectic line-up of plays for his first season as the sole artistic director of Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre. After 30 years, artistic director Sandra Bates is retiring, leaving the company to Kilmurry, who was appointed her co-artistic director in 2011.
Ensemble’s audience mightn’t feel like anything has changed when the season kicks off with a new comedy by Ensemble mainstay David Williamson, Jack of Hearts. Directed by Williamson himself, it will be a star-studded production with Brooke Satchwell, Caroline Craig, and the Chaser’s Craig Reucassel and Chris Taylor (pictured above).
“It’s a good match and a good way of bringing different areas of entertainment together, and I really like that idea,” Kilmurry says.
The season also features a revival of Ensemble’s touring hit Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks with the company’s original cast Todd McKenney and Nancye Hayes. It will play a short season at the Chatswood Concourse theatre, a larger space than Ensemble’s Kirribilli theatre, which has been used by the company to extend in-demand seasons in recent years.
“I keep saying ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’, which I think is right,” Kilmurry says. “At the same time, I’d like to explore developing the Ensemble into slightly different areas, especially with developments with other theatre companies, and just taking our product and see how we can expand and develop it into something a bit new without altering what we already do.”


There are the Sydney premieres of recent international critically-acclaimed hits: Nina Raine’s Tribes, James Graham’s A History of Falling Things and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People. And in addition to new Australian plays The Big Dry and Jack of Hearts, the company is staging the Sydney premiere of playwright and journalist Jane Cafarella’s e-baby, starring Angie Milliken. The play, about surrogacy, had its world premiere at Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel earlier this year to strong reviews.
In the mix are also several classics, including Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking and Harold Pinter’s Betrayal (below), which Kilmurry will direct.
He says that audiences don’t necessarily come to a Pinter play for a “fun night out”, but that they shouldn’t be too daunted by the playwright’s idiosyncrasies.
“He’s always thought of as being a stylised playwright, which of course he isn’t,” Kilmurry says. “His language is used in a particular way and fashion. When Pinter is done well, I think it’s relevant and you believe in the people speaking those lines .You don’t have to do anything with it. You don’t need to make it eerie or insert long pauses.”
Betrayal has a top-shelf cast with Guy Edmonds, Ursula Mills and Matthew Zeremes.


Monday, August 10, 2015

10 Best Novels by Poets

Poet and novelist Naja Marie Aidt's latest is the novel Rock, Paper, Scissors, an engrossing and sharp-edged look at a ... And it is such a merciless place: there is nothing worse than a bad poem, and I feel it hardens me up as a writer ...
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Sunday, August 09, 2015

Door Does Impression of Miles Davis

Newly revamped H& - Great 'visual' edition

h& : Gary Barwin, J4, Rob Flint, Lawrence Upton and Sheila E. Murphy
Posted on: August 6, 2015 @ 6:43 pm

Gary Barwin, J4, Rob Flint, Lawrence Upton and Sheila E. Murphy have new
work in the newly-revamped h&, alongside work by Robert Swereda, Natalie
Lauchlan, Amanda Earl, Eileen R. Tabios, a rawlings, bruno neiva, Mark
Young, Ken Hunt, and Joel Chase.

Currently seeking submissions of visual/concrete poetry for future posts.

The prior iteration of this journal was barely distributed, and [...]

To read more, visit the The Poetics List 2.0 at:

Friday, August 07, 2015

Bob Dylan - New Jersey - April 1997

And it's good night from me ...

UWA Publishing and ABC Perth invite you to a Forum


The Dorothy Hewett Award Writers Forum: an opportunity for Perth-based writers


UWA Publishing and 720 ABC Perth invite you to our Writers Forum...

On 24 July we launched the inaugural Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. To celebrate, UWA Publishing and 720 ABC Perth will be hosting a forum to allow writers the opportunity to gain greater insight into literary awards, the publishing process, and Western Australian writing.
Join presenter Gillian O'Shaughnessy, author Amanda Curtin and Director of UWA Publishing Terri-ann White for a lively discussion and Q&A. Audience members will have a chance to ask those burning questions about the Dorothy Hewett Award, which is currently open for submissions
Date: Thursday 13th August
Time: 5:45pm for a 6pm start
Venue: ABC studios, 30 Fielder St East Perth
RSVP: Email your full name, phone number and how many seats you'd like to reserve to
Not in WA? Not a problem! We will be live tweeting discussion points from the event and posting a summary on our new blog, Marginalia. If you'd like to ask our panelists a question but can't make it to the forum, tweet and tag us @uwapublishing, and we'll do our best to source the answers on the day!

Love your Bookshop! Saturday 8th August

National Bookshop Day

Presented by Australian Booksellers Assocation

Saturday 8th of August 2015 - All Day

Phone - 03 9859 7322
Event information -
Cost - $FREE
Event address - At participating bookshops nationally

National Bookshop Day promotes local bookshops - #LoveYourBookshop
Celebrate National Bookshop Day at your local bookshop on Saturday 8th August 2015.
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Thursday, August 06, 2015

'Stan Cooper' - poem by Max Richards

Next door when I was thirteen
Stan was the blind man in his shed
weaving baskets on his own.

Suntanned back and chest, wiry arms,
he did his best for rows of beans,
potatoes, tomatoes - Look at these!

turning them in horny fingers,
feeling for blight. Ripe! juicy!
Those damn white butterflies!

He’d tap tap his way to the bus
twice a week maybe, visiting
mates at the Blind Institute;

on the way back drank beer
in some dim pub or other -
everywhere was dim, he told me -

fuelling a two-voice barney that night
with his sharp-eyed sharp-tongued wife.
He’d back off, to his dark shed, its roof

strewn with spread sheaves of wicker-canes
delivered for him to moisten
and soften up there till weaving-time.

The same van took away good baskets,
sources of pride but not much income.
His little brown bakelite radio

wired to a shed-top aerial
was tuned loud to Parliament
in Wellington, good for him

to abuse the Tories, grumble
at Labour’s ineffectiveness.
Don’t they remember the Thirties?!

How can they trust the banks?!
Don’t they dare touch Social
Security! The Pacific’s just

a pond now for the U.S. Navy.
They’ll want the Antarctic next.
Untravelled, unread, un-sighted,

Stan had wide horizons, taught me
a thing or two - offered me weaving
lessons. Thanks, Stan, no thanks -

his swearing (‘bloody bitch’) irked Mum.
I didn’t fancy horny work hands
or all the Parliamentary barneys.

I’d go back to my books, Latin
for Today, New Zealand Our Country -
nothing there about banks.

- Max Richards
 [Owairaka 1950; Seattle 2015]

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Clive Palmer to headline Queensland Poetry Festival

Clive Palmer will relive his days as a bard with a public reading of his youthful verse at the Queensland Poetry Festival later this month.

The businessman and federal MP will headline the event alongside renowned poet Les Murray, Quan Yeomans from Regurgitator and Damian Cowell from cult heroes TISM.

Festival co-director Annie Te Whiu said Mr Palmer was on the event's must-have list after he read excerpts from his 1981 book of poetry entitled Dreams, Hopes and Reflections on the ABC program Kitchen Cabinet.

WESTERLY: August Subscription Drive

For the month of August, Westerly will be offering a free copy of Issue 60.1 with all subscriptions. Help support Australian writing and grab some free mid-winter reading while you are at it!
This offer means you receive three copies for the price of two, just $15 a copy...
For more details, see here.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Enter now: 2016 Blackened Billy Verse Competition

You are invited to enter the 2016 Blackened Billy Verse Competition.

    PO BOX 3001 WEST TAMWORTH  2340

Organisers of The Blackened Billy Verse Competition

 After our exciting Silver Anniversary year in 2015, which was won by Brenda Joy of Charters Towers, we now settle back around the campfire and see what wonderful poetry the billy can bubble up for 2016.

 Writers of Bush Verse are invited to compete in the 2016 Blackened Billy Verse Competition.

 First Prize is $600 plus the much loved Blackened Billy Trophy, Second prize is $300 and Third prize is $200.

 Bush poetry is a traditional type of verse written with rhyme and rhythm that reflects the Australian way of life.  The genre has widened in recent years to encompass modern living in both the city and the bush.

Look for writing Tips on the Australian Bush Poets Assn website

Tamworth Poetry Reading Group welcomes entries from new and old writers. Entry forms will be available from September 1.

Write to Jan Morris

PO Box 3001

West Tamworth

or email

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Issa Haiku

 a windbreak
in the winter withering...
mountain home

- Issa 1792

fuyugare ni kazayoke tsukuru yamaga kana