28 May 2005

Republic Readings

Poetry & Prose Readings @ The Republic Bar & Café

A smoke-free venue
299 Elizabeth St. 3-5pm 1st Sunday of every month

These readings are supported by the Republic Bar & Cafe, the TWC, the Hobart Bookshop & the Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW), & coordinated by Liz Winfield; leggs456 @ msn.com

Also includes details on the Winter Open Reading with Literary Prizes, Women Tasmania Poetry Workshop, Fellowship of Australian Writers Meeting, Poetry and Prose readings, Hobart Bookshop Events, FAW North West Tasmania Competition, Adult Education Poetry Workshop, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Young Writers and Poetica.

5th June

Venie Holmgren 3- 3.30pm
Venie has performed her work in Germany, USA, Canada, and throughout Australia. Her fourth collection of poetry is War & Peace, Ginninderra Press, 2002. She lives in Pambula on the Far South Coast of NSW

Winter Open Reading with Literary Prizes 3.30pm

Book in on day, the judge is Karen Knight.

Conditions: 5 minute time limit, must be own work which has not won any prizes/competitions previously, any genre.

Prizes: TWC (3memberships + book vouchers)

1 year subscription to Famous Reporter

1 year subscription to Island Magazine

$25 Book Voucher from Hobart Bookshop

Raffle: There will be a raffle to raise money to run the venue. The pub & TWC pay the readers and judge, but all money to pay for expenses for flyers, phone calls, and postage is raised by donation. There will be a gnome in attendance.

The rest of the year looks like this:
3rd July: Henry Sheerwater & Dee Gibson + launch of The Poets‚ Republic #11

7th August: Jenny Barnard & Stuart Solman

4th September: National Poetry Week- 6 Poets: Tim Thorne, Esther Ottaway, Benny Walter, May Carroll, Marilyn Arnold and Jane Williams + launch of The Poets‚ Republic #12 + The Hobart Poetry Pot

2nd October: James Charlton & Louise Oxley

6th November: Kathryn Lomer & Pete Hay + launch of The Poets‚ Republic #13

4th December: Summer Open Reading with Prizes


Women Tasmania Poetry Workshop
Thursday 9 June 2-4pm (please note sessions are back to 2nd Thursday in the month)

Liz Winfield will take a POETRY WORKSHOP AT WOMEN TASMANIA 140 Macquarie Street Hobart 7000. Access for people with disabilities (1 car space also available).

Liz Winfield received an Arts Tasmania grant to assist with writing the collection Too Much Happens, a response to living with chronic illness and disability, which was published by Cornford Press in 2003. Liz is known as a literary Events organiser for the Republic Readings. She is series editor of rePUBlic readings chapbooks and the editor of The Poets‚ Republic broadsheet and a poetry editor and reviewer for Famous Reporter. Liz is the current state president of FAW (Fellowship of Australian Writers) and edits their newsletter Tascribe.


FAW Meeting
June 11th Saturday 2pm - FAW Meeting at Friends‚ Meeting House, 395 Argyle St., North Hobart.

All welcome.

NB This is our first Saturday afternoon meeting for the year. All of the winter meetings will be held on Saturday afternoons.

The afternoon will include the Nairda Lyne results, Patron‚s competition, plus Members‚ readings and an afternoon tea in honour of life member Ted Sturges‚ 50th year of membership; please bring a plate.


Poetry Reading
Monday 13 June 7.30- ~ 10pm at Gallus Bar and Restaurant in Cameron Street, Launceston (opposite the old Post Office Building). Poetry lovers and attendees of Poetry Pedlars in Launceston are welcome to bring some poems to read or just come along and help us celebrate the new venue! No meals, but there's a bar.

Our competition is to write a monosyllabic poem involving some action (e.g. walking, drinking, flying....) The prize is a bottle of white wine. Catch us 2nd Monday of each month.


Prose Reading

Sunday 19 June 2005, 2.30ˆ3.30pm Royal Society Room, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 19 Davey St Hobart. Adelaide-based Nancy Flannery and her husband Ian will present an impassioned reading from „This Everlasting Silence: The Love Letters of Paquita Delprat and Douglas Mawson 1911ˆ1914‰. Between the icy expanses of Antarctica, across the Southern Ocean to Australia and Europe, these revealing letters tell of another side of the heroic age these remarkable letters. Free but bookings essential as numbers are limited. Phone TMAG Booking Line on 6211 4189


Hobart Bookshop Events
Thursday 9 June 5.30pm The Hobart Bookshop 22 Salamanca Square invites you to the celebration for the release of Family Baggage with best selling author Monica McInerney. All welcome to this FREE event.

Saturday 18 June 4pm The Hobart Bookshop 22 Salamanca Square invites you to the launch of Frank Madill's book, If You Faint, Fall Backwards!, an entertaining and insightful book telling of his experiences as a doctor. All welcome to this FREE event.

Thursday the 23 June 5.30pm The Hobart Bookshop 22 Salamanca Square.
Roaring Forties Press, in association with Jacana Media in Johannesburg, invites you to the launch of Chaos and Theory Of  The Heart by poet Lionel Abrahams. "Lionel Abrahams dedicated his life to literature and the refining power of literature over the human spirit" (J.M. Coetzee)
Peter Macrow, managing editor of Blue Giraffe Press invites you to the launch Blue Giraffe #1.

All welcome to this FREE event.

FAW North West Tasmania Competition
Our competition for anecdote or short short story in conjunction with the Devonport Library has been finalised. Word limit 300 to be fitted onto one A4 sheet of paper (one-and-a-half spacing). 

Conditions of entry include author's willingness to have work displayed in the library after judging and that work to be suitable for public display. 

Work will be displayed from 11-30th. July.

Closing date is 30th. June 2005 - entries to be dropped in at the library or posted to 'The Secretary, 8 Tingha Place, East Devonport....7310.'

First prize $50.00 - 2nd. prize $25.00 and certificates. Prize money is sponsored by Barney Roberts.

If under 18 years of age to be stated on entry. Usual competition rules (The author's name must not appear on manuscripts. The author's name, phone number, address, email address (if applicable), and the title of the work must be written on a separate sheet. Only the title of the work should appear on the manuscript. Entries must be the original work of the entrant, be unpublished, and not have won a prize in any other competition). No entry form required. ENTRY IS FREE.


Adult Education Poetry Workshop
Liz Winfield will be taking a one-day poetry writing workshop on Sunday 21 August for Adult Education in Hobart. The workshop will include writing exercises from which poems will be born. The workshop covers the ground from inspiration to publication. Lots of handouts and lots of fun.


Tasmanian Poetry Festival
14 - 16 October , Launceston. On the guest list this year: Robert Adamson, Ian McBryde, Lauren Williams, Louise Oxley, Caroline Fisher, Susan Kruss, Ron Riddell (from NZ) and Steve Kilbey, who may be familiar to many people as the lead singer with seminalAussie band The Church. Please contact Cameron at tpf_inc @ yahoo . com


Young Writers
For National Poetry Week there'll be an extra Poets' Republic dedicated to young writers work. I'm aiming for the grade 12 writers‚ workshop students. Under 20's I guess.

The Zum cafe  reading (competition for Writers' Workshop students) is on Thursday August 18th, so there‚ll be time to include the best entries from the reading. I‚d like to encourage all young writers to submit their best work before this date though. Anything accepted that doesn‚t fit into the young writers‚ issue will appear in subsequent issues of The Poets' Republic. This issue is made possible by donations and although payments to contributors has ceased, contributors to this specific issue will receive $5 in stamps per poem. It‚s not much, but the principle means much to writers I believe.


Presented by Mike Ladd, ABC Radio Saturday at 3.05 PM, repeated 9.05 PM Thursday

4 I Could Teach Bamboo about Emptiness- the poetry of Andrew Lansdown. 

11 The Poetry of Work- an anthology of Australian and international poems celebrating or bemoaning work and working life. 

18 Bob Dylan: When I Paint my Masterpiece- the music and poetry of Bob Dylan. 

25 U.A Fanthorpe: Underground Rivers- selected poems written and read by a quietly brilliant English poet. 

2 The Poetry of Men's Lives- a world anthology reflecting on masculine identity. 

9 Gwen Harwood- selected works of one of Australia's best-loved poets.

16 Laurie Anderson: Let X=X- Laurie Anderson speaks about and performs her work.

23 The Learning Curve- John Foulcher's sequence of poems about a fictitious Catholic secondary school.

30 Breaking the Silence- a century of South African women's poetry.

For further details, please contact the producers of Poetica. Visit the website at www.abc.net.au/rn/arts/poetica

25 May 2005

New kid on the block

The University of Tasmania is stepping into the Tasmanian publishing industry with its own Arts Tasmania and UTAS-funded 'Quintus Publishing Limited'.

There was an ad, apparently, in the Saturday Mercury (get your magnifying glass out or you will miss it) for a Director of Publishing; an announcement on TV last night and something in the Mercury today.

The new press will have its offices within the School of English. Contact details for further information: Ms Lynne Uptin, Director, Arts Tasmania.

24 May 2005

More La Mama Poetica

This Monday (30/5), performances and readings by 3KD presenter/poet Den the Fish, the legendary songwriter/poet Neil Murray (My Island Home), Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Cornelis Vleeskens, Pamela Sidney and Robyn Smith.

La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday St Carlton, $7/5 (includes refreshments, doorprize) at 8pm for what I believe is going to be an unforgettable night of reconciliation poetry!

20 May 2005

Get on your ABC

Regional Production Fund (RPF)

The ABC Radio Regional Production Fund commissions work from experienced radio producers and talented content providers who live outside the major capital cities. (Residents of Darwin and Hobart are eligible to apply.)

We are looking for documentary features or series, music segments, drama, comedy, serials, short stories, history, poetry, discussion programs or creative broadcast events.

You might have an idea for a complete and delivered program which fits within an existing ABC Radio format, an original script, a collection of oral histories or a series of songs.

For further information please contact:

Deb Leavitt
ABC Radio
Email: leavitt.deborah @ abc.net.au
Website: www.abc.net.au/radio/rpf/default.htm

New writing competition

Express Media's patron John Marsden has launched a new creative writing competition for Australian writers under 25, which will include a $500 cash prize and publication in Voiceworks magazine for the best poem. Prizes will also be offered to the runners-up. Full details can be found at Express Media's website at www.expressmedia.org.au

14 May 2005

Martin Duwell on Australian poetry

Australian critic and editor, Martin Duwell has read and published a variety of Australian talent over the years. "In this interview from Stylus Poetry Journal's archives, he discusses poetics, historical aspects of Australian poetry, and talks about ... the anthology, The Best of Australian Poetry 2003."

Chaos Theory of the Heart (Lionel Abrahams) published by Roaring Forties Press, 23 June 2005

Roaring Forties Press will be launching its next book at the Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square, on 23 June at 5.30 p.m. Chaos Theory of the Heart: Selected Poems is the final collection of poetry from Lionel Abrahams, who died at the end of May 2004. The book has been co-published by Roaring Forties Press of Hobart and Jacana Media of Johannesburg.

At the same occasion, the first issue of Blue Giraffe will to be launched by Ralph Spaulding. Peter Macrow is managing editor of Blue Giraffe Press. Be there, Hobart Book Shop, Thursday, 23 June at 5.30 p.m.

Blue Giraffe launch details: 23 June 2005 5.30 p.m. Hobart Bookshop

This is an update to a previous post about Blue Giraffe:

Blue Giraffe 1 is to be launched at the Hobart Book Shop on Thursday, 23 June at 5.30 p.m. Peter Macrow is managing editor of Blue Giraffe Press.

The launch is a shared function along with Roaring Forties Press who will be launching its next book at the same occasion.(Lionel Abrahams' poetry collection, Chaos Theory of the Heart: Selected Poems, co-published with Jacana Media of Johannesburg.)

13 May 2005

Footy poems wanted again

The Melbourne Poets Union (MPU) is publishing a chapbook of poems related to football - any kind of football, related to football in any way. Edited by Garth Madsen & Phil Ilton. To be published in September. We're currently
receiving submissions - you do need to be financial member of MPU.

Submission deadline is 31 May - so if you're a member get your poems in, if you're not a member, you may consider joining. More details on membership on website: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~mpuinc
And here's more details on the chapbook:

Score High Marks!

It's points plus to be in

Kickers and Knockers
The MPU Chapbook on Football
ed. by Phil Ilton & Garth Madsen

Your poem(s) could love it, hate it, be related to football in any way. Any footy.
Aussie Rules, Soccer, Rugby League/Union, Gridiron, Gaelic Football.

Not sure you can write on football? Then take a punt; only a dropkick would drop the ball and pass this opportunity.

We've received Grand Final poems. We'd love to receive some more.

Don't miss the siren.
So you're not behind, make it your goal to get your submission in by 31 May.

Guidelines & address for submissions on website: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~mpuinc

7 May 2005

Pinter, poet

Harold Pinter, one of the UK's greatest living dramatists, is turning away from playwriting to focus on politics and poetry."I think I've stopped writing plays now, but I haven't stopped writing poems," Pinter told the BBC in March. See story.

News from Selwyn Pritchard

Poet Selwyn Pritchard has a new-look web site with a sample of his work and the poet reading on an mp3 file. There is also a recent interview with him at www.poetrykit.org Also see Cornford Press for more of Selwyn's work.

2 May 2005

Kris Hemensley given the annual Christopher Brennan award

Kris Hemensley: a well deserved tribute, says The Age, 27 March 2005.For 40 years or more, says the Age artice, '( Hemensley has) continued to write poetry: an activity for Hemensley that is "an existential act, it's vocational, a necessity, a way of working things out." Most of his poems have never been collected or published. He has many unfinished projects sitting in his drawer. Perhaps some enterprising editor might persuade him to bring out his own collected works.'

Collected Works is for those who do not know, Hemensley's wonderful bookshop in Melbourne, described by Jacket Magazine's editor, John Tranter, as "the major poetry and ideas bookshop in Australia". And so it is. (See Jacket for a taste of Hemensley's poetry -- follow link).
The Age article continued:

"Visitors to Collected Works have ranged from Annie Proulx to Joyce devotees celebrating Bloomsday to Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth (Hemensley's connections with the music scene came through his late son Tim, frontman with the Powder Monkeys). When the Nobel laureate poet Seamus Heaney came to the Melbourne Writers' Festival, he made a beeline for Collected Works and was amazed to find not only a bookshop devoted to poetry, but also an exhibition in his honour, full of first editions of his work. They were from the collection of his old friend, Melbourne judge and fellow poet Peter Gebhardt. That's the sort of special touch Hemensley provides."

Collected Works moved in 2003 to: Level 1, Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street Melbourne 3000, Australia
Telephone (613+) 9654 8873

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