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Spring Poetry Festival, 29th October

Run by the SA English Teachers Association, the Spring Poetry Festival showcases the best poetry from school students around the state.

The Festival Launch is on:

Saturday 29th October 11:15am – 1:15 pm

Pultney Grammar School, 190 South Terrace, Adelaide

FSP has been a long-time supporter of the Festival and contributes a range of prizes, judged by our Anthology editors.

The launch includes readings of the winning poems and refreshments will be available after the launch.

All welcome.

FSP Featured Poets @ Halifax Cafe: Ken Bolton and Dominic Symes, 26th October

After the washout / blackout last month, FSP Featured Poets at Halifax Cafe returns with two stars of the local scene.

Halifax Cafe, 187 Halifax Street, Adelaide; 6:00 – 7:30 pm.


Ken Bolton

lives in Adelaide where he has until recently managed the Australian Experimental Art Foundation’s Dark Horsey bookshop. His most recent collection is Threefer (Puncher & Wattmann).  Shearsman (UK) issued his Selected Poems in 2013. Vagabond published the long poem London Journal in 2015. He wrote the art monograph Michelle Nikou (Wakefield Press) and edited Homage to John Forbes (Brandl & Schlesinger) and More Is Plenty on artist Kurt Brereton (Jellied Tongue Press).  His art criticism has been collected under the title Art Writing (Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia) and can be read ahttp://aeaf.org.au/events/critical-writing.html.

Dominic Symes

graduated from the Creative Writing Honours Program at the University of Adelaide in 2014. In 2015, he won the Express Media Award for ‘Best Poem Published in 2015’, recognising a poem that appeared in Voiceworks, the National Australian Under-25 Literary Magazine. His chapbook Shanghai Fever, was launched as part of the SALA festival in August of 2016. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Adelaide.

The Halifax Cafe will be open for meals, snack, coffee and beverages. Come early, stay late. Enjoy the good vibes!


FSP November City Meeting & Open Mic: 8th November @ Harry’s Bar, Grenfell St

Please note the different date & venue!!

Harry’s Bar, 12 Grenfell, St, Adelaide

Tuesday 8th November, 2016

Harry’s Bar is one of the potential new venues for FSP City meetings.

The meeting will be on the 8th November to avoid a clash with Melbourne Cup Day festivities…

Come along, see what it’s like, give your opinion.

The venue will be set-up cabaret style with chairs around tables. Take the lift or stairs to the upper floor.

All welcome to read or just listen.

Open mic, 3 minutes per reader. All members’ poems are eligible for publication in the next annual anthology.

Doors open at 6:00 pm to sign up for readings in two sessions.

First session: 6:30 – 7:30 pm; Second session: approx. 8:00 – 9:30 pm.

$5 entry. If you’re not a member, join up on the night.

Call out for FSP Anthology editors, 2017

It’s time to find two new editors for the next FSP members’ anthology.

This will be Volume #42, containing poems submitted by FSP members at FSP events in 2017, to be published by FSP in 2018.

The primary task of the editors is to select the poems and get them ready for print-production. Basic word-processing and email skills are essential. Assistance will be available for the preparation of the final print-ready text and cover.

Editors need to be current financial members of FSP. There is a small remuneration for each editor.

Click here to read detailed information on what is involved.

Please send your expressions of interest, or any questions you might have, to Sue Reece, via the contact form below.

Box Factory Community Day: 15th October

One of the potential alternative venues for the FSP City Meetings is the
Box Factory
59 Regent St South, off Halifax Street, Adelaide.
They are having an open day BBQ this coming
Saturday afternoon, 15th October, 12 – 4:00pm,
with music and an open mic.
Come along,  check out the venue if you haven’t been there before, and join in the fun.

Radio Adelaide needs poets…

Two Radio Adelaide shows, A Peace of the Action which deals with social justice, and Barometer which deals with environmental issues, are looking for poets. Both are talk shows, with in-depth interviews, interspersed with music. They’d like to include some local poetry along with the music.

Social Justice topics include (but are not confined to): anti-war, poverty, refugees, racism, inequality, domestic violence, homelessness, Indigenous issues, deaths in custody, income management, the right to protest, etc.

Environmental topics include (but are not confined to): protection of pretty well anything not yet extinct or destroyed (forests, oceans, creatures, rivers, water quality, air quality), renewable energy, coal mining, coal seam gas, Great Barrier Reef, uranium, recycling, rubbish, global warming, food security, the right to protest, death of bees, etc.

Poem Length: Short poems,from 30 secs to 2 mins in length, are preferable. Please ensure no individual poem exceeds 3:30 in length. Multiple poems are welcome.

Time and Place: Radio Adelaide Studios, 3 Cinema Place, next to Nova Cinemas.

12:40pm – 3pm, Saturday 5th November, 2016

Recording starts 1pm sharp. They plan to record in a group, and then go out for coffee afterwards.

Performance: These poems are to be broadcast on radio, where the only means of communication is your voice. It’s okay to read your poems (they don’t have to be memorised), but your voice needs to contain expression and texture. Please practise your poems aloud to bring out the best in your recording.

RSVP essential: Please RSVP to Sue Reece suzm33[at]gmail[dot]com by Fri 4th Nov if you’d like to be a part of this. The station doors are locked on the weekends, so they need to know who’s coming in order to let you in. Once in the recording studios, there won’t be anyone to open the doors, so please don’t be late.

Contact Details: Please include both a mobile phone number and an email address in your RSVP.

Sue Reece: Barometer / Clayton Werner: A Peace of the Action / Radio Adelaide

Poetry on the Fleurieu + Southern Launch of Anthology #41: November 13th.


Come along to the Southern Launch of the Friendly Street Poets Anthology #41 with the regular Open Mic sessions too.

Signal Point Art Gallery Theatrette, Laurie Lane, Goolwa.

Sunday 13th November, 2016; 1:00 – 3:00pm

$5 to read your own poetry or FREE to kick back & enjoy the words of others.
Raffles for book prizes.

This poetry event is brought to you by Alexandrina Council, Friendly Street Poets & Nigel Ford Life Poet.

Laurie Lane is located between the Goolwa RSL & the old Goolwa Courthouse / Police Station (walking distance from the Goolwa Information Centre).

Click here for a map.