30 December 2003

To all readers

Wishing you all the very best for the Christmas season and a wonderful, peaceful and poetic New Year!
Just an aside:

About the free links at the top of this blog: they come along with the free service that hosts this web site and are not at all related to this site's content. Cheers, Ed.

Important announcement for Australian writers ...

Here goes: the first public announcement of The Write Stuff inaugural poetry and short story competitions: see The Write Stuff web site for details.

The Write Stuff 2004 poetry and short story competitions

During 2003, The Write Stuff featured the Showcase of Tasmanian Poetry, edited by The Write Stuff co-editor, Anne Kellas. Now, thanks to a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous, The Write Stuff is pleased to announce its inaugural short story and poety competitions for writers Australia-wide:

1. The Write Stuff Poetry Competition 2004
This competition is for a poem or suite of poems; total length: between 10 and 200 lines. First prize: $700; second prize: $200 (Australian dollars).

2. The Write Stuff Short Story Competition 2004

This competition is for a short story of 5,000 to 10,000 words (i.e. no fewer than 5,000 and no more than 10,000 words). First prize: $700; second prize: $200 (Australian dollars).

Announcing The Write Stuff Short Story competition, Giles Hugo, the other co-editor of The Write Stuff, writes: "Few, if any, competitions cater for the reasonably long short story. The longest are usually pegged at 3,500 words. Some competitions ask for a mere 1,200 or 1,500 words. It's almost school essay time. Do the organisers of competitions believe that the judges have short spans of attention?"

"But seriously, serious writers like to write, to tell a good story in good time, to develop, delight, reverse and reward the reader for taking the form seriously. Most find the 3,500-word ceilling in most competitions is restrictive and limiting. Which is why, in setting up The Write Stuff Short Story Comptetion 2004 we have decided to set a word limit that takes off long after most other competions have left off, and which cuts off at a respectable altitude for almost all proponents of the art form - namely 5,000 to 10,000 words (ie no fewer than 5,000 and no more than 10,000 words)."

The Write Stuff will publish all prize-winning entries on its web site. The deadline for the competitions is Friday, 30 July 2004 and entries must be postmarked 30/07/2004 or earlier. Entrants agree to their submissions being published on The Write Stuff web site if they are prize-winners -- see the rules of the competitions on The Write Stuff web site , which is where to find the entry forms, at: http://www.the-write-stuff.com.au/competitions/.

Cornford Press

Cornford Press has announced its latest title: High in the Pawpaw Tree by Andrew Hardy.
Andrew Hardy (1974-1997) was not only a poet of great potential when his sudden and unexpected death deprived us of his keen intelligence; with his warm personallity and his idiosyncratic and zany genius, he had already begun to realise that potential. These poems range from the most delicate love lyrics to wry and perceptive social comment. Andrew Hardy's touch is always deft, no matter what the subject, and his sense of tone is exact and knowing. This volume presents for the first time a book-length selection of his poems, enabling a much wider readership to enjoy his combination of quirky humour, compassion and verbal originality than was the case during his life. (Source: Cornford Press)


... Giles Hugo, co-editor of The Write Stuff, and one of the judges of the soon-to-be announced Write Stuff inaugural poetry and short story competitions, explains the long, the short and the tall of The Write Stuff Short Story Competition 2004:

He writes:

THE short story is an endangered art form. No kidding. But there is hope.

In September when she read and spoke in Hobart, Annie Proulx confirmed that her next work will be a collection of short stories, and that, in fact, she may have written her last novel, as she intends to devote most of her creative energies to the short story.

I was flabbergasted and delighted that a writer of Proulx's proven excellence in both long and short fiction - including winning the Pulitzer, National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award - should turn her attention so exclusively to the short story. If her publisher backs her decision, it will be a great service to literature.

You've got to be a little crazy to value a marginalised art form so highly.

Some of my best friends are writers of short stories. I write short stories. Most of my literary heroes are writers of short stories. Some of my heroes are those demented souls of publishing who persist in putting out collections and anthologies of short stories, and those happy few editors of literary magazines who have an eye/ear/mind for real short stories - as opposed to ''short fiction'', or simply ''text'', the pissed-modernist's ''equivalent''.

Short stories published in most Australian literary mags, anthologies or collections generally earn their authors very little - anything from a couple of free copies up to about $350 (say $100 per 1,000 words).

That's why I always tell young writers: 'Don't give up your day/night job.'

While writers of short stories struggle on in their quest for legit hard-copy publication,one seemingly booming outlet for output is the plethora of competitions for short stories. Publication may not be part of the winnings, but prizes are considerable in some cases. Within Australia, they vary from tens of dollars to thousands.

However, all writers of shorts stories of my aquaintance agree on one thing: Few, if any, competitions cater for the reasonably long short short. The longest are usually pegged at 3,500 words. Some competions ask for a mere 1,200 or 1,500 words. It's almost school essay time. Do the organisers of competitions believe that the judges have short spans of attention?

But seriously, serious writers like to write, to tell a good story in good time, to develop, delight, reverse and reward the reader for taking the form seriously. Most find the 3,500-word ceilling in most competitions is restrictive and limiting. Which is why, in setting up The Write Stuff Short Story Comptetion 2004 we have decided to set a word limit that takes off long after most other competions have left off, and which cuts off at a respectable altitude for almost all proponents of the art form - namely 5,000 to 10,000 words (ie no fewer than 5,000 and no more than 10,000 words).

I believe that most ''serious'' - and that will be defined anon - writers of short stories have a few stories of such a length languishing in dusty drawers (like some of their authors!) awaiting just such an opportunity to stand a chance of winning up to $700 and achieving publication in this online journal.

Some might be inspired to write something new - exploring the art form at length. Power to your pens! And mouses.

So what will this judge be looking for in such ''serious'' short stories?

I rather like Kurt Vonnegut's injunctions to young writers in his Short Story 101 introduction to ''The Bogombo Snuff Box'' (....), which include:

* Begin as close to the end as possible.
* Something must happen. One notable exception is Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lit Place''.
* Everybody must want something.

To which I would add:
* Most good short stories have a beginning, a middle and an end - though not necessarily in that order. Like chess - and life - much of the skill exhibited in a good short story comes in the endgame.
* Comedy is best avoided if the writer is not a natural exponent - short stories do not carry a canned-laughter track.
* A good title - like a picture - can be worth another 1000 words. Bland titles are a wasted opportunity to stand out and impress.

What is a ''serious'' short story - vs, obviously, a frivolous one? Hard to say. My all-time personal canon of ''serious'' writers of short stories includes, in no particular order and for very different reasons: Edgar Allen Poe, Guy de Maupassant, Anton Chekov, Mark Twain, ''Saki'' (H.H. Monro), Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, Katherine Mansfield, Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Herman Charles Bosman, William Saroyan, Damon Runyon, Colette, Anais Nin, Dylan Thomas, J.D. Salinger, Gerald Kersh, Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, Anna Kavan, Truman Capote, G.W. Robinson, Geoff Dean, and Annie Proulx.

... ... Giles Hugo

28 December 2003

Turner Hospital Receives Patrick White Award

Janette Turner Hospital was recently awarded the 2003 Patrick White Award (which recognises a writer 'who has been highly creative over a long period, but has not received adequate recognition for their work'.) From the austlit web site: "Prior to this award, Hospital's only major Australian prize was this year's Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Best Fiction for Due Preparations for the Plague." (She has been shortlisted three times for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, but has never won; she lives predominantly in North America but visits Queensland fairly regularly and has been a writer-in-residence at Australian universities. After a publishing hiatus of 7 years, Hospital recently published a selection of short stories, North of Nowhere, South of Loss and the novel, Due Preparations for the Plague.).

27 December 2003

Read all about it
  • Singapore's Wordfeast 2004 includes Australia's John Mateer [link]
  • Unpublished Ogden Nash poem discovered [link]
  • Manners, poetry & injustice [link]
  • "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells: A Philosophical, Intellectual, and Spiritual Study" [humour]
  • US ex-laureate's poem on a billboard [link]
  • Poet accused of murder [news]

18 December 2003

Links of a literary kind

Send me your links ...

The Write Stuff web site currently has links at the foot of each page for Tasmanian literary web sites. I have gone full circle on the issue of having a separate links page. I have had such a page in the long distant past (mid to late 90s) but discontinued the links page because link-rot sets in so easily with web sites and keeping an eye on them adds to the work of a web site. But, after a long email discussion with Coral Hull, who contributed some opionion from John Tranter, I have decided to re-instate a separate web page on the The Write Stuff containing a list of selected links.

So any avid Latte Liners who are reading this, why not send me your favourite literary links? Be as eclectic and specialist as you wish, as long as the site you suggest is literary, and of some value to others writing. Ah. The email address to send them to is Anne DOT Kellas AT the-write-stuff.com.au -- thanks in advance.

16 December 2003

Word gossip
  • NZ poet Mark Pirie [profile]
  • Politically incorrect Enid Blyton [link]
  • Really young poets win [link]
  • Goverment Health Warning: Poetry Can Kill [link]
  • Tasmania: an artist's paradise? [link]
  • Man recovers from POEMS syndrome [health]
  • Thoughts on poetry competitions [link]

8 December 2003

Shorts and briefs
  • Sydney Morning Herald's 2003 best book picks, including poetry [link]
  • Yeats quarrels with himself [link]
  • $100m Poetry bequest creates headache, triples contributor's payment [link]
  • Coetzee overload [link] [link] [link]

6 December 2003

Sunday 7th Dec: Republic Bar and Cafe

Sunday 7th Dec: Poetry at the Republic Bar and Cafe, 299 Elizabeth St. North Hobart, featuring:
* 1 p.m. Barbecue in beer garden;
* 2 p.m. Masala concert, a hybrid of world music sounds;
* 3 p.m. Launch of The Poets' Republic Broadsheet #2;
followed by a reading from Launceston poet Tim Thorne;
* 3.30 p.m. Summer Open Reading Competition (5-minute time limit, literary prizes). For more details, contact Liz Winfield leggs456 @ msn.com, ph (03) 6272 9324.
(Poetry at this pub happens on the 1st Sunday of every month).

1 December 2003

Lit news and goss
  • Two Oz poets, same name, a lot of confusion [link]
  • Appreciating critic Hugh Kenner [life overview]
  • UK MP writes dubious poem [link]
  • Chant Laureate wanted [link]
  • Poet Benjamin Zephaniah snubs OBE [link]

25 November 2003

Far south of the Latte Line ...

Far far south of the Latte Line, you will find a purple haze, maybe a green glow, maybe a shuddering veil of iridescent colour that is the Southern Lights. If, instead of writing poems, you spend your evenings as I do looking outside into the night skies for an aurora, then this site will save you time and tell you when it's near Tasmania.

24 November 2003

More bits
  • Northern Territory mentorship program for two young writers. Deadline 28 November 2003 [info]
  • Robert Lowell's Collected Poems [review]
  • Katherine Mansfield fellowship goes to NZ's inaugural poet laureate Bill Manhire [link]
  • Winners of the Art Pasifika awards held in Auckland, NZ [link]
  • Hugh MacDiarmid's book of lost poems found [link]
  • Peeping into Italian poet Petrarch's crypt [link]
  • 23rd World Congress of Poets held in Taiwan [link]
A story about Eternity

21 November 2003

Saturday 22 Nov: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: BLANK AND FREE

Tasmanian landscapes in writers’ works
Venue: Bond Store TMAG 2.00 to 4.00 p.m.
Liz Winfield: poet, reviewer, regular contributor to Famous Reporter, editor of the rePUBlic readings series (Walleah Press) literary events organiser for many popular events and general encourager of poets in Tasmania: also author of the fine collection, Too much happens

Catherine Stringer: painter and performance painter who has collaborated with musicians to create cross-media interactive improvised duets. More recently she has begun working in a similar way with poets.

Matt Boden: keyboard player who has recently completed a masters degree in performance at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music. He has performed extensively in Tasmania and Melbourne. He is particularly interested in improvisation.

Sue Moss: writer, performer and reviewer. Her most recent publication is the cross genre anthology Interior Despots: Running the Border (Pardalote Press 2001) co-edited with Karen Knight. An overview of her improvisation work with musician Andrea Breen was published by New York University Press in 2001.

Catherine, Matt and Sue Moss are going to perform an improvised piece around the theme of Tasmanian Rural Landscape. This will be followed by a discussion about their work.

Cornford Press: RAVO, by MML Bliss

Cornford Press have announced the launch of their latest title:
by MML Bliss
136pp paperback, RRP $22.00  
ISBN 0 9581960 3 6

BOOK LAUNCH: The launch will take place at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 26 November at the Ravenswood Over 50s Club, 49 Lambert Street, Ravenswood.  The book will be launched by Dianne Brown of the Dianne Brown Pharmacy, Ravenswood. Further enquiries: email: info@cornfordpress.com or by phone or fax: (03) 6331 9658 web http://www.cornfordpress.com

" Ravo is a real place, made all the more real by MML Bliss’s imaginative portrayal of its residents, their concerns, their hopes and their struggles to survive.  This collection will remain among the most powerful depictions ever of ordinary Australians in poetry.

" MML Bliss, author of ten books of poetry, as well as a number of plays and prose works, lived in the Launceston suburb of Ravenswood for a year.  These poems are the result of her experiences and observations of life there.

" Some may find the book confronting, as it makes no attempt to glamorise or hide any aspect of life.  What you get is what is there in all its variety, but life in Ravo is no different from life in hundreds of other Australian communities.  There is the same mix of love and hate, courage and despair, weakness and strength.  The difference is that in MML Bliss Ravo has found a poet worthy of its own rich diversity."

Susan Sontag ...

Speaking to Ramona Koval, on Books and Writing, Sunday 31/08/2003, Susan Sontag said in passing:

" You know writing, at least for me, it's like giving yourself permission. It's a set of moves, inward moves, where you give yourself permission. The reason everybody isn't a writer is that you don't give yourself permission. That's why people don't sing, why people don't dance. Everyone can dance, everyone can sing, and actually everyone can write something this authentic and powerful and sincere. You may not be able to write about everything, but everybody has something in them that could find language. And powerful and expressive language. We know this when we try to teach children poetry, for instance, in the right way. Children can be wonderful poets. But why do we allow ourselves, and under what circumstances do we allow ourselves to be expressive?

" So I feel in some way my whole writing life is maybe not hiding so much but maybe allowing more of the things that really are me in real life that I don't let in to my books because I'm too shy or embarrassed or whatever. I think a serious person has to have masks. And I'm not talking about absolute transparency here. And a wonderful thing is, an artist of any kind is, of course, constructing masks, multiple masks.

" But I'm moving towards a place where I can be more expressive, and I've discovered a greater variety of masks ..."

" A glorious piece of Tasmanian publishing "

CA Cranston's book, "Along These Lines"
$29.90 paperback. Cornford Press must be one of the most undervalued books around. Why don't we hear more about it?

" Use this book as a wild and wonderful anthology of Tasmanian writings, another way of reading our history, or as a mad travel guide ... this is a glorious piece of Tasmanian publishing. " (From the introduction)

‘The title "Along These Lines" signals the structure: an anthology patterned on visible and invisible lines that traverses the city and countryside, both of which have prompted or inspired the lines reproduced here by poets and prose writers ... It can be experienced solely as a text, outside of contexts ... for there are tracks to be followed on the page, there are links and link roads, blind alleys, and roads to nowhere, roads to Paradise and roads to Hells Gates, lakes that have drowned roads, roads that have dried up lakes, stories on the sides of roads... ’

14 November 2003

Things to look at
  • The 2004 Strokestown International Poetry Competition is now open. [link]
  • The new Poetry Magazines Archive is a free access site to a full-text digital library of 20th and 21st century English poetry magazines from the Poetry Library collection. Launched in August, 2003, you can view the contents of over 20 UK magazines and journals. A fantastic resource. [link]
  • For women writers (sorry, guys): Mslexia accepts email submissions from overseas (that is, non-UK). Please read the guidelines via the [link].

10 November 2003

From far away, a novelist friend of mine writes:

"A couple of years ago I found myself at a literary festival where the writers actually outnumbered the audience. To make things worse, we were tucked away in the countryside, so you couldn't run away. It was a mightmare. All those authorial egos in a confined space: like squashing a whole packet of marshmallows into a matchbox."

SHOWCASE TIME: please read

Talking of squashing things into small spaces: the showcase of Tasmanian poets is nearly full: well, it has reached an optimum size I think and as no new submissions are coming in, or the supply has dwindled to less than a trickle, I have decided to close the call for submissions on the 30th November, yes that is the final final deadline for submissions. Please spread the word and let people know. This deadline gives me December and January to complete the showcase and have it ready for the next periodic round of archiving by the National Library of Australia's Pandora project early in 2004.

SO poets please send me updates to your entries and any news you have to be added to the section with your work.

4 November 2003

Arts Tasmania newsletter 3 Nov 2003:

Arts Tasmania (newsletter 3 Nov 2003) has a variety of news about successful grant applications, some of which are given below:

Ralph Wessman's Walleah Press gets $6,000 to publish of a collection of poetry ‘Head and Shin’ by Tim Thorne.

Arts Tasmania is giving the following mainland presses money to publish some Tasmanian poets thus:

Black Pepper -- $6,000 towards publishing, promotion and distribution of 'I Can Stand on My Hands, For Sure' by Adrienne Eberhard and 'Selected Poems' by Andrew Sant.

Brandl & Schlesinger Pty Ltd -- $3,000 towards promotion, printing and production costs of Sarah Day's most recent collection of poetry, 'The Ship'.

Ralph Wessman gets a further $5,100 to assist the publication of 'Famous Reporter'.

Island Magazine Inc gets $34,000 to assist the the publication of four issues.

The Tasmanian Poetry Festival Inc gets $4,000 for the annual programming of the 2004 Tasmanian Poetry Festival (well-known for its Launceston Poetry Cup).

Tasmanian poets receiving grants for other projects this coming year:

Anne Morgan -- $3,750 for a six- week residency to write a children's novel 'Felix Piper' based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin set in the town and caves around the Mole Creek area.

Anne Collins -- $1,000 towards '25 years on the island' (working title), a series of personal essays about living in Tasmania.

3 November 2003

Dan Hugo, website designer for Montpelier Press, has joined this blog as an extra admin person ... in case I delete things like the settings again ...
Anna Hedigan surveys Australian journals on the web (Cordite, Sept. 2003):
'Print journals in Australia are not web-savvy. They’re mostly hip to the notion that they need a web presence but most sites betray little or no idea of who is reading them ... Few of these journals have capitalised on the cross-over between people who love to read "hard" books and journals, and web-readers ... are they worried that posting content from their journal will dilute their brand? Reading lit-crit blogs like Maud Newton, North of the Latte Line, TMFTML and Bookslut might put editors in touch with the concept of the hungry online reader who's willing to shell out for good hard copy, where ever it's published worldwide. All they want is a little taste, man.'
Ok not everyone likes Radiohead. I accept that. But musically, if you don't listen to the words (like Italian opera), then ... ?

2 November 2003

Radiohead are coming to Australia ...

Eminent art-rockers, Radiohead, confirmed today they will perform in Australia in April 2004. Their "Floydian-style concert, with a Close Encounters-like back drop and theatrically-grandiose light spectacular" will play Sydney's Entertainment Centre on Friday April 23 and Melbourne's Rob Laver Arena on Monday April 26.
Little bits of news
  • Australian soldier-poet honoured by the Queen. [link]
  • Tibetan boy recites world's longest poem. [link]
  • Ted Hughes's Collected Poems [review]
  • The Flower of Anarchy at the Moscow Poetry Festival. [link]
  • Toni Morrison's Love [review]
  • Archbishop of Canterbury salutes Dylan Thomas. [link]
  • Poet U A Fanthorpe decided to do something radically different. [link]
  • Polish poet pots US$50,000 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. [link]

Index to recent posts

1 November 2003

Some food for thought.

"You have to give up poetry in order to write poetry."
"Forget about ambition. Just write for yourself and for your friends and anyone who'll listen. Forget about ambition. It's better to be a loser."
Allen Ginsberg.

Elizabeth Costello through a poet's eyes

Andrew Riemer, on J.M. Coetzee's "Elizabeth Costello":
" In this strange but deeply satisfying book, Coetzee combines the two aspects of his literary personality in ways that may challenge some readers' preconceptions about the relationship between imaginative and critical writing. Elizabeth Costello is both a work of fiction and a formal discussion of ethical, cultural and theoretical issues which have been preoccupying literary critics and scholars in recent decades...
" For Elizabeth Costello, there are no certainties; she does not know whether she believes what she thinks she believes. Everything is provisional, constantly challenged by doubt, by gnawing scepticism."
(From a review in the Sydney Morning Herald, September 13, 2003)

Hobart Poetry Pot ...

The Hobart Poetry Pot is taking place tomorrow, Sunday 2 November at 3 pm at the Republic Bar and Cafe; the afternoon includes a poetry reading by Kathryn Lomer.

30 October 2003

"You taught me to be nice, so nice that now I am so full of niceness, I have no sense of right and wrong, no outrage, no passion."  ~Garrison Keillor

26 October 2003

Republic Readings 2 Nov

On 2 November, the Sunday afternoon reading at the Republic Bar and Cafe in North Hobart will feature:
  • Kathryn Lomer

  • Hobart Poetry Pot

25 October 2003

"Works of art are of an infinite loneliness and with nothing to be so little appreciated as with criticism. Only love can grasp and hold and fairly judge them."
-- Rainer Maria Rilke

24 October 2003

Boyer Lectures, ABC Radio National

16 NOVEMBER - 21 DECEMBER 2003: Boyer Lectures: Owen Harries
Centre for Independent Studies Senior Fellow, Owen Harries, has been invited to present the prestigious Boyer Lectures, to be broadcast on ABC Radio National in November and December 2003. The lectures will be aired every Sunday at 5:00pm, beginning on November 16 and ending on December 21. The Boyer Lectures have been broadcast for more that 40 years and have stimulated thought, discussion and debate in Australia on an astonishing range of subjects. Harries joins a long list of prominent Australians who have explored major social, scientific and cultural issues facing this country. He will discuss international politics in a series of six lectures. (Source: ePreCIS, October 2003)

Congratulations ...

Yes the cardinals in red hats at the Australia Council have let out their plume of white smoke or whatever it is that they do and have announced the winners of their Literature Board funding for 2004 -- congratulations are due to the following poets in Tasmanian who received funding for work on poetry in the coming year: Stephen Edgar ($50,000); Adrienne Eberhard and Kathryn Lomer ($25,000 each) and Lyn Reeves and Carolyn Fisher were each funded to the tune of $15,000.
On hearing the news a minute ago, Liz Winfield of the Poets Republic said "What a fantastic result for Tasmania, I am just so proud. I am lost for words for once in my life ..."

23 October 2003

Wake-up call

There are changes on The Write Stuff home page (at last). News of a new competition; The Poets' Republic Broadsheet is acknowledged; and Kitty Madeson's poetry is featured this month. How strange the connectedness of things: Kitty once worked at the same university in St Louis which I have just visited, in the same Department ...

Coming up tomorrow: announcement of this year's Australia Council Literature Board grants.
Anthony Lawrence on poetry reviewing:

"Unfortunately, there are people in this country, often other poets, whose reviews are character assassinations wearing the mask of a critical work. This is common. I've experienced it. Many poets have. The Tall Poppy must be taken down. It's often jealous carping and it's always transparent. There's a great need here for good, fearless reviewers. A negative review can not only be a great leveller, it can be positive, if it's the work and the work only that's being attended to. There are things I've learned about my work in a "bad" review that have caused me to reassess how I approach certain things. This is a fine thing. Personally, when another poet publishes a book to critical aclaim, or wins a prize..... these things are to be celebrated. That's not always the case of course. It's said that poets are the most caustic of writers and readers in this country. That's true, but not only in Australia. I can't see things changing. There are thousands of serious poets competing for a very small section of publishing territory. This makes for some serious aggression. Oh well. In the end, all we can do is keep writing."
(Anthonly Lawrence, in an interview with John Kinsella, in Thylacine.)

Oi oi oi

23 October, 2003

Final deadline for submissions for the Showcase of Tasmanian poetry

1. Tasmanian poets who are not yet showcased at the above site are invited to submit poetry to the editor for publication in vol.7, Showcase of Tasmanian Poetry -- see guidelines at: http://www.the-write-stuff.com.au/poetry/tasmania/2003-guidelines/index.html
2. Submissions must be made before 30 November 2003. This deadline has been extended many times and the invitation has been open for over a year now. Anyone who has not yet sent work in to the Showcase must please do so by the deadline. This will enable work to be edited and put online during the Christmas holidays.
3. When preparing your submission it is important to the editor that you please follow the guidelines at: http://www.the-write-stuff.com.au/poetry/tasmania/2003-guidelines/index.html

Thanks. I am particularly interested in representing more Launceston and northerners in general on the showcase. Maybe someone can jog their collective elbows -- in some jolly fashion.

22 October 2003

Thanks to Eli Jones for writing to this blog saying:
"Comment: Not sure if this is the place to say this but I am just showing my appreciation to you for keeping this notification system in operation, you do a lot of work, maybe you get recognition for such offline, but online I see nothing of the sort. So, thank you, this is one of my first destinations upon logging on every morning.
Name: Eli Jones
Email: eli_jones@hotmail.com
Writers are invited to take part in an exciting Worldwide Fund for Nature project to create a first class full colour, hard cover book of photographs and writing on the Tarkine wilderness, to be published by Allen and Unwin in 2004. You will be joining Tasmania's leading wilderness photographers. Details about the "Fortnight in the Tarkine" is available from Ralph Ashton, email: ralph.ashton@perspectivecontrol.com

Ralph Ashton continues with info about the book due for release in October 2004: "... [the book] will include photographs and writing [and] will be used as part of the wider effort to protect the amazing natural heritage of the Tarkine, but it will not be a "protest book" -- above all, it is a wonderfully beautiful art book ... comprising 60 to 70 first class photographs of the very diverse wilderness in the Tarkine (rivers, trees, water falls, aerial shots of vast tracts of rain forest, coastline etc) and brief pieces of prose and poetry (fewer than 500 words in most cases) on the beauty of the Tarkine wilderness by leading Tasmanian writers. The book will become not only a wonderful record of the Tarkine and its range of beauty, but also a snapshot of Tasmania's artistic community. In addition, there will be sections detailing the significance of the area in historical, scientific, aboriginal and global terms (each by a different well-known expert in those fields) and a section on alternative economic uses to mineral extraction and forestry.

Deadline for all photographs and writing by the end of November 2003

"Fortnight in the Tarkine"

" The majority of photographs and writing will be collected / inspired during the "Fortnight in the Tarkine", which is set for the 2 weeks between 25 October and 9 November. We have invited photographers and writers to be in the Tarkine at the same time during that period, creating an artistic community in the forest.

" We expect about 20 photographers and 20 writers over the fortnight.

" The 'Fortnight in the Tarkine' will be flexible. You can choose for how long you come (4 days is probably the minimum practicable period). Also, you can choose to either move around the Tarkine independently or join us at one of the base camps ..." (More info in Ralph's word doc. available if you email him at ralph.ashton@perspectivecontrol.com

16 October 2003

Isolated States to a string quartet, Conservatorium

Just to let you know: Matt Dewey, a young bass baritone, will be performing some of my poems he has set to music for a string quartet today at 4 pm Conservatorium of Music.

(Addendum: when I got there, I discovered there were also performances of short pieces composed by other Conservatorium students, based on poems by Lyn Reeves, Anne Collins and Les Murray.)


11 October 2003

Literary news
  • Award-winning NZ author Michael King diagnosed with cancer [link]
  • IT specialist pens a Poem for Britain [link]
  • Belfast poet scoops £10,000 Forward Prize [link]
  • Pablo Neruda's Purple Patch [regular column]

7 October 2003


Anglicare Social Justice Lecture 2003

Professor Lowitja O'Donoghue will speak on the topic "Refugees, Reconciliation and Ruthless Policy: A Struggle for the Australian Soul?"

Thursday October 30th, 7.30pm, The Collegiate Performing Arts Centre, corner Davey and Barrack Streets, Hobart. Entry to the lecture is free.

(Lowitja O'Donoghue is a Yankunytjatjara woman from South Australi's far north. Her positions have included inaugural Chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Commission. She received the Companion of the Order of Australia in 1999 and was honoured as Australian of the Year in 1984).


a wide-ranging discussion with one of Australia's most inspiring leaders.

Friday October 31
7.30 - 8.45am

Corus Hotel
156 Bathurst Street Hobart

$16 per person

Tickets for the breakfast are available for purchase from Anglicare, 18 Watchorn Street Hobart, must be collected by Wednesday October 29th. To book call 6234 3510

6 October 2003

Recently posted at Cordite, the upcoming themes for the next five issues.

Issue #17 DRIVER
Submissions close 31 December 2003

Issue #18 ROOTS
Submissions close 31 February 2004

Submissions close 31 May 2004

Submissions close 31 August 2004

Submissions close 31 October 2004 [link]

The Poet's Republic- 9 October 2003, 5.30 p.m. Hobart Bookshop

"The Poet's Republic" -- a new broadsheet edited by Liz Winfield, poet and long-time organiser of the Republic Readings Series, is to be launched at Hobart Bookshop by Anne Kellas at 5. 30 p.m. on 9 October.

This bimonthly broadsheet is published by Ralph Wessman's Walleah Press. The broadsheet will become a regular feature available free of charge around the State in bookshops and cafes. Inquiries to: The Poet's Republic, email: leggs 456 @ msn. com (get rid of the spaces and the address will work, gotcha spammers!)

3 October 2003

J.M. Coetzee wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

South African writer J.M. Coetzee has been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature -- the second South African writer to do so in the past 12 years -- Nadine Gordimer was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1991.

Coetzee (pronounced kut-SEE'-uh) is not only a novelist: he's written numerous essays and manifestos covering everything from rugby to censorship; he has written on stylistics, is a literary critic, translator and writer of political journalism. He's acted as a literary critic for the New York Review of Books and his literary criticism has been published in essay form in journals such as Comparative Literature, the Journal of Literary Semantics and the Journal of Modern Literature -- collections have been issued as White Writing, 1998, Doubling the Point, 1992, Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship, 1996, and Stranger Shores: Essays 1986 –1999, 2001. His latest work, Elizabeth Costello: Eight Lessons is a mixture of essay and fiction.

In 1999 Coetzee became the first author to be twice awarded the Booker Prize.
The Yale Review of Books has a fascinating review of Coetzee's 'Stranger Shores' -- Coetzee's analysis of the canonical giants of several continents: 'The great novelist and critic boldly set out for distant shores; one of his most remarkable triumphs is to describe in thorough detail the literary traditions of countries vastly different from South Africa. His unique background allows him to comment on these traditions with lively and original insight. Few contemporary writers could produce such compelling commentaries on Samuel Richardson’s novel of 1798, Clarissa, or on Daniel Defoe, whose Robinson Crusoe inspired Coetzee’s own novel, Foe.

'In addition to his chapters on Richardson and Defoe, Coetzee brilliantly criticizes several major writers whom you may have always wanted to read but still neglected. The collection covers not only eighteenth and nineteenth century giants (Defoe, Richardson, Turgenev), but also masters of twentieth century European literature (Byatt, Mulisch, Rilke) and dominant figures of Latin American, African, and even Caribbean letters (Borges, Lessing, Phillips).

'In a typically far-reaching article, “What is a Classic?” Coetzee manages insightfully to link J.S. Bach, T.S. Eliot, and the Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert. This essay opens the collection and articulates Coetzee’s overarching task. The novelist-turned-critic has set out to exercise “one of the instruments of the cunning of history,” to affirm the privileged status of several classics by slowly and meticulously picking them apart. In doing so, Coetzee inserts himself into the European, African, and colonial literary traditions. His description of Clarissa’s body, for example, complements and even bests many older, stuffier Richardson commentaries.

'The book’s opening reflection on the classics also highlights one of Coetzee’s most consistently charming techniques: his revealing treatment of great writers as literary characters. In the case of “What Is a Classic?” the protagonist is T.S. Eliot, whom Coetzee alternately describes as “a man with the magical enterprise of redefining the world around himself” and “a man whose narrowly academic, Eurocentric education has prepared him for little else but life as a mandarin in one of the New England ivory towers.”
' (Source: The Yale Review of Books).

Announcing the Nobel prizewinner, the Swedish Academy said that Coetzee, "who in innumerable guises portrays the surprising involvement of the outsider", is "ruthless in his criticism of the cruel rationalism and cosmetic morality of western civilisation" and continued:

"There is a great wealth of variety in Coetzee's works, ... No two books ever follow the same recipe. Extensive reading reveals a recurring pattern, the downward-spiraling journeys he considers necessary for the salvation of his characters."
While Coetzee makes the distinction between right and wrong crystal-clear, he also portrays it as being ultimately pointless. "It is in exploring weakness and defeat that Coetzee captures the divine spark in man." (Press release).

'Coetzee has absorbed the textual turn of postmodern culture while still addressing the ethical tensions of the South African crisis. As a form of "situational metafiction," Coetzee's writing reconstructs and critiques some of the key discourses in the history of colonialism and apartheid from the eighteenth century to the present. While self-conscious about fiction-making, it takes seriously the condition of the society in which it is produced.' (David Attwell, University of Natal, in "J.M. Coetzee : South Africa and the Politics of Writing", Berkeley, Univ. of California Press, 1993.)

J.M. Coetzee is currently on sabbatical from his role as professor of general literature at the University of Cape Town and is attached to the University of Adelaide in South Australia. He visited Hobart about a decade ago at the invitation of Ruth Blair, then lecturer at the University of Tasmania's English Department.

NB see the Swedish Academy's biobibliographical notes on J.M. Coetzee.

New from Montpelier Press:

New from Montpelier Press: Ruby of Trowutta: Recollections of a country postmistress -- to be launched tomorrow, Saturday 4 October at 10.30 a.m. at Hobart Bookshop.

This is a biography based entirely on the spoken word of Ruby Paul, a remarkable woman who lived her entire life in Tasmania's isolated west and north-west regions. It "reminds us of another time, another way of living, and the remarkable achievements of people who thought they were ordinary". Author: Christobel Mattingley, well known in Australia for her young people's fiction and for her biography of Tasmania's Deny King, King of the Wilderness,; Drawings by Tasmanian artist Janet Fenton; Paperback, RRP: $25 + $6 p+h, ISBN 1 876597 11 9 -- order form.

Singing of Scented Grass

While I was away: Pardalote Press launched Singing of Scented Grass at the Moorilla Museum. This is a unique selection of Chinese poetry translated by Ian Johnston, beautifully produced by Pardalote. It includes Tang poetry by Wang Wei, Bai Juyi and Li Shangyin, followed by the translator’s own poems that interrogate the Confucian ideal of aspiring to high political office. "These elegant translations from the Chinese testify to the depth of Johnston’s engagement with these Tang masters: Singing of Scented Grass is his journey to poetry" writes Mabel Lee, University of Sydney. Copies are available in local bookshops or from the publisher, Pardalote Press.

2 October 2003

Big Muddy

My travels in Missouri in late September took me to Washington University in St Louis (see below, Spires Magazine) and to Southeast Missouri State University where their English Department encourages students to also take minor courses in small press publishing and in editing. All students doing so have the opportunity of working on the lit magazine, Big Muddy, which publishes a wide variety of content from that region of North America - literary and otherwise, and the quality is high. The students proofread and check the document and see it through the production process and the journal is published as part of the university's press. Southeast is home to the Center for Faulkner Studies and the Brodsky Collection.

Big Muddy reminded me a lot of Famous Reporter but is slightly smaller and its colour cover makes it a good production. I left with them many examples of Tasmanian publishing, in which they were very interested. Students from the humanities class on Australian culture were also present and their lecturer, having travelled to Tasmania, knew all about the fight to save the Franklin etc. If anyone is interested in seeing copies of Big Muddy or that university's journal, Journey, then contact me; in ways, it has much to inspire us here in Tasmania. (I am not quite "here" yet as I stand at an internet terminal en route with qantas having decided to refuel in a different city and mess up transit flight bookings etc.

The focus of my trip was concerned with research on international civic service and volunteering (and if anyone is interested in that I am happy to correspond too). The literary flavours came about through contacts of CA Cranston who had studied in the States, and a lecturer friend of hers who is a member of ASAL. Cheers Anne.

CA Cranston's book, ALONG THESE LINES is wonderful reading if you have not read it yet, I heartily recommend it; the book really explorers the literary origins and songlines of Tasmanian poetry and writing in general and is well-researched. Interestingly, it is used at one of the universities I visited as part of their Australian cultural studies course. Tim Thorne published it in 2000 and it is available from Cornford Press.

Island launch

A double issue from Island, no 93/94, at Hobart Bookshop last Tuesday (30th September); Sarah Day's last as poetry editor, James Charlton takes over next issue. The emphasis this issue: on environmental debate with essays by winners of a nature writing prize. Geoff Page reviews Adrienne Eberhard and Kevin Brophy, Pam Allen review Ouyang Yu - poetry, the judges report on the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize (won by Kathryn Lomer, runners up Susan Kruss, Sue Lockwood, Ronn Morris, other poetry including work by Andrew Sant, Diane Fahey, Peter Bakowski, John Kinsella and Hugh Tolhurst.

Island was launched by conservationist Peter Timms. Enjoyed his slant on eros being a missing element of the makeup of those in power. He began by recalling a dinner party where political discussion came up - of Howard, Bush, the refugees, clearfelling - saying he found the dinner conversation stimulating, with responses on the whole being mainly those of anger and despair (could particularly relate to despair). Then (he said) one woman, who'd previously been quiet, took advantage of a lull in the conversation, saying something along the lines of … I think those in a position of power … have no love in their lives. Those in a position of power are rarely allowed to express love of a kind that has no object, has no contingent - not a love that begins (not with certainty, as politics and big business rely on) but with doubt. One with wonder, delight, or even - to use another word - spirituality.

Timms quoted a line from Socrates, ('I know it's pompous to quote Socrates') - 'all I know is that I know nothing'

'You know how a line like that would go down in Parliament', Timms added.
Literary Nuggets
  • Student wins prize in UK Poetry Society competition. [link]
  • 'Solitude of Latin America' by Gabriel García Márquez. [essay]
  • Three Scottish writers remembered. [link]
  • Rita Dove: first black US poet laureate. [link]
  • An Adonis to win the Nobel prize. [link]
  • George Plimpton, co-founder of the Paris Review: 1927-2003. [link]

1 October 2003

Problem with comments

Please don't use the comments feature -- it is not working properly; will be fixed soon. Thanks. Anne.

24 September 2003

A snippet of a mention
North of the Latte Line sighted in a Cordite web-review. [link]

21 September 2003

Literary news
  • Great response to Poets Breakfast in Wauchope, NSW. [link]
  • Maya Angelou, 75 years old. [link]
  • Michelangelo's love poems "shot through with an inner torment". [link]
  • The Cheltenham Festival of Literature: Europe's largest literary festival [link]

18 September 2003

'Spires' is a literary/arts magazine in the USA which accepts undergraduate submissions from any college or university, anywhere. Submissions can include prose, poetry, paintings, photographs, drawings, short plays, mp3s, mpeg-4, and sheet music.
This magazine is online in PDF format at: http://www.kwur.wustl.edu/~spires/

15 September 2003

Short stories back in fashion: Republic Bar and Cafe 21 September

It's official: short stories are back in fashion, especially now that Annie Proulx has said she's giving up the novel for her love, writing short stories. Two of Annie Proulx's biggest fans in Hobart are on the bill to read from their work at the Republic Bar and Cafe on Sunday 21st September:
G.W. Robinson, winner of this year's Henry Savery Award, and

Geoff Dean, whose short stories have been translated into many languages and prescribed for school curricula nation-wide.

Voices in the trees

Launch: 4 October, Parliament Lawns at 1 p.m. Peter Cundall will launch Voices in the Trees, a compilation of songs and poetry by 12 Tasmanians, part of the 'Walk for Change' that day. There's a CD of Voices in the Trees, which Helen Gee has coordinated.

12 September 2003

Winfield and Solman today

Yip that's right, Repubic Bar and Cafe this Sunday: Liz Winfield and Stuart Solman: an event not to be missed.

9 September 2003

Literary heads and tales
  • Dylan Thomas burns in poetry festival.[link]
  • Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections scoops James Tait Memorial Prize. [link]
  • David Owen's Thylacine. [review]
  • Dog poetry. [link]
  • Exhuming Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca. [link]
  • Peter Carey's My Life as a Fake. [excerpt]

Showcase news

There are now I think over 30 poets on the Showcase of Tasmanian Poetry ... Near exhaustion, the editor asks: "Please read the guidelines before submitting work. Thanks, Anne Kellas." The guidelines are at: http://www.the-write-stuff.com.au/poetry/tasmania/2003-guidelines/ Latest addtions: Chris Cooper, Andrew Sant, and soon: Kitty Madeson.

Australian Author: Flanagan maps out a revolution for Australian publishing

The latest issue of 'Australian Author' (Aug. 2003) has a long long article by Richard Flanagan in which he maps out a revolution for Australian publishing. It's 'slightly abridged' from the keynote address he gave to the Australian Publishers Association's Book Industry Forum in Sydney on 18 June 2003. Australian Author, v.35, n.2, August 2003, pp.6-16.)

Fellowship of Australian Writers: Tas members note:

FAW's Robyn Mathison has specially asked this blog to announce the annual competition for members, poetry and short stories, deadline soon (End of October?) Accurate details from Robyn Mathison (Hobart).

Andrew Peek's 'The Calabar Transcript'

Andrew Peek's collection, also published by Five Islands Press, will be launched during the New Poets 9 Road show on Hobart on Friday 12 September at the Hobart Bookshop, 5.30 pm:

Five Islands Press: New Poets 9 -- Roadshow

The Roadshow hits Hobart on Friday 12 September at the Hobart Bookshop, 5.30 pm: Louise Oxley: Compound Eye; Helen Lambert: Venus steps out; alicia sometimes: kissing the curve; Jan Teagle Kapetas: Flight; Tric O'Heare: Tender hammers; Ross Donlon: Tightrope horizon -- and the editor Ron Pretty will be there too.

Launceston Poetry Festival

yes! It's that time of year again already ... Starting on Friday 3 October and continuing all that weekend, Launceston turns into the poetry capital of Australia. Special poetry stars this year: MTC Cronin, Stephen Edgar and Peter Bakowski ... and many many others. Details from Cameron : email: taspoetryfest@yahoo.com.au

6 September 2003

Strings attached to isolated poems

At the iniative of bass baritone Matt Dewey, a small selection of poems from 'Isolated States' by Anne Kellas has been set to music by a string quartet (some members of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music) I am just off to go and hear what it sounds like ... !

5 September 2003

Off-topic wanderings

Googlism.com will find out what Google.com thinks of you, your friends or anything for that matter. Try a search of Famous Reporter ...
" famous reporter is a cool little lit mag "
" famous reporter is dark and serious "
" famous reporter is a rare bird indeed "
and so on.

National Poetry Week initiative

Forwarded from a posting made to the AUSTLIT list by Jayne Fenton Keane, Director, National Poetry Week, http://www.nationalpoetryweek.com and http://www.poetinresidence.com

To: "JFK" jfk@poetinresidence.com
Subject: Notes to a Stranger. The Original Note
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2003 17:07:07 +1000

Notes to a Stranger.
The Original Note that was circulated.
Please circulate and participate.
Apologies if you have already received this.

I'm inviting you to take part in a performance poetry event of a different kind between the 7-14th September.
All activities will be published on the website and possible future anthology.
Your mission is to write a note to a stranger in the sleeve of one of your poetry books/CDs, or a poetry book written by someone else, and to leave the book/CD in a public place for a stranger to pick up.
Your notes will be published in 'Notes to a Stranger' on the National Poetry Week website, as will one of the poems of your choice from the book. Pass this mission on to anyone who is adventurous enough to try it! Please register by completing the snippet below. After the event you can let me know if there were any changes. The press will be warned but the public won't!

Poet's mission file:

accept the National Poetry Week mission
scheduled between the 7-14th September, 2003
Anticipated time of book/CD departure: ...
Anticipated place of book/CD departure (place, city, state, Country): ...
Name of book/CD: ...
Author of Book: ...
Year of publication: ...
Publisher's details: ...
Contents of note: ...
Any comments about the mission: ...

Makes sense to you? Good.

book launch: 'Hey Joe'

Hobart Bookshop
5.30 for 6.00 pm Monday September 22

Michael Hyde's 'Hey Joe' (Vulgar Press)
("the first book to tell the story of the Vietnam War from our side")

launched by Jim Bacon

launch of Kathryn Lomer's collection 'Extraction of Arrows'

Thursday 4th Sept, at Hobart Bookshop

Kathryn responded to Sarah Day's generous launch speech by suggesting that if champagne is the ritual for launching ships, then she's just experienced the equivalent of Dom Perignon cast over the bows of her book. "Sarah is a wonderful example," Kathryn continued, "of someone who succeeds at teaching, mothering, at her poetry and editing and many many other things … it was in her role as editor of 'Island' when she asked for the poem 'everyday ophelia' for publication in 'Island' magazine that was pivotal in helping me to take my writing seriously. Sarah stood in for me at 'Island's' launch and read it for me … and I wish I'd been there!"

"With the evolving of this collection I need to pay tribute to many people ... to Deb Westbury who was the facilitator of a poetry manuscript workshop at Varuna in 2001 which gave me confidence to put my collection out there and to eventually send it to UQP."

"Others I'd like to thank include Louise Oxley - a constant friend and writing buddy and valuable critic and much more besides. And to Louise and Adrienne Eberhard, for their involvement in our small writing group of three - in fact, I don't know if I can call it a 'group', I did look up 'group' in the dictionary and it said it was anything over two so perhaps it's right to do so … a group that offers enthusiasm and enjoyment, not only for writing but way beyond. Liz Winfield who over the years has gently - and not so gently - pushed me to go 'outside my comfort zone'. I think it was at Liz's Republic Readings that I first read my poetry in public, and she helped with my collaboration with Christine Scott for National Poetry Day last year."

"My particular thanks go to Lyn Reeves for her encouragment through the Moorilla Readings, who helped me survive Sydney Writers' Festival last year … thank you."

"Lastly I'd like to thank my son Cormac. It's timely that this launch is being held on the fourth of September, because it's Cormac's birthday tomorrow, he turns five. Many of the poems in this collection have to do with him, and if I can quote from the title poem of the collection, 'Extraction of Arrows':

You see, I've been given a second chance
to pay attention to details.
I'm learning the names of whales,
seahorses, sharks and frogs,
parts of insects, leaves and fish,
all about waves and why there are rainbows;
everything is suddenly equally important.

… which is how I feel, as if I've been given a second chance, to pay attention to details, and to see them through a child's eyes. Thank you for coming."

(Editor's note: Kathryn thanked many others too, but I regret I couldn't keep up with her, didn't have my tape recorder with me.

Phew ... lots to read at ...

Jo Wade's web site.

4 September 2003

Kathryn Lomer book launch today

Kathryn Lomer's first collection, Extraction of Arrows (UQP) is being launched by Sarah Day at the Hobart Bookshop today, 5.30 pm.

National Poetry Week event: Sunday 7 September August 3-5pm

Sunday 7 September August 3-5pm
National Poetry Week Celebration at the Republic Bar and Cafe - corner of Burnett and Elizabeth Sts. North Hobart
Curated by Michael Fortescue
Be a part of the poetry community and help celebrate National Poetry Week by reading one of your own poems and one other, by another person, that is important to you.

2 September 2003

Literary news abroad
  • Behind-the-scenes Man Booker gossip. [link]
  • Stephanie Johnson's Moody Bitch: Poems of the Last Two Decades [review]
  • New US Poet Laureate Louise Glück's apprenticeship to 'the great dead'. [link]

31 August 2003

New features on this weblog

You can now comment on items in the blog; after editorial review, comments will appear on the page. The feature is being tested at present by the Latte Line's hitech consultant, Dan.
National Poetry Week is hotting up:
The Republic Bar and Cafe - corner of Burnett and Elizabeth St. North Hobart, is hosting an open-mike afternoon of poetry on Sunday, 7 September: everyone's invited to read, and there's some kind of prize for the top two poems judged to be the top two poems, something like that ... Not sure who's organising it but it is sure to be happening and worth coming along to watch/listen/read ... Sunday, 7 September: 3-5 p.m.

9 October 2003: The Poet's Republic, edited by Liz Winfield, poet and long-time organiser of the Republic Readings Series, is to be launched at Hobart Bookshop by Anne Kellas at 5. 30 p.m. This is the first of a bimonthly broadsheet published by Walleah Press. Contributors receive $5 in postage stamps and everyone else receives the document gratis. Inquiries to: The Poet's Republic, email: leggs 456 @ msn. com (get rid of the spaces and the address will work, gotcha spammers!)

30 August 2003

KATHRYN LOMER's first collection of poetry, 'Extraction of Arrows', is being launched by Sarah Day on Thursday 4 September 5.30pm at Hobart Bookshop 22 Salamanca Square, Hobart. Kathryn is the author of The God In The Ink -- More info at The Write Stuff.

29 August 2003

Republic Readings
(The Republic Bar and Cafe - corner of Burnett and Elizabeth St.)
Sunday 31 August 3-5pm

Geoff Dyer (Archibald Prize winner) will be painting on stage to Michael Fortescue's improvisations. The resulting painting will grace the walls of the refurbished upstairs room of the pub. The featured poet will be Lyn Reeves. Geoff is the winner of the 2003 Archibald Prize. A not to be missed event.

22-31 August 2003
Program ...
See program.

The August-September issue of the JAS Review of Books includes new reviews by: Christine Choo, Diane Brown, Sue Bond, Geoff Parkes, Ioana Petrescu, Stephyn Mappin, Deborah Hunn, Steve Evans, Debra Zott, John Blahusiak, Jean-Francois Vernay, Glen Phillips, Christy Collis, Natasha Giardina, Tony Smith, Maggie Tonkin, Irish Low, Robert Crawford, Bernard Whimpress. See details.

The 2003/4 editors of New Talents 21C, an annual publication featuring the original work of new and emerging writers in the arts, humanities and social sciences, have been announced. This year, the project attracted 173 submissions. With the help of 158 academic supervisors and 209 referees, there are 102 articles under active consideration. The best 21 articles will be edited into a single volume that will be launched at the Perth International Arts Festival in February 2004. Further details.
Source: email announcement by Richard Nile, Professor of Australian Studies, Director The Australia Research Institute at Curtin University of Technology.
Some things you may have missed:

The Tasmanian Poetry Scene : A Young Writer's Perspective, by Juliet Paine, in 'Five Bells' vol.10 no.2 Autumn 2003 pp.13-14.

Poetry in Tasmania : A Personal Memoir, by Tim Thorne, in: 'Five Bells' vol.10 no.2 Autumn 2003 pp.4-6.

Kindling Sparks : Poetry in Hobart, by Megan Schaffner, in 'Five Bells' vol.10 no.2 Autumn 2003 pp.7-10.

British author Nicholas Shakespeare explains why he owns a house in Tasmania and talks about the adaption of his novel, The Dancer Upstairs, to the screenplay of the film of the same name -- The Canberra Times 5 July 2003 Books section [1a]
On Thursday 4th September at Hobart Bookshop Sarah Day will launch Kathryn Lomer's poetry book Extraction of Arrows (UQP).

This is the flyer sent round by Chris Cooper to remind you of next Sunday's event at the Republic.

Republic Readings
(The Republic Bar and Cafe - corner of Burnett and Elizabeth St.)

Sunday 31 August 3-5pm

Geoff Dyer, Michael Fortescue and Lyn Reeves in a Poetic, Musical and Visual Arts Conversation.

Geoff is the winner of the 2003 Archibald Prize. A not to be missed event.
Aim Higher is a national competition organised by the Chifley Research Centre in partnership with Woodside Australian Energy.

The competition gives young people the chance to put their ideas about the challenges of going from school to TAFE, university or work on the national political agenda. The competition will provide young Australians with a means and a national platform to contribute to policies that affect them.

There are two categories for young people aged 17 and under (born 1986 or 1987) and 15 and under (born 1988 or later).

Entries can be made in any format, including: essay or short story (no longer than 1,500 words); artwork; song; video; or poem. It can be a group entry or an individual entry.

Suggested themes for your entry include:
* What you aspire to be;
* What opportunities you need to get there;
* Who inspires you to achieve;
* What hurdles you have faced.

Your entry need not be limited to these suggested topics. Each winning entry will be awarded $2,000 towards the achievement of your educational goals, and a trip to Sydney to present your ideas at the ALP National Conference in January 2004.

For more info visit the Chifley Research Centre Website.

28 August 2003

Invitation to attend 2004 National Young Writers' Festival
The National Young Writers‚ Festival (NYWF) will be held in Newcastle from 2-6 October. It covers many forms of writing including grafitti, zines, comics, rap, blogging, and fan fiction, as well as other forms of writing such as theatre, film, journalism, poetry, short stories and novels. The festival will feature events, workshops and panels at various venues throughout Newcastle. It also includes the largest zine and small press fair in Australia. To find out more, visit http://www.generate.qld.gov.au/index.cfm?pageID=541 !

27 August 2003

Literary news
  • Hikers discover secret tribute to poet Hughes. [link]
  • Risky young poets not published. [link]
  • Dylan Thomas no longer barred from Welsh pub. [link]
  • Profile of poet Stanley Kunitz. [link]
  • JK Rowling to be nominated for Nobel Prize for Literature. [link]

25 August 2003

Here's a handy link to the list of forthcoming readings at the Bond Store, further down this looonnngg page; the readings take place at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery on the last Sunday of each month, or thereabouts.
Something you may have missed: don't miss it next year! The annual ZUM Cafe reading by year 11/year 12 students at colleges around Hobart. For my sins, I was the judge of the poetry section this year, and have never worked so hard in my life. Four hours solid of listening to incredibly vibrant, strong, full-on, undiluted, beautiful, scary poems by incredibly vibrant, strong, full-on, undiluted, beautiful, scary YOUTH. The teachers of our Matric colleges deserve congratulations for producing so many young poets, may they FLOURISH. Am still buzzing. Mindyou I nearly had a nervous breakdown from trying to judge the poems ...
Winners: (poetry)
1st prize: Scott Edwards ("All I wanted" -- after Geoff Goodfellow)
2nd prize: Lauren Cooke ("My brother the animal")
3rd prize: Marnie McNiell ("Dear You")
Very Highly Commended: Kate Lucas ("Counting for You")
Highly commended: twelve poets
and congrats to everyone for participating.
Republic Readings Series continues next Sunday with a reading curated by Michael Fortescue and Geoff Dyer. Rumoured to be on the bill: Lyn Reeves.
PS The Republic Bar & Cafe have a web site now ...
LINGUA FRANCA with Jill Kitson
Listen to this program online: The Poems of Anna Akhmatova. Translating the poems of Anna Akhmatova. The American poet Judith Hemschemeyer talks with Robert Dessaix about the dilemmas of translation. Web site: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/arts/ling/

19 August 2003

Literary news abroad
  • Man wanted for murder of poet Amiri Baraka's daughter. [link]
  • Dylan Thomas' secret war-time lover. [link]
  • Has poet CK Williams' anger mellowed? [link]
  • 'Poetry gardener' unveils latest in Edinburgh. [link]
  • Glasgow and Edinburgh bid for World City of Literature title. [link]
  • Ghazals, kalams and nazams from a galaxy of Urdu poets. [link]

16 August 2003

Poetry of Ancient China

Mark 28 September in your diary. That's when the translations of Tang dynasty poetry. "Singing of Scented Grass" will be launched.
Place: Moorilla Museum of Antiquities 655 Main Rd, Berriedale
Time: 2.00 p.m.
The collection will be launched by John Unicomb, who read from the translations at the performance of these poems during the first Ten Days on the Island festival in 2001. The translations are by retired neuro surgeon, Ian Johnston, who now lives on Bruny Island. The book features beautiful brush paintings in the Chan style to complement the Buddhist flavour of the poems. For readers of Chinese, the text of many of the poems is included.
"Singing of Scented Grass: Verses from the Chinese" is published by Pardalote Press. Everyone is welcome to celebrate the launch of this very special collection.

15 August 2003

Hot news: Blank and Free readings in the Bond Store,
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart:
Here's the whole program for the rest of the year:

Saturday 23 August 2003: Tasmanian images.
Writers responding to living art in the galleries of The TMAG.
Venue: Bond Store TMAG 2.00 to 4.00 p.m.
Christiane Bostock
Jennifer Barnard
Magenta Bliss (to be confirmed)

Saturday 27 September 2003: Zine and Heard
Chap books zines, comics illustration and writing
Venue: Galleries TMAG 2.00 to 4.00 p.m.
Featuring Peter Bakowski
Karen Knight launch

Saturday 25 October 2003: Buildings
Architectural elements in writing
Venue: Bond Store TMAG 2.00 to 4.00 p.m.
Lindsay Broughton (to be confirmed)
Dr David Reiter
Molly Guy

Saturday 22 November 2003: Glover and Rural landscapes
Tasmanian landscapes in writers works
Venue: Bond Store TMAG 2.00 to 4.00 p.m.

Saturday 28 February 2004: Son of Squid
Our second appearance with the giant squid!
Fantasy and sci-fi writings touching on the unknown.
Venue: Bond Store TMAG 2.00 to 4.00 p.m.

(FOR MORE INFO: Bob.Broughton@artsatwork.com.au)

13 August 2003

Republic Readings, Sundays 3-5pm at the Repubic Bar and Cafe in North Hobart
Sunday 17th August: special guest readers: two amazing poets:
James Charlton and Stephen Edgar
Stephen is a former poetry editor for Island Magazine, and James takes up that role as of issue #95. (You can read all about them on The Write Stuff's Showcase of Tasmanian Poetry, follow this link for Stephen; follow this link for James.

This week's featured poet on The Write Stuff: Peter Macrow.

10 August 2003

More lit news
  • Elizabeth Knox's Billie's Kiss and Damien Wilkins' Chemistry are nominated for the 2004 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. [link]
  • The Reduced Shakespeare Company presents the history of Western literature in 90 minutes. [link]
  • Def Poetry Jam hits the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. [link]
  • Mystery object in Eliot poem solved. [link]
  • Pocket poems: the Poem-me service allows users to receive a poem everyday, five days a week, via their mobile phone or email address. [link]
  • Popular poet showed Welsh bardic tradition at its best, wins prize. [link]
  • Darwinian poetry: 'Tis survival of the fittest words. [link]
  • The Most Amusing New Books by Older Writers Shortlist. [link]
  • Irish poet Heaney goes to Emory. [link]

9 August 2003

Henry Savery Short Story Competition winner announced!

G. W. Robinson of Cygnet, Tasmania
won this award for his story titled: MOMENTS
Congratulations, Smokey!

More info coming soon
The judge was Philomena van Rijswijk.
Sunday 10 August 3-5pm --

Last chance to see Ryk Goddard and his team in the 2003 season of Republic Readings at the Republic Bar and Cafe - corner of Burnett and Elizabeth St.)
Curated by Ryk Goddard from IS Theatre
Loud, passionate and intense. Spoken word reconnects with its beat past - experience the bizarre and improvisational.
Featuring sound and fury percussion poetry and deconstructed pop songs by Josh Green, Ryk Goddard, Michael Fortescue, Tador Flaherty, Andrea Breen, Helen Swain, and Tristran Stowards.

6 August 2003

The September/October issue of Stylus will feature haibun only. They are calling for submissions now. [link]

1 August 2003

This Sunday's Republic Readings, at the Republic Bar and Cafe in North Hobart, 3 August 3-5pm, is the start of the second 2003 series of readings, and is being curated by Ryk Goddard (of IS Theatre). "Sit back in the warm and experience the latest in Tasmanian text for performance. Short bursts of x-art form; poetic and performance. Readings of new theatrical texts, or theatrical readings of new texts.By Ellen Blackman, Ede Strong, Rob Scotney, Ryk Goddard, Sarah Duffus and surprise guests.. Keep informed of what's coming up each Sunday by getting onto Chris Cooper's e-list.

Two New Poetry titles from Stephen Oliver:
DEADLY POLLEN, Word Riot Press, Middleton NJ, USA, 2003
BALLADS, SATIRE & SALT - A Book of Diversions, Greywacke Press, Sydney, 2003
Available via Stephen Oliver sao@smartchat.net.au

Stephen Oliver b. 1950. Grew in Brooklyn-west, Wellington, New Zealand. Author of eleven titles of poetry, including: Night of Warehouses: Poems 1978-2000, HeadworX Publishers, 2001. One year Magazine Journalism course, Wellington Polytechnic. Radio NZ Broadcasting School. Casual Radio Actor. Lived in Paris, Vienna, London, San Francisco, Greece and Israel. Signed on with the radio ship, ‘The Voice of Peace’ broadcasting in the Mediterranean out of Jaffa. Free lanced as production voice, newsreader, announcer, voice actor, journalist, copy and features writer. Poems widely represented in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, USA, UK, South Africa, Canada, etc. Recently published, DEADLY POLLEN, a poetry chapbook, Word Riot Press, (USA), 2003, and, Ballads, Satire & Salt - A Book of Diversions [with illustrations by Matt ottley] Greywacke Press, 2003. Forthcoming: a CD of poems titled: KING HIT - Selected Readings – written and read by Stephen Oliver to original music composed by Matt Ottley, for international release. Stephen is a transtasman poet and writer who lives in Sydney. http://people.smartchat.net.au/~sao/
New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre -- links page

The Zuzu's Petals -- links page
should keep you busy 'til next time ...
The Write Stuff is thinking up ideas for a poetry competition and a short story competition ... watch this space for details ...
Also see the site for a revised section on Stephen Oliver, fresh poems from Tim Thorne and I can't remember what else but the site is evolving.

28 July 2003

Worth a visit: www.ernmalley.com/
The e-zine 'Snow Monkey' is also a print journal. The editor, Kathryn Rantala, also publishes e-books when she has a theme in mind.
'Snow Monkey' is interested in eclectic, experimental, well-written short stories and poems. Women writers interested in contributing to her e-books are encouraged, as at present there is an over-abundance she says of male writers' submissions to the mag, and she wishes to add an evenness of experiences, of representation to her books. For more information on 'Snow Monkey' contact the Editors, Snow Monkey PO Box 127
Edmonds, WA 98020 USA; You may also send text-only submissions (no attachments or HTML) to submissions@ravennapress.com.

Alison adds that another ezine - Adirondack Review -- is worth checking out.

Don't forget the launch of Famous Reporter, Tues 29 July at Hobart Bookshop, 5.30 pm; includes the launch of 'A Tasmanian Paradise Lost', the latest collection from Graeme Hetherington; both are publications of Ralph Wessman's Walleah Press.

You are cordially invited to celebrate the launch of 'The Girl in the Golden House' by John Biggs, (Pandanus Press, 2003). To be launched by its publisher, Ian Templeton of Canberra-based Pandanus Books, at Fuller’s Bookshop, 2 p.m., Sunday 24 August 2003. 'Chris Wong is brought up to believe that if he studies hard, he will find his golden house and the right girl to share it with him. But his sexual awakening is complicated by the political realities of modern Hong Kong and traditional Chinese beliefs on love, marriage and career. He finds that when Chinese and Westerners fall in love, their different view of sex and commitment all too easily lead to misunderstanding and pain. 'The Girl in the Golden House' presents a mesmerizing picture of Hong Kong, distilling its atmosphere and the culture of its people.'
Desperately seeking writers, artists and other creative types:

'Hermes', the oldest ongoing literary journal in Australia, is looking for people to slip in between its covers. As an annual journal of creative work, Hermes has usually chosen poets, writers and essayists, but this year wants to spread its wings and have other creative types represented. "I'm still a literary journal at heart, but I want to be informed by zine culture. It's 2003 - and it's time for me to move on. About you: Aged 18-30 (unless you are a mature age student). Writers, poets, cultural theorists, illustrators, doodlers, sketchers, comic artists, photographers, painters, sculptors...you create work that can be reproduced on paper. Please direct all submissions and enquiries to me at hermes2003@mail.com -- I need to hear from you by AUGUST 15, 2003." Hermes is funded by the University of Sydney Union.

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British author Nicholas Shakespeare explains why he owns a house in Tasmania and talks about the adaption of his novel, The Dancer Upstairs, to the screenplay of the film of the same name -- The Canberra Times 5 July 2003 Books section [1a]

23 July 2003

The Republic Readings
Next reading: Sunday 27th July: Featured poet: Pete Hay
And it's going to be unusual: it's also national tree day and that might be why the reading will include a knitted poem by poets in the audience; and everyone is encouraged to bring some knitting along and create tree hugs to help save the Styx Forest ... I think that is the idea, I don't have any info in front of me. Sounds original anyway so come along.
The Republic Readings are a series of curated readings in all genres. Upcoming curators are: Ryk Goddard, Richard, Bladel and Lindsay Simpson. To be placed on an email news list for reminders and details about the readings, get in touch with Chris Cooper

And for some reason I see that blogger did not put up my notice about last Sunday's reading, given by Louise Oxley and Adrienne Eberhard. If you missed this fine event, look out at your favourite literary bookshop: both these Tasmanian poets have new books on the horizon!

20 July 2003

As mentioned previously, The Republic Readings are on the go again in North Hobart at the Republic Bar and Cafe, 3 - 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoons.
Next reading:
20th July: Louise Oxley and Adrienne Eberhardt will read as part of the Republic Readings' New Books Series.
The Republic Readings are a series of curated readings in all genres. Upcoming curators are: Ryk Goddard, Richard Bladel and Lindsay Simpson. To be placed on an email news list for reminders and details about the readings, get in touch with Chris Cooper

17 July 2003

Famous Reporter #27, July 2003, is being launched over the next ten days in a variety of States around Australia. If you don't yet know it, look out for this small magazine, the product of hard-working editor Ralph Wessman; it covers a plethora of literary gems.
Launch dates and venues:
... in Sydney
(Friend in Hand Hotel, Glebe) by Brook Emery: Friday 18th July, 6pm for 6.30pm
... Newcastle (Northern Star Hotel, Hamilton) by Robin Loftus: Monday 21st July at 7.30pm
... Launceston (Petrarchs Bookshop) by Carolyn Fisher: Wednesday 23rd July, 6pm for 6.30pm
... Hobart (Hobart Bookshop) by Stephen Edgar: Tuesday 29th July, 6pm

In this issue... Well, see the full contents details on the Famous Reporter web site.

15 July 2003

From poet Chris Mansell:
INDIA: A Writers & Photographers Workshop Tour of Rajasthan
Departs: Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Perth: 18 November 2003
Completes: Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Perth: 04 December 2003
Among the many colourful regions of India, the state of Rajasthan stands out for its splendour and variety. It includes rocky hill ranges, lakes, lush fields, vast expanses of desert, tracts of forest and pasture. The people of Rajasthan are a melange of tribes, clans and castes as varied as the terrain. Into the state they have poured a continuous stream of folklore and legend, craft, music and architecture.
Rajasthan (which means The Abode of Princes) is also the cradle of the distinctive Rajput tradition. The Rajput code of chivalry, which celebrates valour and generosity in men and fidelity and modesty in women, may strike visitors as quaint and anachronistic, but its roots lie deep in the heart of Rajasthan. The cultural products of this tradition- the magnificent cities, palaces and fortresses, its patronage of the arts and crafts, remain to invite admiration and provoke reflection.
On this tour we will visit these incredible cities, forts and palaces- including the Taj Mahal. But we will also meet the people, explore the markets, absorb the atmosphere and the solitude of the desert. This tour has been designed for both writers and photographers. You will experience the exotic atmosphere of Rajasthan, feel inspired by the many smells, sights and scenes of this exotic destination and fall in love with its people. In addition you may attend six two-hour Writers Workshops led by Chris Mansell and/or participate in guided Photo Walks accompanied by Riche du Plessis.

13 July 2003

Bitsy poetrivia
• Russian literary 'nose' turns up. [link]
Why I Am Not a Painter and Other Poems: a review of Frank O'Hara's new poetry selection. [link]
• 'Great poems seen and not heard?': a review of The Spoken Word—Poets, the CD issued by the British Library of recordings by poets such as Tennyson and Robert Graves. [link]
• Seamus Heaney likes 'room to rhyme'. [link]
The Perfect Diary
The deadline for submitting to The Perfect Diary is this Monday, 14 July.

The Perfect Diary has been promoting and supporting Australasian visual art and writing for eight years. Details via this [link].

12 July 2003

eRAVe is a new regional arts and events portal in Victoria -- an online resource and service for regional artists, organisations and networks. It has loads of information about what's going on around Victoria, a news page, a resource area for festival organisers, training for arts and cultural volunteers, and other links for those involved in the arts and cultural area, and you can subscribe to an e-mail newsletter.

10 July 2003

A bevy of Australian childrens' authors are set to descend on Hobart in October for ...
"Island Journeys: A Quest for Inspiration" -- a joint conference of the Australian School Library Association and the Children's Book Council of Australia; 2 - 5 October 2003, Wrest Point Convention Centre. It promises to be "a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to hear the best there is in librarianship, children's writing and illustration'. More details from: registration@islandjourneys.com.au.

9 July 2003

Dedicated to the 'Democratisation of Knowledge', the API Network is a free electronic gateway specialising on matters Australian. Managed and produced by the Australia Research Institute, the Division of Humanities, Curtin University of Technology, it links public intellectuals through its publications, mailing list, online forum, chat room and regular posting of news relating to book, journal and ezine publications, conferences, events, tours and funding opportunities in the field of Australian Studies.

6 July 2003

The Republic Readings are well and truly up and running again, with the first reading on Sunday 6th July featuring Sarah Day and Greg Lehman.
Next reading: 13th July: Michael Fortescue and Friends are on the bill. Readings begin at 3 p.m. each Sunday (until 5 p.m.) with an open mike section too.
Coming up:
20th July: Louise Oxley and Adrienne Eberhardt will read as part of the Republic Readings' New Books Series.
The Republic Readings are a series of curated readings in all genres. Upcoming curators are: Ryk Goddard, Richard, Bladel and Lindsay Simpson. To be placed on an email news list for reminders and details about the readings, get in touch with Chris Cooper

2 July 2003

New on the Showcase of Tasmanian Poetry ...
Kathryn Lomer, Anthony Lawrence, Sue Moss, Angela Rockel, Julie Hunt, Megan Schaffner ... (on The Write Stuff web site).

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/...