11 December 2002

Poetry on The Write Stuff

Tasmanian poets are invited to submit work (up to 5 poems) for a Tasmanian showcase on The Write Stuff web site. The submission guidelines are now online. A short notice about the opportunity appears in the forthcoming December issue of Famous Reporter (n.26, p.40, due to be launched on 9 January 2003. PS Please ensure you stick to the submission guidelines as I do the online publishing in my free time.

6 December 2002

Tasmanian writing is well featured in the latest edition of Five Bells, with reviews of Anne Kellas's Isolated States (Cornford Press) and 'Republican Dreaming:5 Poets' (Bumblebee Books). 'Past the Poppies', an anthology of Tasmanian writing published by FAWTas, and "Speaking with Ghosts" by Lyn Reeves (Ginninderra Press) are mentioned in the Books by Members section.
Calling writers who live in the postcode areas 7020 - 7024

If you are interested in the occasional (or regular) meeting with other writers in the Paradise Peninsula contact Lyn at
There is the possibility of a number of interesting opportunities for writers from the area to be involved in.
Congratulations to Kathryn Lomer for winning the Melbourne Poets Union Poetry prize and to John West who was awarded second prize and a commended.
John West's most recent collection 'All I ever wanted was a window" was published by Pardalote Press in September this year. Enquiries:

28 November 2002

Book launches:

8 December:

Hobart Bookshop invites you to the launch of Sarah Day's New and Selected Poems (UK Poetry Book Society Special Commendation 2002) by Robert Dessaix, on Sunday 8 December 2002 at 4 p.m.
Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square.

12th December: Pete Hay's Vandemonian essays -- more details below

9 January: launch of the next issue of Famous Reporter and Overland ... more details below

27 November 2002

News from Island Magazine's David Owen:
Entry forms are now available for the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize 2003
See details.
Note: The Prize was held over in 2002 in order to become part of the Tasmania Pacific Region Prize awards day.

19 November 2002

I'm writing a response to Michael Sharkey's article, 'Reviewing Now', in Blue Dog, v.1 n.1. pp.69-73 and am interested to know if anyone else has written recently about the state of reviewing poetry in Australia; pls let me know. Thanks, Anne Kellas (PS I need a response by 22 November or so.)

14 November 2002

Thursday 28 November: Launch of Legend! by MML Bliss
Hobart Bookshop, 5.30 pm
Legend! is a book of poetry for children, published by Cornford Press
Launch by Jean Flanagan.

12 November 2002

News from Walleah Press:

To be launched by Mr. Norm Reaburn, Director of Legal Aid Tasmania and chair of the board of Island Magazine
Thursday 12th December, 6 p.m., at CAST, 27 Tasma St. North Hobart.
Publisher: Walleah Press, $20

Joint launch of Overland and Famous Reporter #26
Thursday 9th January, 6 p.m., at Hobart Bookshop.
Famous Reporter 26 will be launched by Liz Winfield
and Overland will be launched by Amanda Lohrey.


10 November 2002

I'm going to be off this blog for a while as I am going to the mainland in early December and need to get things in order ... so I would be grateful if other Northline contributors could pick up the ball and keep running ...
The most commonly asked question: how to make a hotlink -- let me know if you want instructions.

(Also on the Copper Canyon Press web site: 32 statements about writing poetry
by Marvin Bell
Advice to poets on the Copper Canyon Press web site ... found while sitting online for hours and hours in an effort to keep François off the Net so that he'd study for his English pretertiary exam ... instead he played guitar and read the new Douglas Adams book ... (OK I'll read some advice to mothers next ...)

Some time ago I mentioned the new magazine GLOSS, hailing from Las Vegas 'but universal in outlook' well here's another, of similar quality, called Blackbird, now up to issue #2; it's a joint venture of the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and New Virginia Review, Inc.

5 November 2002

Saturday 16 November 10am – 4pm St. Helens Neighbourhood House,
25 Circassion St. St. Helens. The Tasmanian Writers' Centre presents best-selling poet Phil Rush. Phil will present his Workshop for Beginner and Developing Poets.
Participants are encouraged to bring along some of their own work. The workshop will discuss the definition of poetry, and its various forms, (including examples of each type) along with the opportunity to write a poem, or poems of their own in a style of their own choosing. The "mechanics" (ie - the "way" to write), and the structure of poems will be discussed, and some "tips and tricks" for getting started, and finding topics etc. suitable for various poetry forms. There will be discussion on metre, rhythm and rhyme, and also on non-rhyming and blank verse. There will be opportunity for question and answer sessions after each aspect is discussed. Participants will leave the workshop knowing a little more regarding poetry theory, form and structure, and an added confidence in their own ability to write poems of a standard that will give them some satisfaction.

PHIL RUSH has become one of Australia's most prolific and best-selling poets of recent times. Total sales of his books have brought sales approaching 100,000 copies, a remarkable achievement! Phil has been the ABC's "Country Hour" poet in Tasmania for the past eight years, and is often heard on other programmes as well. Along with 9 books of poetry, he has also written a novel, Bess, the Black Orphington Swaggie, (which is soon to be re-released) and a thirty-episode serial, Yendara. Phil has recently released his first CD, Australian Outback Poems. Philip Rush's style of poetry and wonderful sense of humour appeal to all ages as he draws on his life experiences to bring Australia's outback to life.

The cost of this workshop is only $11 for TWC & BoDWInc members and $25 for others. To book your place in this workshop contact the Tasmanian Writers' Centre on 6224 0029 or e-mail us at admin@tasmanianwriters.org.

Phil Rush appears in St Helens with the support of the Regional Arts Fund; a Federal Government initiative supporting the Arts in regional and remote Australia.

Sunday 24 November 10am - 4pm in the Green Room of the Republic Bar & Cafe, 299 Elizabeth Street (corner of Burnett Street), North Hobart. The Tasmanian Writers' Centre presents the Hobart City International Writer in Residence, RICHARD FOERSTER. In this workshop participants will explore the various components of effective poetry using a varied sampling of contemporary poems as models. Participants’ poems will be discussed in light of those models to discover effective strategies for revising their drafts. The outcome of this workshop is to enable participants to pursue their writing with greater awareness and command of the process and techniques involved in the crafting of poems.

RICHARD FOERSTER lives in York Beach, Maine, in the U.S. and is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Double Going (BOA Editions, 2002). His many Honours include the "Discovery"/The Nation Award, Poetry magazine's Bess Hokin Prize, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission, and the 2000/2001 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. He has worked as a lexicographer, educational writer, typesetter, and as the editor of the literary magazine Chelsea. The cost of this workshop is only $11 for TWC members and $25 for others. To book your place in this workshop contact the Tasmanian Writers' Centre on 6224 0029 or e-mail us at admin@tasmanianwriters.org. Richard Foerster appears in Hobart with the support of the Hobart City Council’s Cultural Grant Program.

4 November 2002

A new review of Moorilla Mosaic: Contemporary Tasmanian writing
apears on the website, Compulsive Reader.

This anthology of Tasmanian writing was published in April 2001. Slowly people from further afield are discovering it, and writing about it. Don't just read the reviews - buy the book!! (PS: You can do so via the PostPressed web site

30 October 2002

I have decided to open a space on The Write Stuff for authors with Tasmanian connections - poets. If you would like to have some work published there, let me know. I can't pay contributors, it is a money-losing venture for me and has been losing money since April 1995, the site is just there for the sake of promoting writing. So far, Lyn Reeves, Peter Macrow, James Charlton and Louise Oxley have said they'd send something there. What do you think? There will also be a section for Lionel Abrahams who has threatened to send 29 poems ... Why not. Lionel's a wonder.
I had some success with an online magazine in the US:Eclectica took three poems, previously published in Isolated States.

I have also just found a Japanese web site where a young author has taken my poem, Twenty Tigers, and has woven it into a short story in little extracts. I am not very flattered. In fact not very pleased at all. It's pretty off actually.
News thanks to Ivy:
Poet Judith Rodriguez co-librettist in Lindy Chamberlain opera

This site is now listed on the blog webring for Australian blogs, at « aussie blogs »

29 October 2002

Australia Council, Literature Board
Major Annual Grant Round
29 October 2002 ...
Media release
List of successful applicants
Congratulations to Tasmania's Anthony Lawrence; James Charlton; Julie Hunt and Rosie Waitt.

28 October 2002

'Cornerfold' launches in December and is seeking submissions to the two weblogs on the site. It's a great opportunity for young people to be published on a web site of a national broadcaster with a strong committment to diversity and independence.


Original work by Australian zinemakers gets a new-media design treatment in Cornerfold (www.cornerfold.com.au ), an SBS website launching in December 2002. Contributors to the first issue of Cornerfold magazine include zinesters Vanessa Berry, Natasha Cho, Mandy Ord, and Gregory Mackay. Cornerfold is looking for submissions to the two Cornerfold weblogs: pixelstories and like it is. They're after nuggetty little stories (max. 500 words) as well as small visual works. Entries must be on the theme of the first issue: childhood games. Visual works can be comics, photo-essays, Flash animations or Quicktime movies. Send your submissions and questions to cornerfold@sbs.com.au. If you are considering a visual work, email Cornerfold for specifications on file sizes and formats before submitting. You can also get yourself on the Cornerfold mailing list at the pre-launch site, http://www.sbs.com.au/cornerfold/ .
(Source: email posting to youthgas by Michele Sabto, producer www.cornerfold.com.au; email: michele.sabto@sbs.com.au)

27 October 2002

26 October 2002

If you have any poetry news please make use of this service by sending a message to Anne.Kellas@the-write-stuff.com.au ... But please do not send attachments; send your content in the body of the email message.
Thanks : > )

17 October 2002

Launceston Poetry Cup ... Congratulations to Magenta Bliss

MMM Bliss won the prestigious Launceston Poetry Cup this year, in a nail-biting finish.

12 October 2002

Praise for Tasmanian-based magazine, Famous Reporter:

Lionel Abrahams writes to the editor: ..." It's a famous medium to be placed in. After dipping and picking I began reading straight through and am finding more and more that I like immensely. At p.48 I've enjoyed many haiku and the review of Lyn Reeves [relative closeness to Japan inspires?] and poems by Lowe, Ryan, Sharkey, Joris. The variety is striking. And in the whole journal, the fine presentation is striking, the beautiful intriguing cover painting, the range of genres and of approaches and issues, combined with a healthy strong sense of belonging to Tasmania and serving its cultural life. (I envy this spirit. It's lacking here (South Africa): we have an annual Heritage Day and a vulgarly named Proudly South African movement aimed at fattening our economy especially tourism - yet, eg, the half-hour weekly book reviewing programme on our flagship English language radio channel condescends perhaps 1/20th of its time to notice new local writing of a literary nature: the rest goes largely on the popular international fare that the bookshops are turning over anyway.)

Saturday 12 October 2- 4pm in Gallery 3 (next to the Pugin Exhibition) at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (enter via the Courtyard between Davey and Macquarie Sts, Hobart) Blank and Free: poetry and prose readings by local and visiting writers, including BRIAN ANDREWS and TANSY RAYNER-ROBERTS, as well as the 2002 Burnie City Writer in Residence, Sydney playwright, JULIE JANSON, and visiting Indonesian writer, NURHIDAYAT POSO. This series of readings supported by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Tasmanian Writers' Centre. All welcome to this free event.

Saturday 12 October 10am - 4pm at the Neighbourhood House, 25 Circassion Street, St Helens. The Tasmanian Writers' Centre presents the Break O' Day Writer in Residence Lyn Reeves.

Saturday 12 October 10am - 4pm in the Green Room at the Republic Bar & Cafe, 299 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart, The Tasmanian Writers' Centre presents South Australian poet, Martin R. Johnson who'll be conducting his poetry workshop.

Sunday 13 October 10am - 4pm in the Green Room of the Republic Bar & Cafe, 299 Elizabeth Street (corner of Burnett Street), North Hobart AND AGAIN on Saturday 19 October 10am - 4pm at Creative Living Centre, 2 Spring Street Burnie. The Tasmanian Writers' Centre presents Burnie City Writer in Residence, Julie Janson. Julie will conduct her Writing for Performance Workshop.

Sunday 13 October -- RePUBlic Readings -- South Australian poet SA Martin Johnson

RePUBlic Readings -- program 'til the end of the year

Liz Winfield writes:
Dear Poetry lover,
This is the last three weeks of the 2002 Republic Readings series:

13 Oct – SA poet Martin Johnson.

Martin has three collections of poetry with Wakefield Press, Penguin and Cornford Press. He’s been flown over by the readings thanks to the Republic Bar and Cafe and Cornford Press. You can see his bio on the Tasmanian Writers Centre Calendar – he's giving a workshop on Saturday.

20 Oct – Marilyn Arnold, Bruce Penn and Liz Winfield

27 Oct – JA Paine, May Carroll, Sean Kelly and David Hansen(TBC)

15 Dec – Christmas Party -- Sausage sizzle followed by open reading

Hope to see you there, Liz

4 October 2002

Poems on Shakespeare sought (University of Iowa Press)

David Starkey and Paul Willis are seeking poems for an anthology entitled "In a Fine Frenzy Rolling: Poets Respond to Shakespeare".

Our goal is to collect contemporary poems inspired by specific lines, scenes, characters, plays or sonnets; we will also include work about Shakespeare himself, though we are not interested in "bardolatry," i.e., uncritical hymns of praise to the poet.

We anticipate that a significant number of the poems will be previously unpublished; however, we will also accept previously published work, provided the author holds the copyright. Poets already contributing to the collection include Leon Stokesbury, Sherod Santos, Allison Joseph, Peter Meinke, R.S. Gwynn, and Barry Spacks.

The manuscript is intended for the University of Iowa Press, and contributors will receive one copy of the book.

This is NOT a forum for beginners: we anticipate that most contributors will have a substantial body of published work to their credit.

Please send email copies of poems PASTED DIRECTLY INTO THE BODY OF THE EMAIL (no attachments) to David Starkey at starkey@writing.ucsb.edu. Hard copies (with SASE) may be sent to David Starkey, Writing Program, University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106.

2 October 2002

Ivy Alvarez writes from Scotland:
Talent-spotting: I spotted Stephen Oliver's work in Virtual Writer, a swish-looking web site for creative writing based in Co. Longford, Ireland.

Net news:
The theme for the next issue of Proof is 'Build'. No deadline has been set as yet; they accept poetry, short stories, excerpts from novels, script, and we especially welcome work devised specifically for the web which integrates combinations of text, image and sound. The current issue, 'Cool', can still be viewed at www.shu.ac.uk/proof/, along with previous issues. Submissions for consideration by the editorial board should be sent to s.l.earnshaw@shu.ac.uk

29 September 2002

Sunday 29 September -- 3-5pm at the Republic Bar & Cafe, 299 Elizabeth St, North Hobart.

Featured poets: John West from Melbourne and Christiane Conesa-Bostock
Born in Lyon, France, Christiane has lived in Hobart for many years.

BOOK LAUNCH: Liz Winfield will launch John West's most recent collection of poems (published by Tasmanian publisher Pardalote Press.)

Friday 4 - Sunday 6 October at various venue in Launceston. The 2002 Tasmanian Poetry Festival has a varied program of poets from near and far == see the for program details.

22 September 2002

New content on the Write Stuff: the poetry of Stephen Oliver (The Write Stuff vol.5, September 2002)
and coming up next: the poetry of Lyn Reeves and
the poetry of Lionel Abrahams.
Today at the Republic: Sunday 22 September 3-5pm
Kitty Madeson and Andrew Peek, who teaches creative writing at the University of Tasmania (Launceston campus) and has published a poetry collection about Africa.

There's a wonderful page all about Kitty Madeson at http://www.nyc10044.com/wire/2011/madeson.html and courtesy of that page, here's a snippet of Kitty's poetry:

Poems are strange creatures
they have such awkward features
they rhyme in metres
as in space
rather than in time.

Poems are like hoboes
who come to the back door
to ask for a piece of bread
but sit down to Sunday dinner instead.
(c) Kitty Madeson, from her collection, Waiting in the Wings

20 September 2002

This blogspace is about "Poetry happening 'North of line somewhere in Elizabeth Street where the latte runs out ..' " Poetry news is welcomed; keep it short and zippy ... Well, short-ish. Thanks. Anne.
The Hobart Fringe Festival is starting to really ramp things up, as you can see from Joe's notice about the Vespa Raffle. Our weekly e-newsletter is back in regular circulation, so if you are interested in receiving it email me at info@hobartfringe.com or you can see it at www.hobartfringe.com. I may post it here in the future but i thought i would see whether it fits with the rest of content of this blog first.

Anyway thanks for the invite, I'll let people know there's a new tassie cultural spot on the web.
Posted by Sarah Howell, 2003 Hobart Fringe Festival Artistic Director

19 September 2002

RePUBlic Readings # 5 and # 6 are out

More about this chap book series below from Walleah Press; available from Liz Winfield or just pitch up at the Republic one Sunday afternoon. $3 per copy is that right Liz?

Contributors to this space so far include:
Anne Kellas (with some background info for you about blogs; Anne's editor of this blog and co-editor of The Write Stuff; ahugo@tassie.net.au )

Ivy Alvarez
Lyn Reeves has a launch invitation for you (Pardalote Press launch of John West's new collection (more below); email: areeves@netspace.net.au)

Ralph Wessman posted news about the Cross Arts Exhibition still on until 6 September; Ralph is editor of Famous Reporter (Walleah Press; email: Ralph.Wessman@forestrytas.com.au)

Sarah Howell has news of the Hobart Fringe Festival

Tim Thorne has news for you about poetry readings at Lloyds in Launceston; the 2002 Launceston Poetry Festival, and the Launceston LongPoem -entries close soooooon so see below ... (Tim's poetry is known to all; he is Cornford Press; email: dadaa_tas@vision.net.au)

Joe Bugden, (Tasmanian Writers' Centre; director@tasmanianwriters.org) has also supported this venture.

Please contact Anne, email: ahugo@tassie.net.au if you would like to contribute content to this space. People who have expressed an interest in being content contributors: Chris Mansell, Stephen Oliver
Invitations still pending an answer: Billy Marshall Stoneking,
 Chris Cooper, Liz Winfield

Saturday 21 September 2-4pm in the historic Bond Store at the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery (enter via the Courtyard between Davey & Macquarie Sts, Hobart) Blank & Free: poetry & prose readings by local poets and writers, including Poet Adrienne Eberhardt, Writer /novelist Rachael Treasure & Poet and writer Caroline Flood . This series of readings supported by the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery and the Tasmanian Writers' Centre. All welcome to this free event.

Sunday 22 September 3-5pm at the Republic Bar & Cafe, 299 Elizabeth St, North Hobart. Hear readings by Kitty Madeson, who is a poet with a number of collections, and Andrew Peek, who teaches creative writing at the Uni. of Tas., and has published a poetry collection about Africa.

Saturday 28 September from 2.30 pm at Cucina Simpatica, Launceston. SpeakArt is back for the sixth afternoon of readings by local writers. Email c.hindrum@newstead.tased.edu.au for more information. This event is proudly supported by Cucina Simpatica, Fullers Bookshop Launceston and the Tasmanian Writers Centre.

Sunday 29 September 1-3pm at BOOKAMORE Shop 16 Mathers Lane, Hobart off Liverpool St, opp Myers. Ph: 03 62343081 JOE BLAKE reads his poetry, prose and quirky ukulele tunes. Plus…OPEN READING All welcome, bring your writing to share with the Bookamore's intimate audience.

Sunday 29 September 3-5pm at the Republic Bar & Cafe, 299 Elizabeth St, North Hobart. John West from Melbourne. Liz Winfield will launch Melbourne poet John West's most recent collection of poems (published by Tasmanian publisher Pardalote Press.) And poetry readings by Christiane Conesa-Bostock, who was born in Lyon, France.

Friday 4 - Sunday 6 October at various venue in Launceston. The 2002 Tasmanian Poetry Festival is on again with local and visiting poets. Go to www.tasmanianwriters.org/taspoetryfest.htm for program details.

Sunday 6 October 8.30 am - 10.30 am on Table Cape at Wynyard at the foot of the Lighthouse. Breakfast on the Table: A poets' breakfast. The Wynyard Tulip Festival invites Poets who have a poems on Australian life etc to join them and read their work. Members of the Tasmanian Writers Centre will be able to obtain tickets at the special discount price of $15 dollars per person. The tickets can be ordered and purchased from Debra Luttrell on 6442 1791 or by email orlando@tasmail.com

Sunday 6 October 10am - 4pm at the Bridge Hotel, Forth (on Tasmania's northwest coast). The Tasmanian Writers' Centre presents best-selling poet Phil Rush. Phil will present his Workshop for Beginner and Developing Poets. Participants are encouraged to bring along some of their own work. PHIL RUSH has become one of Australia's most prolific and best-selling poets of recent times. Total sales of his books have brought sales approaching 100,000 copies, a remarkable achievement! Phil has been the ABC's "Country Hour" poet in Tasmania for the past eight years, and is often heard on other programs as well. The cost of this workshop is only $11 for TWC members and $25 for others. To book your place in this workshop contact the Tasmanian Writers' Centre on 6224 0029 or e-mail us at admin@tasmanianwriters.org. Phil Rush appears in Forth with the support of Federal Government's Regional Arts Fund.

Phil Rush will also be doing a reading of some of his works in Forth at the Bridge Hotel's Poet's Pub Night on Monday 7 October, commencing 7pm. All welcome to this Free Event.

Saturday 12 October 10am – 4pm at the Neighbourhood Centre, Circassian Street, St Helens. The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre presents the Break O’ Day Writer in Residence Lyn Reeves. Lyn will be conducting her workshop, Making Poems. LYN REEVES is a widely published poet whose poems, haiku and short stories have appeared in journals and anthologies in Australia and overseas. She is the haiku editor of Famous Reporter, a partner in Bumblebee Books and manager of Pardalote Press. In October she will appear at the Tasmanian Poetry Festival in Launceston before spending three weeks in St Helens as the Break O’ Day Writer in Residence. The cost of this workshop is only $11 for TWC members and $25 for others. To book your place in this workshop contact the Tasmanian Writers' Centre on 6224 0029 or e-mail us at admin@tasmanianwriters.org. Lyn Reeves appears in St Helens with the support of Federal Government’s Regional Arts Fund.

Saturday 12 October 10am – 4pm at the in the Green Room of the Republic Bar & Cafe, 299 Elizabeth Street (corner of Burnett Street), North Hobart. The Tasmanian Writers' Centre presents a poetry workshop be South Australian poet, Martin R. Johnson. Martin workshops have two main aims:
1. By following a simple structure, participants attempt to write poems that contain something of three main elements: personal experience, external influence, the poet1s philosophical understanding of life.
2. How to map out a manuscript of poetry which will appeal to publishers. Participants in my workshops are encouraged to bring along a poem for comment, an outline/idea for a proposed collection of poetry, pens and paper, and plenty of questions.” MARTIN R. JOHNSON grew up at a workman1s camp at Humbug Scrub in South Australia. After a life as a seaman in the Royal Australian Navy, worker at a brick factory and timber feller at Mount Crawford Forest, he began to write poetry. The cost of this workshop is only $11 for TWC Members, and $25 for others. Bookings are essential so contact the Tasmanian Writers' Centre on 6224 0029 or e-mail us at admin@tasmanianwriters.org

18 September 2002


Pardalote Press is pleased to announce the release of John West’s fourth
poetry collection, ‘All I ever wanted was a window’ and to invite you to its launch by Liz Winfield at the Republic Bar & Café on Sunday 29th September at 3.30 pm
John West will be the featured writer at the reading event, along with Christiane Bostok

John West is a prolific poet with an impressive publishing history. His poetry has appeared in newspapers and magazines world-wide, (nearly 600 poems in 100 publications, as well as ezines and his three previous collections). He has won several awards, including the Victorian Anticancer Council Poetry Prize in 1999 and the Melbourne Poets' Prize in 1998. He was a guest at the 2000 Tasmanian Poetry Festival, and will also feature in the forthcoming poetry festival in Launceston.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the book and can’t attend the launch you can contact Lyn Reeves at < href="mailto:areeves@netspace.net.au">areeves@netspace.net.au

Praise for John West’s poetry: ‘an almost unbearable honesty and attention to detail’ - Warwick Wynne

‘’Outstanding. No technical brilliance, no clever poetic tricks…reminds me what motivates me to write poetry myself.’ – Shen

‘…tightly sustained and does not tip over into emotionalism. They are quite wonderful.’ – Judy Johnson

‘ honesty, guts and strength…maintains a fine tension between disgust and compassion…’ – Ed Reiss

‘ more good poems in Mr. West’s compassionate vein.’ – Les Murray

‘Wow!’ – Adam Ford

John lives in Melbourne. He has worked at many jobs including teacher, process worker, fruit picker, cane cutter, labourer, laboratory technician
and nurse. At present he is employed by a large rehabilitation hospital and the people he has met there have provided him with much of the subject matter for his later poems.

Poetry news from Launceston:

Monthly poetry readings in Launceston have now shifted to Lloyds Hotel, still on the corner of George and Cimitiere Streets, but diagonally opposite Fidlers.
The 2002 Tasmanian Poetry Festival will also be held at Lloyds. Dates for the Festival are 4, 5 and 6 October. More details soon.

Another bit of poetry news from north of the line is that the Launceston Longpoem will be closing at the Tasmanian Poetry Festival , so get your contributions in soon by emailing to longpoem@7250.net.
Check out the poem so far at http://www.longpoem.7250.net

17 September 2002

Annie Warburton spoke to Anne Kellas about this blog on ABC local radio today at 2 pm.

For the purpose of those new to the concept, here is some background information about blogs or web logs.

Here's a handy web site that explains all about blogs.

There's a glossary of blog terminology, including obscure words directly related to blogging and expressions commonly encountered in the blogosphere (qv) which might be obscure to the uninitiated. Blogdex at MIT is major source of info about blogs.

The Guardian has an excellent article about how to start your own blog.
Also read this salon.com article about blogs.
In an article, Blogging as a form of journalism, J.D. LASICA writes that "blogging represents Ground Zero of the personal Webcasting revolution. Weblogging will drive a powerful new form of amateur journalism as millions of Net users -- young people especially -- take on the role of columnist, reporter, analyst and publisher while fashioning their own personal broadcasting networks. It won't happen overnight, and we're now seeing only version 1.0, but just wait a few years when broadband and multimedia arrive in a big way."
Hope that helps!

13 September 2002

Another launch: Anthony Lawrence's latest book was launched on the 12th September at Hobart Bookshop by fellow poet, Stephen Edgar. "Skimmed by Light" is a University of Queensland Press publication.

It's prefaced with a quote from poet Richard Hugo:

"Why track down unity
when the diffuse is so exacting?"

The winner of the Hobart Poetry Pot on National Poetry Day was ... Melanie Green-- congratulations! (more about this event futher down this weblog page).
At same occasion, The Cross-Arts Exhibiton was launched by the Mayor of Hobart. The exhibition of art and poetry collaborations by Tasmanian writers and artists is on display until the 6th October at the Republic Bar and Cafe, North Hobart.

4 September 2002

GLOSS is a new journal located at http://www.glosszine.org . GLOSS is a web-quarterly featuring both text and visual art, and its first issue has just appeared. My friend Lionel Abrahams is in the first issue, and his message to me about GLOSS quoted their beautifully worded promotional message ...

" This is a non-profit (i.e., money-losing) venture that, we hope, will continue to lose money for a very long time. Civilization is expensive, after all. GLOSS will publish fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art, and critical articles.

"Though GLOSS is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, its outlook is universal. Art and ideas should cross borders, not set them."
Synchronicity: a message tonight from Ivy Alvarez in Aberdeen -- guess what? She has started a blog.
Check it out at http://ivyai.blogspot.com/
Also hosted by Blogger.
It's a small world! HIYA, IVY!!

3 September 2002

Republic Readings present :

National Poetry Day in Van Diemen's Land

Tuesday 10th September, from 6pm

Republic Bar & Cafe, 299 Elizabeth St North Hobart

The Republic Readings are co-ordinated by Liz Winfield, ph 6272 9324, e-mail leggs456@msn.com.and sponsored by the Republic Bar & Cafe and through the Tasmanian branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW Tas).

from 6pm -- Arrive early and secure a table and order from the Republic Bar & Cafe's extensive menu OR partake of a poor poet's meal.

from 7pm -- Launch of rePUBlic readings #6
by Elizabeth Dean of Montpelier Press

-- Launch of rePUBlic readings #7 by Bob Broughton of Arts@Work

The rePUBlic readings chapbook series present poetry and prose read at the Republic Readings and is published by Walleah Press. These issues will present 39 writers from Tasmania and interstate.

-- 8pm - The Lord Mayor of Hobart, Alderman Rob Valentine will open the National Poetry Day Cross-Arts Exhibition 2002

this exhibition consists of 31 pairs of poets and visual artists working together throughout Tasmania.

-- 8.30pm - The 3rd Hobart Poetry Pot all welcome to present a poem within a 1 minute time limit to be judged by audience response +ve or -ve.

The idea comes from the Launceston Poetry Cup whose concept has been exported around the world as poetry slam spectaculars. The winners name will be inscribed on the Hobart Poetry Pot which then remains on view all year round at the Hobart Bookshop in unassuming glory. The winner will also receive a substantial Island magazine package.

Thanks to the Republic Bar & Cafe, Cornford Press, Walleah Press, The Hobart Bookshop, FAW, TWC, Island, fig, Artery, CAST and Luke Wagner.

The National Poetry Day Cross-Arts Exhibition

The exhibition is presented by the Republic Readings and will be opened by Hobart's Lord Mayor, Alderman Rob Valentine on Tuesday the 10th of September, 8pm at the Republic Bar & Cafe, 299 Elizabeth St North Hobart.

The exhibition consists of 31 collaborations between poets and visual artists from around the state. The poets and painters vary from the young to old (14 to 60+), and new talent to the established talents of Margaret Scott and Geoff Dyer.

Keeping it in the family:
There are many combinations of artists with poets such as mother/daughter team of Philomena and Jasmine van Rijswijk; a husband/wife team; a brother/sister team; a work team of art teacher and literature teacher at Launceston College.

There are people who've never met before such as Adrienne Eberhard and Julian Halls who find they both have family connections that lead them back to Papua New Guinea as a starting point for their work.

Also, there's the spirit of a young blind woman who overcame visual obstacles to collaborate with a painter.

Writers included in rePUBlic readings #6 & #7, edited by Liz Winfield and published by Walleah Press, Hobart, are:

Kathy Allen,Ivy Alvarez, Jenny Barnard, Colin Berry, MML Bliss, Sheila Burchill, James Charlton, Anne Collins, Christiane Conesa-Bostock, Jeannine Connors, Adrienne Eberhard, Lyndall Edwards, Eleven, Joy Elizabeth, Deirdre C Gibson, Pete Hay, Graeme Hetherington, Anne Kellas, Karen Knight, Greg Lehman, Michael Lemmer, Kathryn Lomer, Peter Lewis Macrow, Angela Mahoney, Robyn Mathison, Daryl McCarthy, Gina Mercer, Louise Oxley, Bruce Penn, P.O. , Tony Rayner, Lyn Reeves ,Charmaine Salter, Margaret Scott, Sandra Seth, Tim Thorne, Philomena van Rijswijk, Ben Walter and Liz Winfield.

Previous Hobart Poetry Pot winners:
2000 - Tony Rayner
2001 - Andrew Harper & Karen Armstrong
Spaces open for readings/performances
Openings in many venues and environments...

...cafes, fest quiet space, festival club (beery noisy), galleries.

Join the festivities

October 3 - 7

National Young Writers Festival

ONLINE ANTHOLOGY <--- open for submissions at www.youngwritersfestival.org

October 3 - 7 Newcastle, NSW

**NYWF is made possible with the assistance of the Australia Council,

NSW Ministry of Arts and Newcastle City Council**

Email kylie@octapod.org for more details

1 September 2002

'Moorilla Mosaic: Contemporary Tasmanian writing' is reviewed by Margaret Bradstock in the latest issue of Five Bells.

Tasmanian poet James Charlton will be reading at the Australian Poetry Festival 2002 during the weekend of 6 - 8 September, Balmain Town Hall, Sydney.
for more details see http://www.ozemail.com.au/~poetinc

Tuesday 17 September: is the next meeting of Watersmeet Haiku Group in Hobart
We will be meeting at 2pm at Women Tasmania, but blokes are welcome too.

30 August 2002

Tuesday 10 September: National Poetry Day

Republic 6pm: Launch of the Cross Arts Exhibition -- a collaboration of poets and visual artists in Hobart, and the 3rd Hobart Poetry Pot -- a competition to see which poem raises the roof within a one-minute timeslot.

Sunday 8 September:

Greg Lehman and Kathy Allen at the Republic

Sunday 1 September: Open readings at the Republic

Congratulations to John Biggs for winning 1st prize; and to Peter MacCrow and to Chris Cooper as runners up. Judges: Bob Broughten and Karen Knight.

6 April 2002

Welcome to this new space for news about Tasmanian poety -- for Tasmanian poets?

The name for this blog originates from a comment made by Tim Thorne at the Sunday session of ANOTHER COUNTRY, in connection with writing "north of the line somewhere in Elizabeth Street where the latte runs out ... "

We figure that line is probably near the Republic Bar and Cafe where regular Sunday afternoon readings attract a diverse crowd of writers and readers ...
The Write Stuff web site is happy to provide the umphff for this initiative for people involved in Tasmanian writing. Short snippets of news are welcomed. (Contact Anne Kellas for more information).

Short story competitions to enter in 2019

Thanks to the Australian Writers Centre, here's a list of s hort story competitions to enter in 2019: https://www.writerscentre.com.au/...