28 June 2003

Exile is strangely compelling to think about but terrible to experience. It is the unhealable rift forced between a human being and a native place, between the self and its true home: its essential sadness can never be surmounted. And while it is true that literatures and history contain heroic, romantic, glorious, even triumphant episodes in an exile's life, these are no more than efforts meant to overcome the crippling sorrow of estrangement. The achievements of exile are permanently undermined by the loss of something left behind forever.
--   Edward Said
An international conference, The Poetics of Exile, to be held at the University of Auckland, 17th-19th July 2003, will bring together poets, critics, and scholars in fields as diverse as classical literature, indigenous and postcolonial writing, trauma studies, and the contemporary avantgarde, to present and discuss creative responses to the condition of exile. (See web site)
WANTED! Poets and writers for the 'Blank and Free' series of readings, held once a month at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
Contact Arts @ work, 27 Tasma Street, North Hobart TAS 7000; Phone: 03 6233 5940, Fax: 03 6233 5941; email: info@artsatwork.com.au
"Submissions are now open for Cordite #15: GLITTER. We seek content that reflects on a glamorous theme. Submissions focussing on fame, gossip, soaps, drag, superstars and Mariah Carey will all be considered." [link]

27 June 2003

A lost notebook covering three months of the novelist Virginia Woolf's life in her 20s has been found after lying in an academic's bottom drawer in Birmingham for 35 years. The find, made during a house move, ranks high in the annals of literary discoveries. The first exclusive extracts from the journal appear in today's Guardian Review. See the full story.
Source: The Compulsive Reader, 26 June 2003.

Also from 'The Compulsive Reader':

The Canadian and International winners of the 2003 Griffin Poetry Prize are Margaret Avison for "Concrete and Wild Carrot", and Paul Muldoon for "Moy sand and gravel".  The C$80,000 Griffin Poetry Prize, the richest poetry prize in the world for a single volume of poetry, is divided between the two winners. The prize is for first edition books of poetry published in 2002. For more information on the winners visit: www.griffinpoetryprize.com/avison.html.

and news of a review of yet another edition of Rilke's poems: "The Complete French Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke", translated by A. Poulin, Jr "To read this book requires time and care. It is possible, since each poem is demanding, to read too many at a time. Rilke, like every major writer was alive to every influence, and makes heavy demands of his reader. But the rewards are great and the ability of the translator facilitates the path between the reader and Rilke.  Click here for the full review:

Acknowledgements: The Compulsive Reader News, Volume 3, Issue 12, 26 June 2003
email: magdaball@yahoo.com.au
Chris Cooper writes saying:

"We have two exciting Republic Readings scheduled for the 6th and 13th of July:

  • 3-5pm Sunday 6 July at The Republic Bar and Cafe
    Guest Curator: Michael Fortescue
    Featured Readers: Sarah Day and Greg Lehman
  • 3-5pm Sunday 13 July at The Republic Bar and Cafe
    Michael Fortescue and Friends
    Spoken Word and Double Bass Performance
"There will be a short open section for people to read their own work."

Source: email from Chris Cooper.
Submission deadline imminent
"Going Down Swinging publishes the freaky-coolest and thought-provokingest, freshest, jivest, hippest and newest in contemporary prose, poetry, spoken word and comics." Submissions close June 30, 2003. For more information, click on the [link].

26 June 2003

Women Tasmania is hosting poetry readings by and for women on Friday 18 July from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., followed by morning tea, in their conference room at 140 Macquarie St. Hobart. There will be poetry readings by Dr. Mary Jenkins, followed by open readings. Bring your own work or just listen. Everybody welcome.
For catering purposes please RSVP to 6233 2208 by Wednesday 16 July.
(email from Women Tasmania forwarded to me)
To view an impressive portfolio of haiga (that's haiku with watercolour illustrations) by Tasmanian haijin Ron Moss see World Haiku Review

24 June 2003

The following comes from the Tasmanian Writers Centre e-newsletter:

Monday 30 June Deadline. Expressions of Interest are sought for an ANTHOLOGY OF TASMANIAN POETRY 200 years of verse to be published late this year. Contemporary poetry will be selected for quality of expression of what may be regarded as "essential heritage", verse that yields a glimpse into a timeless spirit of this unique island, its environment, its history, its peculiar sense of place. The imminent bicentenary has provided the impetus for this exciting project which will showcase 200 years of Tasmanian verse. The project has been assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Premier, Minister for the Arts in the 2003 Arts Grants Program. All contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the published work. Post, email or fax copies of poetry for consideration to the editor, Helen Gee, Buckland Tas 7190. Fax 6257 5155 helenmgee@yahoo.com.au

Melbourne poet Peter Bakowski is doing a 22 day poetry tour of Tasmania from September 22nd to October 14th inclusive. While Peter is in Tasmania he is interested in giving AS MANY POETRY READINGS AS POSSIBLE to branches of the FAW, writers groups, book clubs, friends of the library associations, schools, tertiary institutions and also in private homes. Peter will be conducting a Poetry Writing Workshop presented by the Tasmanian Writers. Centre in Hobart on Sunday 12 October. For more details contact the TWC on 6224 0029 or email admin@tasmanianwriters.org. Peter Bakowski's last four volumes of poetry have gone into reprint, his poems have appeared in literary magazines in 14 countries. Peter has won the Victorian Premier's Award for Poetry with his collection "In the human night" and has been awarded a six month writers residency in Rome and also in Paris by the Australia Council. Parties interested in having him read for them are heartily encouraged to email him at pbakowski@yahoo.com or telephone him on (03) 9427 8685.

Saturday 28 June 3.05pm RADIO NATIONAL' POETICA. Fresh from the Island - poetry from the 2003 Tasmanian Readers' and Writers' Festival.

Saturday 28 June at 2 pm. Blank and Free - A free event in the Bond Store presents 'Costume and Dress', the theme inspired by the exhibition currently on show. Featuring guest compere writer and teacher Bernard Lloyd and writers Kathryn Lomer, Louise Oxley and Ede Strong. Ede explains the link between eroticism and fashion with a surprising demonstration! Undressed - Fashion, thread, erotic Japanese Bondage - A performance piece provided with our thanks to is theatre WARNING: Some viewers may be offended by visual performance material in this event

Sunday 29 June 1-5pm in the Meeting Room at the Salamanca Arts Centre, 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart. South Australian poet, JAN OWEN, will be conducting Sense and Sensuousness - integrating imagery and plot: a half-day poetry writing workshop. The cost is $25. Jan will also be available for individual consultations at the Kelly Street Writers' Cottage on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd July. To make an appointment phone Jan Owen on 08-8172 1954.

End of extract from the Tasmanian Writers Centre e-newsletter. To subscribe, get in touch with the TWC: Tasmanian Writers' Centre
77 Salamanca Place, Hobart 7000, Ph/Fax: (03) 6224 0029.
Two bits
• From the Jamaica Gleaner, a story on poet and drummer M'Bala, who represents his country at the International Poetry Festival of Medellin. [link]
• Poet Laureate pens poem for a Prince. [link]

20 June 2003

Keep an eye out for news of poetry honours coming up ... link
The latest issue of Five bells is out: and it's an action-packed feature issue on Tasmanian poetry, with articles by Ralph Wessman, Robyn Mathison, Megan Schaffner, Kathryn Lomer and Tim Thorne, and the poetry by members is this time guest-edited by James Charlton. (The Poets Union web site is at http://www.poetsunion.com but I challenge you to find any reference to Five bells there ...

19 June 2003

Poems Niederngasse is always worth visiting -- "online in English, new work every month; online in German, Spanish and Italian, new work every other month". NB: Issue 58, June 2003 of now available and Tasmanian Alison Daniel is one of the 16 poets featured in that June issue.

Literary Kicks is for those nostalgic for the Beat Generation: "Litkicks has been around since July 23, 1994, and we're still here. We never had a business model, which is why we don't have to go out of business now." And talking of Beats:

This blog previously mentioned "Hydrogen Jukebox", the opera by Philip Glass who collaborated with Allen Ginsberg using some of his poems as its lyrics; it was performed recently at Hobart College under the direction of Robert Jarmon with members of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music -- see the review online in RealTime magazine. "Rarely performed, 'Hydrogen Jukebox' has a reputation for being difficult, but this production moved seamlessly from poem/trance to musical lightning strike across a canvas of controversial, confronting territory—political propaganda and anti-war feeling, personal anguish and sexual politics, religious and cultural dissonance, so content-rich and energetic it left me gasping. (link) Incidentally, did you know that Tasmanian poet Sue Moss is Realtime's Tasmanian editor?

18 June 2003

" Sunday 6 July at the Republic Bar and Cafe, 299 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart. The Republic Readings are on again, commencing its program with guest host, Michael Fortescue. Stay tuned for further details." (Source: Email, Tasmanian Writers' Centre newsletter, Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 10:25:18 +1000)

11 June 2003

Poetry bits
• Should poetry want to be hip? [link]
• Sylvia Plath's schoolgirl love poem goes on sale for £4,500 [link]
• The Dublin Writers Festival starts on Thursday, June 11, finishing on Sunday, June 15, the day before Bloomsday. Writers include Julian Barnes, Wendy Cope, Marie Darrieussecq, and Zadie Smith. Aussies are also well-represented: Peter Porter and David Foster appear on the program. [link]

10 June 2003

The Write Stuff, vol. 8, will be a showcase of photographs by Giles Hugo, including about one decade of photos of Australian writers. More in a week or two about this.

2 June 2003

Famous Reporter
The launch of the very special mid-year issue of Famous Reporter (#27) is coming up in July at venues in Tasmania -- and Ralph Wessman, as its publisher (Walleah Press), is also taking Famous Reporter magazine to NSW! here are the dates and venues:

* Sydney: 18 July
Friend in Hand Hotel, Glebe, launch by Brook Emery;

* Newcastle: 21 July
Northern Star Hotel, Hamilton, launch by Robin Loftus;

* Launceston: 23 July
at 6 p.m. for 6.30 p.m., Petrarchs Bookshop;

* Hobart: 29 July
6 p.m. at Hobart Bookshop, launch by Stephen Edgar.

(PS. I am not supposed to say this, but one of the reasons this issue's very special is that the magazine launch also coincides with Ralph's 50th birthday.)

Another Walleah Press production:
A Tasmanian Paradise Lost, by Graeme Hetherington
Published by Ralph Wessman's Walleah Press, this new collection from Graeme will be launched in Tasmania at the same time as Famous Reporter
* at Petrarchs in Launceston by Tim Thorne, and
* at Hobart Booshop by Ralph Spaulding.
The Republic Readings series (Hobart, Republic Bar and cafe, Elizabeth St) will be happening sometime soon, with a different person organising a suite of readings every few weeks. The first such suite is being organised by Michael Fortescue. More information coming soon. (Source: Chris Cooper, 1 June 2003).

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