Friday, January 27, 2017


Twenty Questions with Joyce Carol Oates

INTENSE Poetry Workshop with Les Wicks

– poetry workshop with Les Wicks-
nearly 6 hours plus substantial prior editorial work in an extraordinary locale.
Venue: Community Hall, Dangar Island
Sunday 26 March 10.45 to 5.00 with a 30” break for lunch (vegetarian, included in price).
This template has been a complete charge for everyone. One of the country’s leading poetry facilitators will be giving a workshop in Sydney.
This project will consist of three components.
Everyone gets in advance a strategy sheet on editing their work. Then, participants will send four poems (maximum 30 lines each) to 14 days prior to the workshop. The poems with commentary will be distributed to the participants four days prior to their workshop. Participants should bring a copy of the entire commentary document to the workshop.
On the day of the workshop we will work intensively through each participant’s poems building on prior suggestions and experiencing a dynamic interplay of ideas/insights.
Should they so wish, participants will have a chance to have a piece published in the e-mag Australian Poetry Collaboration, which is widely read and archived by the National Library’s Pandora.
It is strictly limited to only 7 attendees.
Bookings must be made by 27 February.
Cost $90.
Getting there: train Hawkesbury River or drive Brooklyn. Ferry departs at 10am. Fares 7.40 or 3.70 Conc. each way. Arrive early/leave later - wander through this unique community, have a swim!
Further details & booking:

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

New Poem


Memory is the mothership.
I wash and rinse the pots and pans,
remembering the scraggly tall
European refugees working
in the kitchen of the boarding school
I went to in the Fifties. I can’t
remember ever knowing their names
yet here they work, crusty aprons on
and giant silver trays glinting
as they walk toward the spreading tree
where we queue in the shade, hungry
as growing boys can be, and take
one gigantic slice of fresh baked bread
spread with strawberry jam. Ah,
that jam! Memory
is the mothership that lowers
its gangplank under the tree where
we sit hurriedly eating the first slice,
hoping for seconds.

-          Andrew Burke

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Poet Jacob Polley wins 2016 TS Eliot Prize for Jackself, 'a firework of a book'



Join Rita Tognini, Meryl Manoy, Sally Gaunt, Carol Millner, Jan Napier, Mina Wallis, Andrew Levett, Coral Carter, Ros Franklin, Hessom Razavi, Derek Fenton, Mike Pedrana, Mike T, Jackson, Danny Gunzburg, Christine Della Vedova, Gary De Piazzi, Steve Finch and SPM for an evening of poetry and music with MC, Mar Bucknell.

Saturday 21st January
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Scarborough Library Amphitheatre
173 Gildercliffe St. Scarborough.

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Sunset Poetry is part of the Summerset Arts Festival and is supported by the City of Stirling

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Announcing the inaugural Australian Poetry & NAHR Eco-Poetry Award

                 In partnership with the Nature, Art & Habitat Residency (NAHR), Australian Poetry is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity available exclusively to Australian Poetry subscribers – the inaugural NAHR Eco-Poetry Award (July 2017).

This prize is to be conferred to a single Australian poet currently subscribed to Australian Poetry who is able to take up residency (alone, or with a companion) in the village of Sottochiesa, Taleggio Valley, northern Italy over the month of July 2017.

All residency fees are waived, however it remains the responsibility of the winner to make their own way to and from Taleggio.

Set in northern Italy and situated in the heart of the Orobie Alps, the NAHR program offers a lively space to think and create, collaborate and interact. Our residents take full advantage of the surrounding natural landscapes as well as Italy’s rich material culture, which combines vernacular traditions with innovative approaches to space and place, people and their communities.
Further information on the NAHR program can be obtained here.

Alongside a project proposal outlining creative activities to be undertaken during the month’s residency in Taleggio (no more than one page), those interested in applying for this award are requested to submit a folio of up to five poems (no more than 200 lines in total) relating to habitat, ecology, biodiversity, space and place, the Anthropocene, culture and identity.

Please note, in order to apply for the residency, applicants must be current subscribers to Australian Poetry. If you are not currently a subscriber, the easiest way to subscribe is online.
To apply, please complete an application form and submit (alongside your folio of work and a project proposal) by Friday 10th February 2016.

Find the form here: APPLICATION FORM

The award will be announced by Friday 17th March, and results are to be published on the Australian Poetry website and newsletter.