Poets Union news

posted Sep 4, 2009, 1:38 AM by John Tranter   [ updated Sep 16, 2009, 4:42 PM ]
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Dear Poets Union members and friends,

Your ideas, submissions and suggestions are invited

for the 2010 Australian Poetry Festival

Inventing the Tradition – the Seventh Australian Poetry Festival

3, 4, 5 September 2010

  1. Do you or your poetry group have a poetry project (reading, workshop, special event) you would like to see incorporated in the umbrella program of the 2010 Australian Poetry Festival? 

The Poets Union invites members to submit a proposal for a poetry event to be included in the umbrella program of the festival. Events can be held anywhere in Australia but preference will be given to regional events. This is a chance to be part of a national festival, to promote poetry in your region, to receive some funding for your event, and to access the email and website listings of the festival program as a way of publicising it.  

  1. Regional Poets in Residence

It is planned to award three ‘scholarships’ to regional NSW poets to attend the festival on the basis of a short manuscript and a statement about what the poet would get out of attending the festival and what he/she would take back to the region as a result.

It is proposed that the scholarship will include assistance with fares and accommodation, free entry to all festival events, manuscript assessment and some workshopping.

Please email your ideas to brookemery@gmail.com with the Subject Line: ‘Festival Proposals’ or by post to Festival Proposals (attn Brook Emery), Poets Union Inc., PO Box 755 Potts Point, NSW 1335. (You can email Brook if you have specific questions.)

Any suggestions about the festival may be emailed to Brook Emery: brookemery@gmail.com

Poetry events, festivals and readings all over Australia:


In Sydney – in Auburn tonight Wed 16 Sept: …flesh becomes word…

Auburn Poets and Writers Group in partnership with Poets Union Inc, Parramatta Artists Studios and Auburn Community Development Network

invite you

to participate in two writing workshops to generate new words, in new ways, in September,

to be spoken in public performance in early October at the Parramatta Artists Studios (6-9 Oct)

Date: Wed 16 Sept 2009

Time: 7.30 – 9.30 pm

Venue: @ Auburn Community Development Network

Cnr Park Road and Queen Street, Auburn

Tel. (02) 9649 5559

RSVP Thurs 3 Sept for catering

For more details, please contact Alissar Chidiac,

Auburn Arts Officer at ACDN


Facilitator: Farid Farid is a poet, performer and academic. He recently participated in East London West Sydney, a new hip-hop theatre project led by artists from the hip-hop and urban cultures of the UK and Australia, where artists explored urban experience and struggles, and shared an emphasis on word flow, storytelling and place. He has been published in creative and academic journals including Borderlands e-journal, Social Semiotics, UTP Critical Dialogue and Auburn Letters. He has performed and spoken at a range of events, including the Sydney Writers Festival production 'Exploring Multilingual Spaces' (2008) and 'Hip Hop Projections 4' (2009). He has also performed at the multi-artform event 'To Gaza with Love' in solidarity with the Palestinian people at Mori Gallery (2008). He has collaborated in 2009 with multimedia and visual artist Khaled Sabsabi, in writing a series of catalogue essays regarding his exhibitions, including 'In This Together' (Kultour) and 'Integration, Assimilation and Fair Go for All' (Gallery 4A). His intense style is complemented by his comedic persona, where he took part in the successful theatre production 'Thank God You Made It' at NIDA (2008/2009). Farid has also been a member of Auburn Poets and Writers Group.


In Albany, WA on Sunday 19 Sept. As part of the SPRUNG Writers Festival

the launch of “The Softness of Water”
a collection of poems by Vivienne Glance

Date: Saturday 19th September 2009
Time: 12.15pm – 1pm
Venue: The Gallery, Vancouver Arts Centre
Vancouver Street,


Books available for sale $25


In Perth – every Saturday 2-4 pm . Saturday 19 Sept. guest poet: Santo Cazzati

Perth Poetry Club this Saturday and every Saturday, 2-4pm

Venue: The Court,

50 Beaufort Street, Perth.

Free entry. Be early! We start shortly after 2pm. Lots of 5-minute open-stage slots, plus...

19 SEP: Melbourne's madman of the left, luxe & liminal, that cursenamed wogboy - Santo Cazzati

Fresh from MELBOURNE OVERLOAD and slightly soiled from featuring at QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL!  SANTO CAZZATI is a spoken word artist.

His performances are a trip in all senses of the word. Santo is a fixture on Melbourne's grass roots poetry scene. He is a frequent winner of Babble Poetry Slam and won second prize in Melbourne Slam 2008. He is a presenter of 3CR's Spoken Word radio programme.

The son of Italian immigrants to Australia, he emerged from past lives as a classical concert pianist and savant garde jazz musician to teach at an elite Melbourne private school which must remain anonymous in order to protect those concerned. He performs in a range of styles, from fast rhythmical delivery to slow atmospheric meditation, often with a strong world music influence and critical ironic distance.

3 OCT: Afeif Ismail and Vivienne Glance
10 OCT: Jean Kent (KSP Writer-in-residence: see

More info at www.perthpoetryclub.com.

Enquiries: perthpoetryclub@gmail.com or Janet 0406 624 578.


In Adelaide – at Stirling Library, Sun. 20 Sept - Hills Poets

2.30 pm launch of a new anthology Frost & Fire by the Hills Poets

Hills Poets

Venue: Stirling Library

Time: 2.30 pm


In Sydney – in Glebe Sun. 20 Sept. 3.30 for 4.00 pm

Launch of Kim Cheng Boey’s “Between Stations”

Kim Cheng Boey was born in Singapore and migrated to Australia

in 1997. He is a prize-winning poet with four published collections,

and a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle.

Venue: Upstairs at Gleebooks

49 Glebe Point Road

Glebe NSW

Time: 3.30 for 4.00pm

Launched by: John Hughes. Between Stations published by Giramondo

RSVP Tel. 9660 2333

For Kim Cheng Boey 'between stations' describes the state of the migrant writer,

living between his place of birth, his adopted country, and the wider world;

between the past and the present; between the city he is in, and those that
live in his memory.

   The book traces the author's travels through India, China, Egypt and

Morocco, during the year of wandering between his departure from his native

Singapore, and the making of his new home in Australia. In each place he

visits, the cosmopolitan mix of peoples, the markets and crossroads, the overlays

of history and religion, remind him of  his old city, now demolished, and of his

gambler father, who would return after long absences to walk with him down

the vanished arcades and alleys, past the shophouses and hawkers' stalls.

   Boey's essays capture a historic moment in the modernisation of the

Asian city; they chronicle the breakup and the resilience of the family; they
trace his formation as a poet.


In Cowra – 22 Sept. poetry prize announcement of Peace Poetry Prize

- World Peace Day Celebrations

Date: Tuesday 22nd September

Ceremony 5.45 pm Venue: Peace Bell Pavilion, Civic Square


followed by World Peace Day Dinner

7 pm

Cowra Bowling Club.

Tickets: $30 Adult, $22 Student. Bookings essential before 16th September

RSVP Tel (02) 6342 2975 or Fax (02 9341 1217

Or purchase tickets directly from Natural Beauty, 12 Kendal Street, Cowra.


In Sydney – Wed 23 September – Live Poets @ Don Bank

Wednesday, September 23rd - Live Poets @ Don Bank.

6 Napier St North Sydney.

SPECIAL GUESTS: In the United Nations Year of Astronomy this night will form a giant Open Section for poets and musicians presenting work under the theme: Poems/Songs of the Future, Poems/Songs about Space.

A Special Performer will be unplugged guitarist Wayne Gillespie singing his own songs AND providing backing for several well known rock songs about space from the likes of David Bowie, Lou Reed and Elton John. Rock vocalists in the audience are invited to stand up and sing the lead!

Doors open 7.30 pm. $7 entry includes supper and drinks.

Further info: Danny Gardner (02) 9896 6956. Mobile: 0422 263 373 - or at dannylivepoets@yahoo.com.au


In Sydney – Thursday 24 Sept ‘Culture Jam’ 6-9 pm in Newtown

An invitation from Ray Baltas of Mersey Sound Collective...

Raymond and Patrycja Nedziak invite members to "CULTURE JAM!" on Thursday, September 24 at 6:00pm.

"this thursday 24th Sept., 6pm-9pm @ Oh Really Gallery, 55 Enmore Road, Newtown."
Jam Session
Start Time:
Thursday, September 24 at 6:00pm
End Time:
Thursday, September 24 at 9:00pm

Where: Oh Really Gallery, 55 Enmore Road, Newtown

If you are on Facebook you can see more details and RSVP, at the link below:



In Melbourne –Fri. 25th Sept. from Melbourne Poets Union

MPU: A public voice and opportunities for all poets!

Poetry Salon – Friday 25 September ‘Mesmerisation’

with John Garrett, Fee Sievers & Brett Ditchfield .

/Mesmerisation/ John Garrett, President of Overload, and co-convenor of Spinning Room South, will spin his spell, +   Fee Sievers & Brett Ditchfield, the Ekphrastic addicts will capture your mind and hearts. MC Sue Stanford.

+Open section if you dare!
Venue: The Salon 2nd Floor,

Nicholas Building,

37 Swanston St


Members $9, $7, members $6.
Bookings for Open section Leon Shann (03) 93866259 or mpuinc@yahoo.com


In Bacchus Marsh, Victoria – 20th Sept and Sundays 3 pm “Poetic Desserts”

From Melbourne Poets Union member Jennie Fraine...

Reading: “Poetic Desserts” poetry readings

Poets: Earl Livings and Ray Liversidge

Date: Sunday 20th September

Time : 3 pm on Sundays,

Venue: Baby Black Cafe,

10 Church St,

Bacchus Marsh.

Contact person: Jennie Fraine – 5367 6976/0447 695 205/jennief@westnet.com.au

Nowadays Bacchus Marsh is a 40-minute drive from Melbourne along roads free of traffic lights.

Too easy!

The venue is heritage-listed, has a lovely ambiance, and provides great food, coffee and wine.

Guest Poets in coming weeks:

November 1: jeltje and Lauren Williams

November 29: Robyn Rowland and Connie Barber

December 20: Rosemary Nissen-Wade, Leah Kaminsky and Jennie Fraine, and Ruth Stewart


In Hobart - Motherlode     Saturday 26 Sept - Workshop + Launch

From the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre

Workshop Venue: Tasmanian Writers’ Centre

Workshop Time: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm (Workshop with the editors of Motherlode)

Launch time : 3.30 - 4.30pm – launch of Motherlode at Fullers Bookshop

Workshop Details:  

Venue: Salamanca Arts Centre Meeting Room. The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre

77 Salamanca Place,


Workshop time: 10.00am - 1.00pm

Cost: Members $30, non-members $55.

Bookings: admin@tasmanianwriters.org or phone (03) 62240029

Jennifer Harrison and Kate Waterhouse have edited Motherlode: Australian Women's Poetry 1986-2008. They will lead a poetry workshop to help you go where you have not gone before with your poetry.

Kate and Jenny will kick off by taking you through their experiences reading over 500 books by contemporary poets in editing Motherlode, and the implications they see for poets today, including: why this poetry goes where none has gone before, the editorial process, choices and the impact of these on the final selection of poems and poets, and of course, what makes a poem more likely to be selected.

You’ll hear and be asked to read examples and extracts of selected pieces, demonstrating the breadth of styles, forms and techniques available to you as a poet. Please bring two examples of poems you would like to workshop – if possible, on the very broad themes of parenting, women's life experience and world view, children, loss, nature, women ancestors. We’ll close with a discussion of the pitfalls and pleasures of writing on these rewarding and important subjects. Salamanca Arts Centre Meeting Room. Members $30, non-members $55. Bookings: admin@tasmanianwriters.org or phone (03) 62240029

Launch Details:

Invitation from Puncher & Wattmann in conjunction with the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre to the launch of Motherlode: Australian Women’s Poetry, 1986 -2008

When : Fullers Bookshop

131 Collins Street


Launch time: 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm

RSVP: admin@tasmanianwriters.org or phone (03) 62240029

 Motherlode is the first major anthology of women’s poetry in more than a decade, a 342-page book featuring 172 poems by 125 poets on subjects relating to motherhood and family: from colonial experience and the world at large to pregnancy, children, loss and death. It includes poems by Judith Wright, Gwen Harwood, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Dorothy Hewett, Kate Llewellyn, Dorothy Porter, Jan Owen, Jennifer Maiden, Joanne Burns and many other well-known and newer poets. Motherlode enjoyed a successful debut at the Sydney Writer's Festival in May and an overwhelming response from readers and poets alike at events in South Australia and NSW and commentary since then.  

For more details contact katewaterhouse@yahoo.com or visit www.puncherandwattmann.com


In Sydney Sunday 27 September – PU Brett Whiteley Studio Reading

2.00 -3.30 pm (4th Sunday of every month)

Guest poet: Kim Cheng Boey will read followed by an open mic. session.

Kim Cheng Boey is widely regarded as one of the most promising Singapore poets to emerge in the 1990s. Boey has published four collections of poems to date. Three of his works, Somewhere-bound, Another Place and Days of No Name have won awards.

For his artistic achievement, Boey received the National Arts Council Young Artist Award in 1996. Boey currently resides in Australia and teaches creative writing at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales.

Brett Whiteley Studio, 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills (off Devonshire Street and Esther Lane)

Convenor: Angela Stretch for the Poets Union Inc.


In Fremantle, WA – Sunday 27 September a launch

You are invited to celebrate the launch of

The Softness of Water”
a collection of poems by Vivienne Glance

Launched by Shane McCauley with Donna Ward

Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: The Inner Courtyard,

Fremantle Arts Centre
1, Finnerty Street,


Light refreshments
Music from WAZA Ensemble, and Jen de Ness & Bill Atkinson

Books available for sale $25


In Adelaide – last Sunday of the month – poets working group

2-4 pm

Poets Group @ Mostly Books

Details: mostlybooks@internode.on.net


In Melbourne – Sunday 27th September : launch of Motherlode and Salon    

Venue: Australian Poetry Centre


417 Inkerman Rd · East St Kilda.

Launch Time: 2.30 pm

Salon to follow: with Jennifer Harrison, Kate Waterhouse and Geoff Lemon.

For more details Tel. 03 9527 4063

contact katewaterhouse@yahoo.com

Motherlode: Australian Women's Poetry 1986-2008, edited by Jennifer Harrison & Kate Waterhouse (Puncher & Wattmann 2009) will be launched across all states at readings given by local and interstate poets covering all 12 sections of this truly beautiful book. 

 Motherlode is the first major anthology of women’s poetry in more than a decade, a 342-page book featuring 172 poems by 125 poets on subjects relating to motherhood and family: from colonial experience and the world at large to pregnancy, children, loss and death. It includes poems by Judith Wright, Gwen Harwood, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Dorothy Hewett, Kate Llewellyn, Dorothy Porter, Jan Owen, Jennifer Maiden, Joanne Burns and many other well-known and newer poets. Motherlode enjoyed a successful debut at the Sydney Writer's Festival in May and an overwhelming response from readers and poets alike at events in South Australia and NSW and commentary since then.  



In Sydney – at Newtown 7 pm - Wed 30 Sept. RhiZomic Poetry

Ron Pretty guest poet

In Sydney in Newtown Wednesday September 30,
RhiZomic Poetry 7-9 PM  the last Wednesday of every month

Venue: Kerrie Lowe Gallery
Address: 49 King Street, Newtown

Poetry Party and open-mic featuring: Ron Pretty

Ron Pretty’s most recent books are Of the Stone: New and Selected
Poems(2000) and the chapbooks On the Hay Plain (2007) and Where the Heart
Is (2009). He has also written about writing in Creating Poetry, which was> revised and reissued in 2002.  Until he retired in 2007 he
ran the Poetry Australia Foundation and was Director of Five Islands
Press. He taught creative writing at the Universities of Wollongong and
Melbourne. He has edited the literary journals SCARP and  Blue Dog: Australian Poetry. Ron Pretty won the NSW Premier’s Special Prize for services to literature in 2001 and received an AM for services to Australian literature in 2002.


In Launceston - Wed 30 September Music and the Muse - a workshop

with Kevin Gillam 6-9 pm

From the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre:

Wednesday 30th September, LAUNCESTON, 6 –  9 pm: Music and the Muse with Kevin Gillam
A workshop for all writers of prose poetry and non-fiction led by Kevin Gillam, Poet in residence for this year’s Poetry Festival. Come and investigate music and the word…altering the emotional landscape for writing.

Over three hours a variety of pieces of music are played both on CD and live cello. Participants are asked to write in response to each listening (sometimes given starting lines or key words).  After each writing stint, the group will discuss the similarities/differences and the impact of the music. Participants will understand how music can alter the writing atmosphere and how they might use this in their own home/writing space.

Venue: Room 5, Adult Ed centre,

51 York Street, LAUNCESTON.

Time: 6.00 – 9.00 pm

Members $38 Non-members $55.

Bookings: admin@tamanianwriters.org or phone (03) 62240029


In Sydney – 3-4 October: Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Sydney Opera House – October Long Weekend.


In Eltham, Victoria – Sun 4th October : Healing Through Poetry

a workshop for survivors of the bushfires: 10-12 noon

From Melbourne Poets Union...sponsored by Regional Arts Victoria

Date: Sunday October 4th 2009

Venue: at Edendale Farm, Gaston’s Road, Eltham

Workshop: Healing Through Poetry

For: a workshop for survivors of the bushfires: 10-12 noon

Lunch and Reading to follow.

Sponsored by Regional Arts Victoria and Nillimbik Council

RSVP - Bookings essential Fee Sievers 0417358280


In Melbourne –13 October from Melbourne Poets Union

and POETS@WATSONIA. Poets@Watsonia (Branch of Melbourne Poets Union)

Watsonia Library – Tues. Oct.13 7 pm workshop with Kristin Henry

Writing for Christmas (bring one of your own poems, pen and paper).

Community Room Watsonia Library (Branch of Yarra Plenty)

Ibbotson Street (nr Railway Station)

Cost: $5 light refreshments


In Sydney ‘Poets Dinner’ Tuesday 13th October 6 pm

Theme this month will be ‘Amore’

Love is short, forgetting is long, and understanding longer still” –Merle Shain.

Date: Tues 13 Oct

Time: 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Venue: Club Swans,

Address: 28 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross ( a short walk from Kings

Cross Station)

Cost: $15 pp covers finger food and a glass of vino, pleasant company

and lots of laughs.

RSVP and PRE-PAYMENT: RSVP and payment to

Macleay Bookshop – 103 Macleay Street, Potts Point

(a short walk from Kings Cross Station)



In Canberra  - Tues 20 October - Poetry at The Gods  

(- third Tues) Andrew Taylor (Perth), Vincent O’Sullivan (Wellington, NZ)

Poetry at The Gods 
The Gods Café/Bar, ANU Arts Centre.

Message from Geoff Page It's at risk of being booked out. 6248 5538 — or reply to this if you want to join one of my table/s.
All the best, Geoff” gpage40@bigpond.net.au

Light meals are available from 6pm. Please book at The Gods on 6248 5538.

Entry fee: $5. Patrons intending to eat are asked to arrive by 6.30 to ensure that the readings can begin at 8pm. Seating is limited to 80 people. To be sure of hearing a particular poet it is advisable to eat at the venue beforehand but ‘listening only’ 'non-eating' seats can also be booked.

The Gods Café/Bar is in the
ANU Arts Centre (across the quadrangle from the Student Union near Sullivans Creek). Let Geoff Page know if you'd like to join his table/s. Dinner at 6.30.

Poetry at the Gods – poets for the rest of 2009:

Tues Nov 10   - David Gilbey (Wagga Wagga NSW), Kathy Kituai (Canberra) and Amelia Fielden (Newcastle, NSW)
Tues Dec 8    - Judith Beveridge (Sydney) and Stephen Edgar (Sydney).

Sponsors: Aldo Giurgola, Collaery Lawyers, Daltons Books, z4 Wines, artsACT


In Fremantle on 22nd October

EVENT: indigo volume 4 launch

Invitation from Fremantle Press....

Venue : Fremantle Arts Centre

Date: Thurs 22 October

Join Jon Doust, author of Boy on a Wire, when he launches indigo volume 4 at Fremantle Arts Centre on Thursday 22 October. The latest volume features short stories by Western Australian writers as selected by award-winning Tasmanian author Amanda Lohrey.
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from Melbourne Poets Union MPU: A public voice and opportunities for all poets!

In Melbourne Sunday 25 October /The joys and sorrows of poetic translation. /

Melbourne Poets Union (No Friday event) *SUNDAY OCTOBER 25,


Flinders Street, Melbourne

Time: 2 P.M. TILL 4 P.M.
Free Entry*
The joys and sorrows of poetic translation.

Convenor Marietta Elliott-Kleerkoper

The joys and sorrows of poetic translation

Much of the poetry we read comes to us through translation. But if we don't know the original language, how can we be sure that the translation does justice to the original? What is more important? to be 'faithful' or to be 'beautiful'?

Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Lia Hills, Robyn Peck, jeltje, Matt Hetherington and Marietta Elliott-Kleerkoper, all experienced translators of poetry, share the secrets of their craft.

Join the discussion and bring your favourite translated poem to read in the open section.
To register for open reading contact Leon 93866259


In Sydney – 30 October bilingual poetry reading in Marrickville

Bilingual Poetry Reading


Marrickville Library, is hosting a bilingual poetry reading on Friday 30 October 6.00pm-8.300pm at Marrickville Library, with the theme "My place in the Universe".

The Library is seeking up to 15 poets who would be interested in presenting 2-3 examples of their work on the evening.

The poems may be read in their original language or in translation, or both.

The reading will be promoted and refreshments available.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Dimitri Symeonidis at Marrickville Library on 93352166, 0413815982 or dimitri@marrickville.nsw.gov.au


In Melbourne –10 Nov. from Melbourne Poets Union


POETS@WATSONIA. Poets@Watsonia (Branch of Melbourne Poets Union)

Watsonia Library – Poetry Reading: Lisa Gorton

Tuesday November 10th 7.30pm Reading: Lisa Gorton plus open Readers

Community Room Watsonia Library (Branch of Yarra Plenty)Ibbotson Street (nr Railway Cost:$5 light Refreshments


In Brisbane - Friday 13 November Launch of Motherlode

Venue: Avid Bookshop

In Brisbane – Fri 13 Nov 
Details are still being finalised for this event at Avid bookshop.


In Melbourne – 27 Nov. from Melbourne Poets Union
  FRIDAY NOVEMBER 27TH 2009*Melbourne Poets Union Awards Night
 7.15pm for 7.30pm, Bella Union Annexe,
Trades Hall Victoria St., Carlton

Judges Report and Awards night of Annual International Poetry
Competition,* Christmas and other celebrations, Santa’s Seduction Sack
and Raffle. Further detail to come.
9) Stop press Regional Chapbook Closing date extended to 31st October 2009-08-20 Regional poets ,members who live outside a metropolitan city) we offer you the opportunity to submit 3 poems for selection into the proposed regional chapbook anthology For further details contact mpuinc@yahoo.com.au


In Melbourne –8 Dec. from Melbourne Poets Union

*/MPU: A public voice and opportunities for all poets!

POETS@WATSONIA. Poets@Watsonia (Branch of Melbourne Poets Union)

Tuesday December 8th Christmas Reading and celebration

open readers and music

Cost:$4 Light Refreshments.

Contact: Wendy 9467 8249 Christina 9432 7484


e-zines and e-anthologies for poets


From PU member and WA poet Janet Jackson

I have put 14 new poems online at Proximity.

Some were previously published in Thirst, Creatrix, Cottonmouth and the ECU Broadsheet, and a couple are in my self-published book, Coracle (more info on Proximity). There's also a performance video and a link to an interview with me done by Brisbane poet Graham Nunn for the Queensland Poetry Festival.”

Janet Jackson: Words with attitude & soul Poems Performances Workshops Courses
Creative, technical and corporate writing. Editing.

www.proximitypoetry.com (Poetry)
www.myspace.com/poetjj (Includes occasional arts & culture blog)

Perth Poetry Club: www.perthpoetryclub.com

The Line Mine, bulletin board for Perth poetry & spoken word:


PressPress Chapbook Award winner 2009,

WA writer Scott-Patrick Mitchell - songs for the ordinary mass.

Mitchell’s chapbook songs for the ordinary mass is available now online from www.presspress.com.au or Planet Books in Mt Lawley in Western Australia.

Mitchell runs the literary street art zine MoTHER [has words…] which he launched in 2007

: MoTHER [has words...]

and he edits The Cottonmouth Anthology    Cottonmouth


 Contact:  _scott-patrick mitchell e: spmxy@hotmail.com   



Visit the Poetica Website  www.abc.net.au/rn/arts/poetica/

Australia-wide Poetry program- every Saturday at 3.05 pm and repeated Thursdays at 3.05 pm POETICA  PRESENTED BY BRENT CLOUGH AND MIKE LADD,



if: book Australia - new Australian centre of excellence for digital literature

The Queensland Writers Centre Management Committee Chair, Theodora Le Souquet, and CEO, Kate Eltham, announced the launch of the Australian Institute of the Future of the Book or “if:book Australia” at the Melbourne Writers Festival The State Of Digital Publishing industry seminar on Thursday 27 August.

Based in Brisbane, if: book Australia is only the third centre of excellence of its kind for digital literature established in the world, after the New York and London Institutes. It is a Queensland Writers Centre international initiative. You can check out the UK branch here and US branch here.

if: book Australia will promote new forms of digital publishing and explore ways to boost connections between writers and audiences.

The first project for if:book Australia will be a national seminar series delivered in 2010 called Writers and Digital Markets. Supported and funded by the Literature Board of the Australia Council, the program will inform Australian writers about new opportunities to create and publish digital content.

if:book Australia will function as a ‘think-and-do tank’ and Queensland Writers Centre is seeking partners from across the publishing, education and media sectors who are interested in collaborative programs and research.

Queensland Writers Centre works to advance the recognition and enjoyment of Queensland and Australian writers throughout Australia and the world.



Melaleuca is a free e-zine of Australian poetry, delivered monthly
through your email in-box. For submissions and subscriptions, contact
the editor, Phillip A. Ellis, at


Keep up with Aesthetica and the latest arts and culture happenings at aestheticamagazine.blogspot.com


A new web anthology saunters the sand with some of Australia’s leading poets.

Guide to Sydney Beaches - http://sydneybeaches.tripod.com/guide.htm  - is aimed at an audience that may not normally access this artform. This is a driftwood concept – people seeking information about a certain beach stumble across this collection & discover fine Aust poetry. 20 great beaches, 30 superb poets. Hit numbers indicate it is already a huge success. This will increase as we move into Spring. The anthology is from Meuse Press, edited by PU member Les Wicks.


Jacket Magazine- Message from Editor, John Tranter and Assoc. Editor, Pam Brown -

Announcing Jacket 37 -- Early 2009 Like the 2004 Hubble Ultra Deep Field image, http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2004/07/image/a/format/large_web/         

 ... Jacket glitters with constellations and galaxies of luminous and sometimes bewildering insights: Catch it now, before it swims out of your ken:   http://jacketmagazine.com/37/index.shtml

Visit their new Jacket Notes pages: readings, new books & magazines, blogs, etc. http://sites.google.com/site/jacket-notes/Home    

Message from John Tranter: “PS: I'll be away until early December, so the news sections are closed until then. “


Australia Council’s publication:  The writer’s guide to making a digital living

The Australia Council has been getting a great response to the Writer’s guide both locally and internationally since its publication in December 2008. You can read the guide online or download it for free from our site. http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/writersguide  Explore the interactive New Writing Universe! http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/writersguide/newwritinguniverse/

Make use of the 300+ links on delicious, referenced throughout the guide. http://del.icio.us/Writersguide   Also includes a link to the promo video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRueQ1Q6NGA


Competitions and due dates for submissions:


15 September Poets Union Subscriber’s poems

submissions invited and due for the Summer issue of Five Bells

Call for subscribers to submit one poem or an article to the Poets Union’s next issue of Five Bells

due by 15 September

Please submit one poem only as a simple Word doc attachment with your name, the title of the poem and your contact details on one page and on a separate page the Title and poem. The Editors send all poems off for consideration by the Guest Editor (minus the poet’s name) and the Guest Editor makes their selection.

The themes and closing dates for the forthcoming issues of Five Bells are:
15 September 2009  – Poetry and History

15 December 2009    – Poetry of Space


These themes refer to the articles only (subscribers’ poems may be on any subject) – the editors accept themed and unthemed articles on poetry from members and non-members. Please email them to info@poetsunion.com  with the Subject: Five Bells Submission. The postal address for submissions is Poets Union Inc., PO Box 755, POTTS POINT  NSW 1335.



Submissions now open for Cordite Poetry Review

Writing haikus, snryus or other ultra-short poems?

Submissions are now open for the 31st issue of Cordite – EPIC.

Details available at www.cordite.org.au


Submissions due by Friday 25th September – Cricket Poetry Award (Publishers Cup Inc.)


          CRICKET POETRY AWARD 2009 – value $2,000

Poets are invited to submit a poem celebrating an aspect of life in and around the game and sport of cricket, in settings of backyard cricket, beach cricket, club cricket or social cricket.

 Entry Form        $20 entry – one poem only.

The genre may be narrative, epic, dramatic, satirical, lyrical, elegy or verse fable. Our history and sense of identity are linked to cricket and our social interactions are often complimented with some form of the game, at the beach, in the park, in the backyard or on the cricket field. The judges are published poet Adam Gibson, and Walkley Award nominee, sports & feature writer Jessica Halloran.

The Cricket Poetry Award will be run in conjunction and correlate with the Cricket Art Prize, and the winner will be announced at the inaugural Cricket Art Prize opening event at the Members Pavilion of the SCG on Thursday 8th Oct 2009. The occasion and will not only serve the interests of all Australasians fascinated in art, poetry and cricket, but also feature as a regular event on the SCG calendar.

Painters and Poets will use a national pastime - cricket, as the vehicle to unsettle preconceptions, generate new ideas and challenge our contemporary culture More importantly, cricket and the arts bring people of all backgrounds, socio-economic levels and nationalities together.


From the Australian Poetry Centre....

      "Apply now to be a CAFE POET"
What: Audition

Start Time: Wednesday, September 30 at 9:00am
End Time: Wednesday, September 30 at 5:00pm

Where: Applications are by email only

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:


For Darwin poets  – “Sea Things” call for submissions from Darwin poets by the Red Room Company:

The Red Room Company will commission one Darwin poet to contribute a poem based on the project’s theme, and to perform their poem in Sydney in late November.

Imagine five poems making this journey from five Australian ports; a poetic sea cargo carried by private, commercial and naval vessels. Imagine those five poems being opened up on board, and their readers jotting down an observation or illustration that happened as they read. Sea Things will take this journey during October and November 2009, carrying new poems commissioned from five Australian poets in Perth, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

To submit a sample of your work, please send a brief bio and no more than two poems to: The Red Room Company, PO Box 1300 Darlinghurst NSW 2010. For more information, visit www.redroomcopany.org



15 poets needed – please apply before 30 Sept. for 30th October Reading

Marrickville Library is seeking up to 15 poets who would be interested in presenting 2-3 examples of their work on the evening.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Dimitri Symeonidis at Marrickville Library on 93352166, 0413815982 or dimitri@marrickville.nsw.gov.au

Bilingual Poetry Reading - with the theme "My place in the Universe"


Marrickville Library, is hosting a bilingual poetry reading on Friday 30 October 6.00pm-8.300pm at Marrickville Library, with the theme "My place in the Universe".

The reading will be promoted and refreshments available.


Submissions now open and due 30 September - to dotdotdash - the theme is ugly

dotdotdash taking submissions for Issue 2

The inaugural issue of dotdotdash will hit the streets on September 5th!
So get writing or drawing again because submissions are now open for
dotdotdash Issue 2.

The theme is ‘ugly’, but unthemed work is also sought.

Submissions close 30th September. To submit visit


Submissions invited before 30 September for VERA NEWSOM POETRY PRIZE 2009   - administered and awarded by Youngstreet Poets.

1st & 2nd Prizes, $300 & $100 respectively

Entries to Receiving Officer, Sue Watson, PO Box 71, Avalon 2107,

By closing date of 30th September 2009.

For Australian residents only.


  1. Entries must be unpublished, not currently submitted for publication, in English, the original work of the entrant, and must not have received a monetary award in, nor be concurrently entered in any other competition.

  2. Maximum of 32 lines per poem, typed on A4 paper, one side only.  Two copies of each poem required. Author’s name must not appear on manuscript.

  3. There is no official entry form, but a separate cover page must be provided, listing title of poem, number of lines, entrant’s full name, address, telephone number and/or email address.

  4. The judges’ decision will be final.  No correspondence will be entered into.  No entries will be returned.

  5. Entry fee of $5 per poem.

  6. Entries to Receiving Officer, Sue Watson, PO Box 71, Avalon 2107, by closing date of 30th September 2009. Late entries will not be considered.

  7. Winners will be announced as soon as possible, but prizes will be awarded at the Youngstreet Poets’ Christmas luncheon on Friday 27th November 2009.

  8. SSAEs required for notification of results and/or acknowledgement of receipt of submission.


Submissions due 1st October for the IP Picks Award for Best Poetry

The IP Picks 2010 Awards for unpublished manuscripts open on 1 October! Categories for Best Fiction, Best Creative Non-fiction, Best Poetry, Best First Book and – new this year – Best Junior Fiction or Non-Fiction.

Now in its ninth year, the Picks Awards are supported solely by IP (Interactive Publications Pty Ltd), Australia's most innovative independent publisher, and are open to citizens/residents of Australia and New Zealand.

For complete details and the entry form, please go to <http://ipoz.biz/IP/IP_Picks.htm>.

More info from :Dr David Reiter, Director, IP

Treetop Studio • 9 Kuhler Court

Carindale, Queensland, Australia 4152

M: +61 (0)412 313 923

Ph/Fax: +61 7 3324 9319


2010 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

nominations close Friday 16 October

Message from Arts NSW…. the 2010 NSW Premier's Literary Awards will be advertised in the Australian on 12 September 2009.  Closing date for nominations is Friday 16 October.  Nomination forms and guidelines will be available on www.arts.nsw.gov.au or www.pla.nsw.gov.au


Submissions due 30 October - The Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship 2010

Providing Assistance for Young Talented Australians

 The Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship 2010 - $450,000 total prize money in a variety of categories, including Acting, Instrumental Music, Painting, Poetry, Prose & Singing.

How to Apply: For terms and conditions please refer to the relevant application form/s which may be downloaded at www.trust.com.au/philanthropy/awards/ 

Request for application forms or enquiries should be directed to:            Cauz Group Pty Ltd

Telephone:  (02) 9144 2415             Email: trustawards@cauzgroup.com.au


Submissions invited and due 30 October, 2009

Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition 2009


First prize:$1000, Second prize:$300, Third prize:$200
Martin Downey Urban Realist:Award:$100

*Closing date: 30 October 2009*

Entry forms and conditions: contact mpuinc@yahoo.com
or Call into the Writers Centre or Collected Works
or Tel. Leon Shann (03) 93866259*


Submissions invited and due 30 October, 2009 :

an e-anthology “from this Broken Hill”

Meuse Press is publishing an e-anthology - "from this Broken Hill” - of poetry, short prose & photography celebrating the people, culture, history & landscapes of Broken Hill which is currently being considered for National Heritage listing.

The anthology will not appear on paper & there will be no money in, so no payment out to contributors. You are invited to submit up to 3 pieces. Submissions should be in the body of the e-mail, single spaced Times New Roman 12p & be accompanied by a 3 line bio. Prior publication is no problem but you should include acknowledgement. It will be edited by Barbara de Franceschi, Marvis Sofield & Les Wicks.

Send to leswicks@hotmail.com


News from Fremantle Press

NEWS: Shorelines 2

poetry winners announced

Scott-Patrick Mitchell, James Quinton and Emma Rooksby will feature in Shorelines 2, a collection of works by emerging poets to be published by Fremantle Press in 2010. Guest editor and poet Tracy Ryan said the editorial committee was spoilt for choice ...
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Radio National program

Visit the Poetica Website  www.abc.net.au/rn/arts/poetica/


Directory of Australian Poets August 11, 2009

The Australian Poetry Centre invites you to join the Directory of Australian Poets.

The Directory is an online database promoting poetry as a vibrant industry. Easily accessible, it will be a valuable tool in establishing contacts, extending networks, opening work opportunities, and increasing the appreciation of poetry.

To apply:

  • Download the Directory of Australian Poets application form, click here: Application Form

  • Complete the form. We are interested in your most significant and/or recent publications, prizes and awards, readings, performances, festival appearances and relevant poetry related work and skills. We encourage you to include a copy of a ‘poem of choice’ and a recent digital photograph of yourself for use on the website

  • Email the completed form to the APC: admin@australianpoetrycentre.org.au


Submissions from poets invited to monthly newsletter for HIGHWAY NEWS  which promotes the re-introduction of rail, aware that investment must go to  large-scale low carbon projects - without expecting a carbon price to be a substantial factor.

What does this have to do with poets?

At the end of HIGHWAY NEWS , Carolyn van Langenberg likes to promote a poet. Thus far, she has drawn attention to local resident and internationally renowned poet Pam Brown. In True Thoughts, the poem train, train is about travelling from Blackheath to Central. Spot on!

Then, in a manner of absolute serendipity, she discovered Les
Wicks is going west, sponsored by CountryLink. Les will liaise with rural poets and learn the far horizon gaze. That’s a privilege!

So if you have any connection with rail, a low carbon sponsorship, a book of poems  or a poem in a book about rail, she’ll draw attention to you and your work at the end of the e-newsletter. That means one poet per month is advertised in an unlikely spot. At present,  HIGHWAY NEWS circulation is 300+. It goes to politicians as well as those converted to a more sustainable way of life.

Send your rail poems to Carolyn van Langenberg 


The 2009 NSW Premiers Literary Awards were announced at the Sydney Writers Festival.

Congratulations to Lucy Holt on her receipt of the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry for her collection Man Wolf Man’. Lucy was a 2004 Poets Union ‘Australian Young Poets Fellowship’ holder and was mentored by the Poets Union. In 2005 the Poets Union published  a chapbook of Lucy’s poems ‘Stories of A Bird’.  The Poets Union is committed to raising funds to develop our mentoring, Poetry Fellowships, Poetry Scholarships, Residencies and Prizes. The full list of winners of  The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and more information about the awards can be found here: http://www.pla.nsw.gov.au/


In Florida, USA Palm Beach Poetry Festival  January 18-23, 2010    

Delray Beach, Florida 

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival has grown from a weekend event at Lynn University in January 2005 into a six day series of events including eight workshops with individual conferences; craft lectures, panel discussions, readings and performances, open to the public.  

Unlike Wordsworth, our five winters have passed like summer... each January full of light, learning and poetry. In this tradition of excellence, we are proud to announce that the following poets will be teaching, reading and performing at the
Sixth Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival, January 18-23, 2010.


Advanced Workshops  Stephen Dobyns, Carolyn Forché, Thomas Lux, David Wojahn, Jean Valentine, Kevin Young
Intermediate Workshops Mary Cornish; Ilya Kaminsky
Florida Poets Reading    Jay Hopler and Sidney Wade
Performance Poets         Andrea Gibson & Anis Mojgani 
Please visit their website, www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org for complete workshop descriptions, faculty biographies, application guidelines and an easy-to-use online fill-in application form. 


Best wishes,

Cathy Bray

for Brook Emery and the Poets Union committee,

Poets Union Inc,

PO Box 755,


Tel. (02) 9357 6602 

Email: info@poetsunion.com

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