30 November 2004

Vibewire Promotions Guru position open

National youth media organisation Vibewire currently has an exciting opportunity for a young culture creator and promotions guru to become involved in the coordination of our projects. Vibewire is dedicated to providing young Australians with innovative ways to create, share and discuss our culture and society on platforms that are non-partisan and accessible to all young people.

Vibewire Youth Services are excited to offer this rare opportunity for a young promotions guru to join our team in a paid contract position of $4000 over 4 months.

For the full position description and information on how to apply, head to this link.

29 November 2004

Republic Readings: Sunday 5 Dec. rePUBlic readings #9 launch, open mike, prizes & more

Republic Readings news
These readings take place at 3-5pm on the first Sunday of every month in Hobart at The Republic Bar & Café -- a smoke-free venue, 299 Elizabeth St. Coming up next weekend:

Sunday 5 December
at 3 / 3.30 p.m.
Carolyn Fisher moved from the UK to a quiet corner on the northwest coast of Tasmania 11 years ago. She has had poems published in literary magazines in Australia and in the UK and is currently working toward a first collection of poetry with assistance from an Arts Tasmania and an Australian Council grant.

3.30pm launch of the next chapbook in the series, rePUBlic readings Issue n.9 has been edited by Peter Macrow.

This will be followed by open reading with prizes -- poets can 'book in' on the day. Conditions: read on: 5-minute time limit, must be own work which has not won any prizes/competitions previously, any genre. Judge: Christiane Conesa-Bostock, Rosny College teacher of creative writing and well-published poet. Prizes: Three Tasmanian Writers Centere 12-month memberships with $25 book vouchers, subscription to Island for 12 months, Famous Reporter subscription for 12 months, Famous Reporter package of issues 27, 28 and 29, Walleah Press package of poetry books, A Tasmanian Paradise Lost a poem by Graeme Hetherington and Head and Shin, a poetry collection by Tim Thorne, plus a miscellaneous package of papertiger #01 poetry CD-rom and Famous Reporterno.s 20 and 21.

Inquiries: contact Liz Winfield leggs456 @ msn.com, ph (03) 6272 9324.

24 November 2004

Book launch this Saturday

From Kris Hemensley:
Collected Works Bookshop's final function for the year is this Saturday afternoon, 27 November, 1-30 for 2pm, and features the book launching of West australian poet Morgan Yasbincek's new collection of poetry, Firelick. The book is published by Fremantle Arts Centre press, $22.95, and will be on sale. The launcher is Philip Salom. A chance for west australians to celebrate one or two of their own! and for Melbournians to see & hear an out of town poet for a change! A glass of wine, a book of verse.... All welcome...
Collected Works, Level 1, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St., Melbourne 3000
Australia. Ph: (03) 96548873. Email: collectedworks @ mailcity.com

22 November 2004

vibewire recruits

Want the opportunity to develop your writing, editing or management skills on a real published platform?

National youth media organisation Vibewire currently has a bunch of exciting opportunities for culture creators aged between 16 and 30 to become involved as volunteers to coordinate our projects. We're dedicated to providing young Australians with innovative ways to create, share and discuss our culture and society on platforms that are non-partisan and accessible to all young people.

Our online platform, www.vibewire.net is expanding in 2005, and we're offering you the chance to become involved, with position outlines and details on how to apply found at http://www.vibewire.net/articles.php?id=3147. The opportunities encompass:

Content Coordinator
Arts/Culture/Lifestyle Section Coordinator
Regional Theatre editors
Poetry editor
Literature/literature features editor
Writing-related articles and resources editor
Assistant editor - policy
Site proofreader

Plus, two of our other projects are seeking enthusiastic and skilled thinkers:

The Sanctuary project
The E-festival is Australia's first virtual youth-focused festival

Graphic designer
Resource Coordinator
Online Panel Coordinator

To get a pdf copy of any or all of the positions available, head to http://www.vibewire.net/articles.php?id=3147

21 November 2004

Frank Moorhouse on the state of Aus

Research funded by the University of NSW, Copyright Agency Limited and the National Archives of Australia formed the basis of a discussion at a seminar organised by the Australian Society of Authors at the University of Tasmania on Saturday, 13 November.

'The Benefits of a Professional Organisation for Writers' also featured other industry experts.

Frank Moorhouse, who has written fiction, film and journalism, has found that the role of a writer and nature of the vocation has changed dramatically since the 1980s. The findings are the result of research funded by the University of NSW, Copyright Agency Limited and the National Archives of Australia, to chart the state of Australian writing over recent years.

"Writers today are increasingly tertiary trained," said Mr Moorhouse. "Australia now has 37 universities offering courses in creative writing to over 2,000 students. Alongside this we're seeing massive growth in the infrastructure of writing and non-commercial publishing -- all of which has completely changed the way one becomes a writer -- and gets paid for it."

However, while the quantity of novels published per head of population has also risen in recent years, Frank Moorhouse pointed out that much fiction is failing to reach readers.

"Booksellers and review pages are struggling to keep up with the sheer number of books being published, meaning we're not connecting books to readers. Most novels don't even make it into bookshops."

Discussion and negotiation between key stakeholder groups including the Australian Society of Authors (ASA), book publishers and the media is needed to see the situation change.

"In many ways, it's never been easier to get a book published. It's getting people to know it's been published - that's the difficult thing."

At the seminar, key publishers outlined opportunities and criteria for writers seeking publication, and Susan Hayes, Chair of the ASA and Executive Director of the Australian National Playwrights' Centre, discussed the role and nature of the ASA. [Source: ASA web site]

19 November 2004

Ten Days on the Island 2005

The latest arts@work bulletin reports:

"The breathtaking beauty and rich cultural life of Australia's island state will again take centre stage when the curtain goes up on the third instalment of Tasmania's celebrated Ten Days on the Island festival on 1 April next year.

For more information about this feature story, go to: http://www.artsatwork.com.au/news/2004_11_19_Ten_Days.htm

Ten Days on the Island 2005

papertiger #04

papertigermedia is proud to announce the launch of the papertiger: new world poetry #04 CDROM literary journal at the St Kilda public library on Thursday 25th November from 6-8PM.

papertiger #04 features over 150 poems from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Finland, Singapore and the USA. There is a contemporary NZ poetry feature "50 poems by 50 poets: recent New Zealand poetry" edited by Mark Pirie, a contemporary Australian womens' poetry feature "put on your red shoes and dance" edited by Melissa Ashley, a feature on the work of Melbourne poet Michael Farrell, audio and flash animated poems from around the world, a flash poetry retrospective, "flashes before your eyes" from the world wide web's most prominent cyberpoet - Jason Nelson, poem art from Finland + elsewhere, + brand new poems from Philip Hammial, Todd Swift, Rebecca Edwards, Louis Armand, Jill Jones, Jaya Savige, Peter Boyle + a host of others.

*Victorian poets included in this issue are Jennifer Harrison, Emma Lew, Andy Jackson, Melissa Petrakis, Cate Kennedy, Kate Middleton, Dominique Hecq, Michael Farrell, alicia sometimes, Earl Livings, Hugh Tolhurst and Petra White.

papertiger #04 will be launched by Paul Hardacre, Managing Director of papertigermedia and Managing Editor of papertiger: new world poetry.

MC: B.R.Dionysius, Editor papertiger #04. Launch features data projection from papertiger #04 of recent flash and animated poetry + short readings by Jennifer Harrison, Hugh Tolhurst, Petra White, alicia sometimes, Melissa Petrakis, Kate Middleton + others.

Entry: FREE + refreshments: FREE wine and a selection of fine King Island Dairy cheeses.

*Purchase a copy of papertiger: new world poetry #04 (rrp $18) and get a copy of papertiger: new world poetry #01 for FREE!

*Everyone who comes to the launch gets a copy of the funky New York lit mag Rattapallax 10 (US rrp $7.95) for FREE...which also includes a FREE CD insert of US/AUS spoken word poetry with work from such poetic luminaries as Robert Creeley, John Kinsella, Anne Waldman and work from the 2003 NOISE festival!

With all this FREE POETRY STUFF you'd be crazy to miss out! More info, reviews, submission guidelines + links at www.papertigermedia.com

Tasmanian Bicentenary History Prizes

Telling Tales: Readings and discussion with authors shortlisted in the Tasmanian Bicentenary History Prizes. The Board Room, Henry Jones Art House Hotel, Hobart 12.30 – 5 pm,
Sunday November 21st
Announcement of Winners Sullivans, Grand Chancellor Hotel 5 pm
Who’s wagging the Tale ? -- The politics of writing family, corporate and local histories. Is there pressure to only write the positive? What about self censorship?

Panellists -- Authors

  • Alison Alexander -- The Eastern Shore: a history of Clarence
  • John Beswick -- Brothers’ Home: The Story of Derby
  • Jonathan King -- Gallipoli: Our Last Man Standing: The Extraordinary Life of Alec Campbell

Telling the Tales of Others
Henry Reynolds talks with Barry Hill, author of Broken Song: T.G.H. Strethlow and Aboriginal Possession,about writing the stories of other races, peoples and times. A profound perspective or pure speculation? Barry Hill is also national poetry editor of The Australian.

Tales of Early Hobart: A Denizen’s View
Life, work and society in Hobart in the first generations of European settlement. What was life like for the convict, the working man and for members of the military and social elite? Hell on earth or a new start?
Panellists and authors:
  • Hamish Maxwell-Stewart & Cassandra Pybus -- American Citizens, British Slaves: Yankee Political Prisoners in an Australian Penal Colony, 1839 – 1850.
  • Phillip Tardif -- John Bowen’s Hobart: The Beginning of European Settlement in Tasmania
  • Michael Nash -- The Bay Whalers: Tasmania’s Shore-based Whaling Industry

Each session will be accompanied with readings by professional actors.
For details, phone 03 6233 5512 or http://www.bicentenary.tas.gov.au or info @ bicenteanry.tas.gov.au

Source: Tanzi Lewis, Publicity and Marketing Officer
Tasmanian Bicentenary Office, GPO Box 771, HOBART TAS 7001
Phone 03 6233 5553; 1800 827 200
Fax 03 6233 5555
Tanzi.Lewis @ dtpha.tas.gov.au

Ralph's north to Garradunga

Ralph Wessman, editor of Famous Reporter, has a regular column in his Famous Reporter, called North to Garradunga. Now it's found its way online: see: http://northtogarradunga.blogspot.com/

Swedish poems go to the brightest star ...

Swedish poets have broadcast their poems out into space via radio -- Reuters reports Daniel Sjolin, editor of Swedish poetry magazine Lyrikvannen and organizer of the live reading at a Stockholm observatory as saying: "I can't think of anything more adequate than poetry to communicate what it means to be human". The transmission on Tuesday night was aimed at Vega, the brightest star of the Lyra constellation, which is 25 light-years from Earth -- meaning the poets will have to wait 50 years for alien reviews. (Reuters)

Talking of brightest stars ... The Write Stuff was contacted by a Swedish publisher for permission to use a poem by one of Tasmania's brightest stars, Sarah Day, having discovered it through the Showcase of Tasmanian poetry ... So maybe Tasmanian poetry, although not getting into outer space, does indeed travel a little north of the latte line after all.

17 November 2004

2005 Hobart Fringe Festival: EOI close on 10 Dec.

Expressions of interest for the 2005 Hobart Fringe Festival close Friday the 10th of December 2004. Details:
Read about the Fringe Convergence Friday 3 - Sunday 5 December at venues throughout Hobart:

The Fringe Convergence is three days of workshops and parties for artists of all varieties. Featuring a media laboratory with a day each of vjing, independent media and electronic sound, the weekend will also feature spaces for comic artists, wall artists, theatre practitioners and writers. At night there be lounging and dancing to the full diversity of Hobart's performers. The Convergence is a prelude event to the 2005 Hobart Fringe Festival. If you'd like to be involved in the festival, come along to the convergence to meet and scheme with like minded people. Expressions of interest for the 2005 Hobart Fringe Festival close Friday the 10th of December 2004.

(Source: Tasmanian Writers Centre newsletter)

International writers: 4-week Tasmanian writers residency

International writers: 4-week Tasmanian writers residency

In 2005 the Tasmanian Writers' Centre (with the support of the Tasmanian Minister for the Arts , through Arts Tasmania, and the City of Hobart) invites Australian and international writers to apply to the Island of Residencies program for a Writer's Residency in 2005.

Applications close on Tuesday, 30 November 2004.
In 2004, the Tasmanian Writers' Centre received more than 120 applications from Australian and international writers for its writers' residencies program.

Writers from mainland Australia can apply for a writer's residency for 3 weeks in Tasmania, while international writers can apply for a writer's residency for 4 weeks in Tasmania. See full details on the TWC web site at: http://www.tasmanianwriters.org/island_of_residencies.htm

Inaugural conf. -- Assoc. for the Study of Literature & Environment

'Be true to the earth'

The inaugural conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (Australia-New Zealand)

Organized by the journal Colloquy under the auspices of The Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies and the Schools of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics and Literary, Visual and Performance Studies at Monash University

Dates: March 31-April 1, 2005
Venue: Monash University
Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Louise Westling (Oregon), author of The Green Breast of the New World: Landscape, Gender and American Fiction (1996)

The inaugural conference of ASLE-ANZ takes as its theme Friedrich Nietzsche's injunction in Thus Spake Zarathustra to "be true to the earth." The organizers of the conference invite papers that engage with the question of what it might mean to 'be true' to 'the earth' in relation to their own work, whether creative, critical, or reflective, as well as with regard to the particular location(s) of their work, whether in place, time or other (cultural, social, institutional) contexts. In particular, we welcome papers which address this theme in relation to:

* literatures, philosophies and practices of place, especially in Australia and New Zealand
* poetics, politics and practical action
* indigenous, intercultural or cross-cultural perspectives
* rural, urban or suburban ecologies
* non-modern, counter-modern or postmodern perspectives
* interspecies ethics, poetics or communication
* reinhabitation, dislocation and social justice
* ecocriticism and cultural studies
* ecocriticism and religious studies
* ecocriticism and European critical theory.
Proposals (150 words max.) for twenty minute papers should be sent by January 31st 2005 by email to ASLEANZ.Conference @ arts.monash.edu.au , or by post to Peter Coleman, Colloquy, Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Building 11A, Monash Vic 3800, Australia.


Dimitris Vardoulakis, Colloquy: text theory critique, Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, PO Box 11A, Monash University, Clayton, Vic 3800 Australia, tel: +61 3 9905 9009, fax: +61 3 9905 5593, email: colloquy @ arts.monash.edu.au, url: http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/others/colloquy

16 November 2004

Call for essays: A history of the 'Black Dog'

Writing Competition: A history of 'Black Dog'

Applications Close: Monday, January 31, 2005
Employer/Organisation: Black Dog
Web Site: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
Location: National

The Black Dog Institute is holding a writing competition to help uncover the history of the term 'black dog' as a description for depression. We invite you to participate!

A number of people who have first-hand experience of depression have described their depression as a 'black dog'— famous among them was Winston Churchill, who used the term 'black dog' to describe the crippling depression he suffered throughout his lifetime. It is thought that the term has even earlier origins.

Entries are to be in the form of a written essay (of between 1500 and 5000 words) and must address the history of 'black dog' as a term used to describe depression.

Prizes will be awarded for the 3 best entry essays:
1st place - $5000; 2nd place - $3000; 3rd place - $1500

The closing date for receipt of entry essays is 31 January 2005 .

14 November 2004


The Wollongong University, in conjunction with the Tertangala is putting out a new publication titled Orphan, a collection of Art and Writing from local talents, and Orphan is currently calling for submissions.

So dust off that old manuscript, finish the rhyming couplet that's ticking away in your head, or merely tear the canvas from your wall and send it in.

The deadline is November 30th, 2004.

This publication will be all creative work, and will gather the talent of the Illawarra region and beyond.

Send electronic Submissions to colin_dray @ src.uow.edu.au

Payment may only be made to Wollongong University students, however, copies of the publication will be available to all those printed.

Have fun and get working.

Poets at Watsonia No 8

Features poets Stuart Armstrong, Michael Reynolds, Gayle Reynolds and one yet to be named. Next poetry event on Tuesday 16th November 2004 at 7pm at Watsonia Library, Ibbotson Street, near the railway station. Entrance by gold coin.

Salt Water Fresh Water Poetic Voices CD launch

Pangari Productions' launch of the Salt Water Fresh Water Poetic Voices CD and charity fundraiser on Sunday, 14 November 2004 @ 2:00 - 4:00PM
Bush tucker & soft drinks included
***As proud supporters of positive health choices for indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, this is a non-alcoholic event***

Tickets: $20 per person
(Children under 10 FREE)
Profits raised from this event will go towards paying the School of the Air enrollment fees & improving education for the children of Dhuruputjpi.

T: (03) 9349 1174 / F: (03) 9348 0756

RSVP BY 7 November 2004
03 9866 1783 / 0429 867 855,

Copies of the Salt Water Fresh Water Poetic Voices CD will be available to purchase on the day. For any further questions or order enquiries, please feel free to contact us through the details provided.

Ivy Alvarez reading at Bookamore

Ivy Alvarez is reading on Sunday, 12th December, 12 pm at Bookamore, 16 Mathers Lane, Hobart. That's one month away, if you'd care to mark it in your diary.

This reading is organised by fellow poet Liz Winfield. If you know someone who's interested, poets can book in to read (time limit 5 minutes) with Liz, ph 6272 9324 or leggs456 @ msn.com.au

Page Seventeen

Page Seventeen is a new print literary magazine produced by Celapene Press. There is no theme for the first issue and contributors may submit up to 2 short stories (max. 3000 words) and 3 poems (max. 50 lines). Please email submissions as either a Word attachment or in the body of the text to Page_Seventeen @ hotmail.com with the word submission‚ and your name included in the Subject line. All contributors will be notified 4-6 weeks after the closing date.

Editor: Tiggy Johnson. Closing date: 31 January 2005

12 November 2004

Change of venue for FLEUR BOURGONJE workshop

The Tasmanian Writers Centre announced a change of venue for Sunday's workshop with FLEUR BOURGONJE:

Venue: has changed to: Battery Point Community Hall, Hampden Road, Battery Point, Hobart
14 November

Cost: $20 for TWC members; $40 for others.
Places still available. Book now by phoning 03 6224 0029 or emailing director@tasmanianwriters.org.
The 2004 Hobart City International Writer in Residence, FLEUR BOURGONJE, will present her writing workshop, "ABOUT HORSES, CAMELS AND A HARLEY DAVIDSON: THE MOVING WRITER". In this workshop Fleur will share some of the possibilities on how to be writer in different cultures, different languages, and how and where to find one's own language. This workshop will appeal to both fiction and non-fiction writers who use their travels as a context for their writing.See earlier posting on this blog for full details

11 November 2004

WILDCARE Tasmania Nature writing prize 2005

The WILDCARE Tasmania Nature writing prize 2005 is open: the prize will be awarded in April 2005. Sponsors: WILDCARE Inc and the Hobart City Council.


The Prize will be judged by Dr Peter Hay (author and Reader in Geography & Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania) and Dr Veronica Brady (author and Lecturer in English at the Universityof Western Australia)

Closing date: 21 Feb. 2005

First prize : AUD $5,000 plus return economy air fare to Hobart to accept the prize and to undertake a two-week Tasmanian wilderness residency sponsored by the Parks and Wildlife Service. It is a condition of the Prize that the winner will (1) undertake the residency between April and November 2005, and (2) prepare and present a writing workshop while in Tasmania.

Two minor prizes of $250 will be awarded at the discretion of the judges.

For full/accurate/exact/complete details please see the PDF document on the Island web site or go to: www.wildcaretas.org.au

(Guidelines and entry form are all in the PDF document available for download from the Island web site )

8 November 2004

Famous Reporter launch

Mark your diaries.

Peter MacDonald (formerly of The Republic Bar & Café) will launch the latest issue of Famous Reporter on Thursday, 16th December, 5.30pm at the Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square, Hobart.

Hobart Bookshop: Chris Pearce & Janet Grecian, proprietors. Phone : (03) 6223 1803, Fax 03 6231 5504

7 November 2004

Invitation: Exhibition of poets associated with the University of Tasmania

Inspired by the Showcase of Tasmanian Poetry at The Write Stuff, the Morris Miller Library at the University of Tasmania is planning an exhibition in its foyer focused around poets who have over the years been associated in one way or another with the University of Tasmania.

The foyer at the university's social sciences library on the Hobart campus, the Morris Miller Library, has become something of a focal point in recent times for its artistic and cleverly compiled displays -- the work of reference librarian turned web librarian Gill Ward.

If you wish to put forward names of poets for this exhibition, please send details (name of poet, something about their work and of course something about how they are or were associated with UTAS) as well as your own contact details in case there's a need to verify something, via email to: Gillian Ward at UTAS (to avoid spam to her address, please note that her email address is her name separated by a dot, and then the usual @ symbol followed by utas.edu.au)

Disclosing Spaces: On Painting / Painting and Philosophy symposium

The Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts, invite you to attend: Painting and Philosophy: A symposium to mark the publication of Disclosing Spaces: On Painting by Andrew Benjamin with Paul Carter, Alison Ross and Dimitris Vardoulakis
Date: Thursday November 11, 5.00pm-7.00pm
Venue: Postgraduate Lounge, VCA, 234 St Kilda Rd Southbank

" In recent decades the proliferation of art practices has left behind the critical frameworks needed to understand and appraise art. Andrew Benjamin diagnoses and addresses this failure in terms of the role of criticism itself, proposing a realignment of the relationship between painting and criticism at a fundamental level. Broaching the idea that 'Paintings are not examples; not even of paintings,' the consequences are played out against modern art theory in a uniquely philosophical way. What follows is a renewal of the terms of criticism which draws on the philosophical (Immanuel Kant, Walter Benjamin) and the art-theoretical (Arthur Danto, Rosalind Krauss) alike. Throughout, the argument is funnelled through detailed treatment of an eclectic range of works, classical, modern and post-modern." -- Gleebooks review

Andrew Benjamin is Professor of Critical Theory at Monash University. Professor Benjamin is an internationally recognised authority on contemporary French and German critical theory. He has authored many books including Philosophy's Literature (2001), Architectural Philosophy (2000) and Present Hope: Philosophy, Architecture, Judaism (1997).

6 November 2004

Dan Poets features in November

Feature artists over November include:
13th Nov- John Memery
20th Nov- Dead Poets Reading, Pamely Sydney
27th Nov- Don Wan

2pm-5pm every Saturday.
Dan O'Connell Hotel, 229 Canning St., Carlton, Victoria

Note: the Dead Poets Reading on the 20th is an annual event which involves people in the open sections to read the works of an artist who has passed away. This does involve signing up on the day under the name of that artist and to be introduced as such.


You may be interested in attending the next Compulsions event, featuring Bev Roberts and Maria Zajkowski, both well respected poets.

These writers will not only be reading from their books and recent works, but they will be in conversation about their personal writing compulsions.

This event is on Friday, 12 November, 6.30 pm at Collected Works bookshop, level 1, Nicholas Building, Swanston Street, City.

Hobart poet wins 2004 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize

The Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize was awarded to Hobart poet, Louise Oxley.

From the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba web site:

"The Prize has been endowed by Bruce Dawe, one of Australia's best-loved and most widely read poets, as an annual $1,500 award to encourage poets throughout Australia. The endowment is held in trust by the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, and administered by the Faculty of Arts. The prize is judged by the English Literature staff of the Faculty, chaired by Dr Chris Lee."(Source: http://www.usq.edu.au/faculty/arts/dhis/bdnpp.htm)

The competition opens on 1st March and closes on 31st July each year.

A new CD from the Synaptic Graffiti Collective

There's a new CD from the Synaptic Graffiti Collective (Slam
the Body Politik) - profits to the Refugee Action Collective (Qld).
(Source: Chris Mansel, on the Poneme discussion list.)
Source: Poneme
-- an email list administered by Jen Crawford. Poneme is "about poetry and poetry-related matters. Members are invited to provoke and engage in discussion on poetry communities and histories, poets, poetics and tangentially related issues. Members are also welcome to post their own work. Please feel free to advise the list of your own and others' publications, readings, events, etc." Poneme evolved from a poetry discussion list run by Cassie Lewis, Poetry Espresso, which preceded poneme. You can still find archives of The Poetry Espresso online at www.poetryespresso.org.

Geoff Dean's new book: "The Literary Lunch: Selected Stories"

Geoff Dean's new book: "The Literary Lunch: Selected Stories"

"The Literary Lunch: Selected Stories" by Geoff Dean will be launched by Lindsay Tuffin, editor of The Tasmanian Times, on 18 November 2004 at 5.30 pm Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Place, Hobart. All welcome. Geoff Dean
A salute to Geoff Dean and his contemporaries Christopher Koch and Tim Thorne appears in the editorial of the latest issue of Island:

"Geoff Dean’s published short stories number in the hundreds (he is acknowledged as a founder member in the editorial of the first, 1979 issue of the Tasmanian Review, which became Island). "
David Owen, editorial, Island n.98, p.7.

Dean's stories have appeared around the world -- even alongside those of Margaret Attwood and Kurt Vonnegut, and he has received numerous awards and high praise from luminaries such as Thea Astley. 'The Literary Lunch', the first publication of The Write Stuff's publishing arm, Roaring 40s Press, celebrates nearly 50 years of acclaimed fiction.

It sells for $22.95 (rrp). Contact your nearest bookshop after 18 November.
Inquiries to: Roaring Forties Press, email: roaringforties@netspace.net.au

The Launceston launch is set for Friday evening, 3 December 2004 at Fullers Bookshop, Johns Street Launceston.

5 November 2004

NEW VENUE for 14th Nov workshop with Fleur Bourgonje

Sunday 14 November (NOT the 7th anymore, according to the Tas. Writers Centre alert issued on 5th Nov there were too many other competing events)
Venue: Salamanca Arts Centre Battery Point Community Hall, Hampden Road, Battery Point, Hobart
Cost: $20 for TWC members; $40 for others.
Places still available. Book now by phoning 03 6224 0029 or emailing director@tasmanianwriters.org.
The 2004 Hobart City International Writer in Residence, FLEUR BOURGONJE, will present her writing workshop, "ABOUT HORSES, CAMELS AND A HARLEY DAVIDSON: THE MOVING WRITER". In this workshop Fleur will share some of the possibilities on how to be writer in different cultures, different languages, and how and where to find one's own language. This workshop will appeal to both fiction and non-fiction writers who use their travels as a context for their writing.

When: Sunday 14 November 10am - 4pm
Where: Salamanca Arts Centre Battery Point Community Hall, Hampden Road, Battery Point, Hobart
Cost: $20 for TWC members; $40 for others.
Places are limited. Book now by phoning 6224 0029 or emailing admin@tasmanianwriters.org

About Fleur Bourgonke -- FLEUR BOURGONJE is a poet and prose writer, and was born in Achterveld, the Netherlands. She moved to Paris in 1968 and then to Latin America in 1970 where she worked as a journalist, while studying social psychology and translating Latin American literature into Dutch. Fleur lived in Chile until two weeks after the military coup against Salvador Allende in September 1973; in Argentina until two months after the military coup against the Peronist government, and in Venezuela until late 1981. She has traveled through South America, North Africa, the Middle East and Europe, and has visited Australia twice; to gather information and impressions for a novel and short stories about Dutch farmers who had left her native village in the 1950s to start a new life in Australia. Fleur has also written a libretto (for the celebrated Dutch composer Louis Andriessen) about the life of the French/Peruvian writer and feminist Flora Tristán, and a theatre piece for radio about the Mexican poet Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz. In addition, she has published novels, short stories and five collections of poetry. Fleur now lives in Amsterdam.

And these have been held already -- here for the record:

Wednesday 3 November from 7pm on ABC Local Radio. Annie Warburton interviewed Fleur Bourgonje, the 2004 Hobart City International Writer in residence.

Thursday 4 November 7pm at the Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hunter St, Hobart. ”In Conversation”. ROBERT DESSAIX and visiting Dutch writer FLEUR BOURGONJE chatted about life, writing and travel. You're welcome to this free event.

Despotic Empire or land of the free?

The Surface Magazine
Call for dubmissions


Following the USA elections, The Surface Magazine reflects on America: Despotic Empire or land of the free? America has established itself as a sole superpower -- but to what purpose? There seem to a lot of people either side of the fence when it comes to loving or hating America. Does size matter? What does America mean, politically, economically, demographically, etc.? Does everyone believe the ideals that America holds dear -- freedom, democracy? Are there truly any things which are self-evident? The deadline for copy and artwork is on or BEFORE 10 December 2004.

(Source: Thomas Cochrane, Editor of The Surface Magazine.

4 November 2004

IP Picks "Another" by Joel Dean: launch date

Each year, the Queensland-based literary publisher Interactive Press (poet David Reiter's press) holds a contest (the IP Picks Award is mentioned elsewhere on this blog) for an unpublished manuscript -- there are both prose and poetry categories -- which if selected as a winner gets to be published by IP.

"Another" written by Joel Deane, who happens to be Victorian premier Steve Bracks' speechwriter, won the 2004 IP Picks Award for Best Fiction. Cate Kennedy’s second poetry collection, Joyflight was winner in the poetry category.

"Another" is being launched at 6 p.m. on Monday, 22 November by Victoria's Attorney-General, Rob Hulls, at the Aura Lounge,12 Bourke St, Melbourne. Advance copies of the novel are available from http://www.ipoz.biz and the Paperback Bookstore, 60 Bourke St, Melbourne. (David Reiter speculates: if Joel Deane's book should win the Victorian Premiers prize, would Joel have to write the launch speech for the premier for his own book ...? See the IP site's newsletter, IP eNews)

Wildcare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize 2005

In my copy of Island, there was a bright green flyer for the Wildcare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize 2005: A literary prose competiton in the genre of nature writing, open to entries in both fiction and nonfiction with a first prize of $AUD5,000 and a wilderness residency in Tasmania.

Only trouble is I can't find anything online about it and have no time to type out the flyer ... But: entry forms should be on the ISLAND magazine web site at http://www.islandmag.com in a short while.

The closing date for entries is the 21st Feb. 2005 and the word limit is 2,000 to 5,000 words. Judges: Dr Pete Hay and Dr Veronica Brady.


A special Seminar to end the academic year!

Professor Gillian Whitlock
University of Queensland

"Soft Targets, Afghan Texts"

Why are there so many life narratives by and about Afghan women in the bookstores right now? What are they doing, and how did they get there? This paper focusses on the production, marketing and reading of a selection of these texts produced since 2001. A critical issue will be how the preoccupation with the burqa in Western representations of the women of Afghanistan is taken up by Afghan activists themselves.

Thursday, 11 November at 4.00 pm in Room 555
English Department, Uni of Tas

Removing the Boundaries is hosted by the School of English, Journalism and European Languages in HUM 555. For further information, please contact Lucy Frost (L.Frost @ utas. edu. au or 6226 2921).

3 November 2004

The Other Voices International Project

The Other Voices International Project is a cyber-anthology that erases the boundaries of nations, ethnicities, religions, cultures, and age to bring you some of the world's best poetry.
Participation in Other Voices is by invitation only. In vol.4, you will find French-born Tasmanian poet Christiane Conese Bostock: see: http://www.othervoicespoetry.org/vol4/index.html

Forthcoming Hobart poetry events: Nov. and Dec. Republic Readings

News about forthcoming Republic Readings Poetry & Prose Readings at The Republic Bar & Café in Hobart -- a smoke-free venue; 299 Elizabeth St. North Hobart. (Full contact details at the very end of this post.)


* 7th November: Lyn Reeves and Adrienne Eberhard

Lyn Reeves’ poetry is "characterised by a finely attuned feeling for landscape and for sensory impressions that accompany intense emotional experience, as well as by a keen apprehension of the tensions inherent in social relationships" -- Angela Rockel

Adrienne Eberhard’s poetry is strongly influenced by physical and historical aspects of her native Tasmania. She is particularly interested in the ways in which places shape people, and is currently researching and writing poems with the assistance of an Australia Council grant, about her mother's family's convict past and her father's Dutch-Indies heritage.

Also at this event the next issue of the Hobart-based poetry broadsheet, The Poets’ Republic -- issue n.8 -- will be launched.

And there will be open readings, 5 min. limit -- book in on the day. NB You'll be able to buy both featured readers’ work at this event: support Tasmanian writers and buy books for Christmas presents!

Read on for 5th December info:

* 5th December: Carolyn Fisher; launch of the next issue of the chapbook series, RePUBlic Readings, (n.9) PLUS an open reading with literary prizes

Carolyn Fisher moved from the UK to a quiet corner on the northwest coast of Tasmania 11 years ago. She has had poems published in literary magazines in Australia and in the UK and is currently working toward a first collection of poetry with assistance from an Arts Tasmania and an Australian Council grant.

Also at this event the next issue of the chapbook series, RePUBlic Readings, will be launched. The series is published by Ralph Wessman's Walleah Press. Issue n.9 is edited by poet Peter Macrow and if issue n.8 is anything to go by, it will be a highly-sought after publication -- definitely not to be missed. Peter's the editor of issues n.8 and 9, and poet Liz Winfield is the series editor.

There will also be an open reading with literary prizes -- book in on the day, 5 min. limit, any genre, read your own work only, it may have been previously published but must not have won any contests/competitions.

The readings take place on the first Sunday of every month, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Republic Bar and Cafe -- a smoke-free venue: 299 Elizabeth St. North Hobart.

These readings are supported by the Republic Bar & Cafe, the Tasmanian Writers Centre, the Hobart Bookshop and the Fellowship of Australian Writers, Tasmania.

The readings are coordinated by Liz Winfield: leggs456@msn.com, ph: + 61 3 6272 9324.

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/...