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

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