28 August 2004

National Poetry Week

National Poetry Week and the Australian Poetry Festival join to present an amazing palette of poetic events between September 4-11.

NPW 2004 is looking for people with originality, commitment and inventiveness who can organise interesting events, readings, workshops or exhibitions along a set of ideas. If you have organised an event or would like to, contact JFK.

Themes and surfaces for 2004:
Gates, Doors, Sheds and Halls; Entrances and exits. Surfaces and secrets. Gateways and interiors. Where poems live and hide, break free and reinvent themselves
Open House; choose your theme, your surface, your corner, your dreams.
The Self, the Community and the Scar; healing wounds
Word Salad; poetry, madness and mystery
Bones, fossils and maps
Piercing Lines; poetry and body art
Outsiders and Outsides; scenes of exposure. Interiors bent into a mirage of borders

National Poetry Week has continued to grow since its inception in 2002 and this year's activities will continue to foster imaginative partnerships between poets and their communities / audiences. Since the pilot programme initiated in 2002 NPW proved to be a success with poems exhibited on parking meters in Surfers Paradise (home of the Meter Maids), poetry on the buses and ferries around Brisbane, readings on the edges of the surf at Burleigh Heads, poems chalked onto the pavements of Mount Tambourine, a series of readings in historic Ayers House in South Australia, poems between the grapevines in a vineyard in NSW, trees planted with poems in Melbourne, poems on take-away food containers, as well as the great poetic invasion of clubs, pubs and community centres that took place. We managed to get poetry into newspapers, onto radio and onto the television news. Readings were also held in traditional venues such as libraries cafes and art galleries.
more from JFK - Jayne Fenton Keane [jfk @ poetinresidence . com]
Director National Poetry Week at:
ph 0407571190 AND see


2003 also saw NPW launch its international cousin, the 'Notes to a Stranger Festival' which involved poetry books being left in public spaces with a note to a stranger written in the front cover. Poetry books found their way into Native American communities, on the windscreens of police cars, on the cosmetic counters of Department stores, park benches and lots of other interesting places. This year Notes to A Stranger will also co-incide with NPW.

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