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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

June 6th to celebrate World Environment Day

Centre for Stories in collaboration with Environmental Defender's Office WA is pleased to announce Dreaming Green: Envisioning a Sustainable Future Through Storytelling. 
Join us on June 6th to celebrate World Environment Day with light supper and drinks at Centre for Stories in the heart of Northbridge. We will be joined by three incredible speakers who will be sharing with us what sparked their passion for environmentalism and sustainability, and their stories since this defining moment. Profits from the event will go towards Environmental Defender's Office WA's crowdfunding campaign. 
SCOTT LUDLAM is the Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and the West Australian Greens representative in the Senate. He was born Palmerston North, New Zealand before moving to Western Australia to study design and later on, policy. He later became an anti-nuclear advocate in Western Australia before becoming increasingly involved in the WA Greens. 
KATE KELLY is the convener of the Save Beeliar Wetlands campaign group. She has worked tirelessly to oppose the Roe 8 highway extension, with great success. Kate is a mother of two and has lectured in sustainability at Murdoch University. 
Light supper will be provided and drinks available for purchase thanks to our generous sponsors: Nail BrewingFlora & Fauna Northbridge and Talijancich Wines
Get tickets!

Friday, May 19, 2017

'Breaking the Days’ shortlisted in Kenneth Slessor Prize

JJ Wall 1

Many congrats to Jill Jones for making the shortlist for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, part of the 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, for Breaking the Days (Whitmore Press).

Jill’s 2015 collection sits alongside those by other distinguished poets whose works have also been shortlisted: Peter Boyle, Paul Hetherington, Antigone Kefala, John Kinsella and Ellen van Neerven.

More details at the State Library of New South Wales website.

The winner of the $30,000 prize will be announced at the State Library on
22 May.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Major Poetry Prizes

Blake Poetry Prize 2017
With a first prize of $5,000, this year’s Blake Poetry Prize will be judged by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Mark Tredennick. Poems must be new works of 100 lines or less. Entry is $20, and entries close Friday 2 June. For more information and to enter, visit the website.
2017 Newcastle Poetry Prize
Entries are now open in the 2017 Newcastle Poetry Prize. First prize is $15,000. The line limit is 200 lines. Entries close Friday 30 June. Entry is online and costs $34. For more information, visit the Hunter Writers Centre website.


The 2017 Patron’s Prize for Poets Competition.
Poets of all ages and experience are encouraged to enter the competition. This national poetry competition has an open theme and entrants, who must be Australian residents, may submit poems up to a maximum of 50 lines. Entries must be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition. Closing date is 9th June 2017. Good luck to all who enter!

Saturday, May 13, 2017


The Blake Poetry Prize challenges Australian poets to explore the spiritual and religious in a new work of 100 lines or less.

The Blake Poetry Prize challenges Australian poets to explore the spiritual and religious in a new work of 100 lines or less.

From 2017 Liverpool City Library, in partnership with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, will deliver The Blake Poetry Prize as a biennial event. Liverpool City Library and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre will maintain the guiding principles of The Blake Poetry Prize in continuing to engage contemporary poets, both national and international, in conversations concerning faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and non-belief. The Blake Poetry Prize is an aesthetic means of exploring the wider experience of spirituality with the visionary imagining of contemporary poets.
The Blake Prize takes its name from William Blake, a poet and artist of undoubted genius, who integrated religious and artistic content in his work. The Blake Poetry Prize challenges contemporary poets of disparate styles to explore the spiritual and religious in a new work of 100 lines or less.
The Blake Poetry Prize is strictly non-sectarian. The entries are not restricted to works related to any faith or any artistic style, but all poems entered must have a recognisable religious or spiritual integrity.
To Apply: First, please pay your $20 entry fee. You will need the confirmation number when you fill out the entry form. Poems and entry forms may be sent by email to or hard copies may be submitted to: 

The Blake Poetry Prize
c/- Liverpool City Library
ATTN: Outreach Programs Coordinator
Locked Bag 7170
Liverpool BC NSW 1871

Please see entry form for all guidelines and conditions of entry.


Tuesday, May 02, 2017

POEM by Murray Jennings

for Andrew Burke

The past, it
can be a bastard
if you don’t
unlock its cage
and let it out
I’ve spent an age
starving it
Now watch it, about
to eat this page
and beg for more.

- Murray Jennings

From UWA Press - Longlisted for the MILES FRANKLIN AWARD

Extinctions by Josephine Wilson longlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award

It is with immense pleasure we announce that Extinctions by Josephine Wilson has been longlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Award. This is the first time a UWA Publishing book has been longlisted for the prize. 

Extinctions was the winning manuscript of our inaugural Dorothy Hewett Award, announced in February 2016 and published in November 2016. The novel follows curmudgeon Frederick Lothian as he grapples with old age, remorse and atonement, and his daughter, Caroline, who must answer complex questions of family and heritage. 
Josephine is a Perth-based writer of two novels, Cusp (UWA Publishing 2005) and Extinctions (UWA Publishing 2016), and a number of works for performance. She completed her Masters of Philosophy at Queensland University and PhD at the University of Western Australia. She is currently a sessional teacher of creative writing at Curtin University. 
On the longlisting, Josephine Wilson said, ‘Selection for a national award like the Miles Franklin is profoundly important to me. As a Western Australian writer published by a local publisher, it is often hard to be embraced by the national writing culture. I am so very grateful that my book has received this recognition, and am honoured to be included with my peers under the name of Miles Franklin.’
Terri-ann White, Director of UWA Publishing, stated, ‘I couldn’t be more thrilled for Josephine and my colleagues at UWA Publishing. This is a sophisticated and very savvy novel about people in their ordinary lives. It is also as funny as life itself.’
The Miles Franklin is widely recognised as the most prestigious literary award in Australia. Established by Miles Franklin, author of My Brilliant Career, in 1957, the prize is awarded annually to a novel of the highest literary merit that ‘presents Australian life in any of its phrases’. 
Western Australians who have won the Miles Franklin Literary Award include Kim Scott (2011), Tim Winton (2009, 2002, 1992, 1984), Elizabeth Jolley (1986), and Randolph Stow (1958). 
The shortlist will be announced on Sunday 18 June and the winner in August. 
This announcement coincides with the reopening of our Dorothy Hewett Award. The award is open for submissions until Tuesday 1 August. Please see our awards page on our website here for submission guidelines. The Dorothy Hewett Award is made possible by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. 
‘Josephine Wilson’s paragraphs and sentences have a rounded shape, in contrast to the currently fashionable way of writing, which tends to jagged, broken sentences. Her style encourages readers to savour each image and insight as it is revealed, without feeling that the narrative is constantly rushing forward to the next piece of “action”. Some would call this style old-fashioned; in my view it has a lot going for it.’ Sydney Morning Herald. 

To celebrate the longlisting of Extinctions for the Miles Franklin Award, we're offering free shipping worldwide on all purchases until Friday 5 May. 
Simply enter the code EXTINCTIONS at the online checkout to redeem this offer. 

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
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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)