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.

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/...