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FSP City Meeting & Open Mic: 2nd August

Tuesday, 2nd August, 2016!

Open Mic in two sessions: sign in from 6:00 pm for a 6:30 pm start, or for the second session, starting around 7:45 – 8:00 pm.

$5 entry.

Strictly 3 minutes maximum per reader.

Bring along two copies of your poems for submission to the next edition of the FSP Anthology.

Copies of FSP Anthology 40 will be available for sale for $25.

SA Writers’ Centre, 187 Rundle Street, Adelaide.

FSP Featured Poets @ The Halifax Cafe, 27th July: Heather Taylor-Johnson, Rachael Mead & Alison Flett.

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FSP Featured Poets Series presents three of Adelaide’s most popular poets: Heather Taylor-JohnsonRachael Mead, and Alison Flett.

Come early, stay late, and enjoy the friendly atmosphere, excellent food and a most fitting range of beverages offered by the Halifax Cafe. Support the venues that support poetry!

Wednesday, 27th July 2016, 6:00-7:30pm, Halifax Cafe, 187 Halifax Street, Adelaide. See the event page for details.


Heather Taylor Johnson‘s fourth book of poetry will be out by Five Islands Press this November and her second novel will be out by UQP in February. She’s a poetry editor for Transnational Literature and the editor of the anthology The Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain, which is in negotiations with a publisher. She’s currently working on a manuscript of lyrical essays and might throw in a novella just to give it a fun twist at the end. She received a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide in 2007.

Rachael Mead is a South Australian poet and writer who has been, at various times, an archaeologist, environmental campaigner, wedding decorator and bookseller. She has an Honours degree in Classical Archaeology, a Masters in Environmental Studies, and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide. She is the author of three collections of poetry: Sliding Down the Belly of the World (Wakefield Press 2012), The Sixth Creek (Picaro Press 2013) and The Quiet Blue World (Garron Publishing 2015).  You can find more of her work at http://rachaelmead.com.

Alison Flett was born and bred in Scotland where her poetry collection Whit Lassyz Ur Inty (Thirsty Books, 2004) was shortlisted for the Saltire Book of the Year Award. She has performed her work on national television and radio and at literary festivals in Britain and Europe. Since moving to Adelaide in 2010 she has been published in various anthologies and journals including CorditeRabbitfoam:e and Australian Love Poems 2013. In 2014 she was shortlisted for the Whitmore Press Manuscript Award.

Poem of the Month for May: “Sermon on Dogma” by Kalicharan Nigel Dey

As selected by the anthology editors, David Harris and Edie Eicas from FSP readings in May, 2016.

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SERMON ON DOGMA by Kalicharan Nigel Dey

There I was, sitting on a pew in church,
Attentively listening to Father John Birch.
The Reverend quoted reverently:
“None comes to the Father except through me.”
An exegesis followed with passion and fire:
“Either these words are true or Jesus was a liar.”

“Hold on!” I thought, “There’s a third possible conjecture:
The gospels could contain elements of fiction.”
Father John Birch is an authority on scripture
But like most authorities he has an affliction.

It’s called dogma – an epidemic mental disease
Preventing consideration of all possibilities.
It narrows the mind, driving it to a conclusion
With a steering-wheel of ideological intrusion.
Declaring truth has been found, it calls off the search.
Dogma rules in lecture-hall, laboratory, mosque and church.

How to obtain copies of Anthology #40

Front Cover of AnthologyThere are two ways  to obtain a copy of FSP Anthology #40, Many Eyes, Many Voices:

1.  Come along to any FSP meeting and buy one in person for $25 per copy.

2. If you cannot do that, you can order one via the form below. We do not have any on-line credit card or Paypal-style facilities, but we can handle Electronic Funds Transfer. The cost is $30 per copy including postage and packaging. We will reply with the necessary EFT details.

Please include your postal address and the number of copies you would like in the body of the message.

Editors’ Blog #6

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Our 2016 Anthology Editors, Edie Eicas and David Harris, have a new blog post as they consider Postmodernism and poetry.  You can read it here.

FSP Featured Poets @ The Halifax Cafe in June: Jules Leigh Koch & gareth roi jones

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FSP Featured Poets Series presents two of Adelaide’s most beguiling poets: Jules Leigh Koch and gareth roi jones.

6:00 – 7:00 pm; Wednesday 29th June 2016, at The Halifax Cafe, 187 Halifax Street, Adelaide.

Jules Leigh Koch has published four collections of poetry and one chapbook, most recently Stripping Wallpaper from the Sky (Interactive Press, 2015), and has received two SA Literature Grants (2008; 2011). He is one of the poets in the public art works Signs of Life  (Bowen Street, Adelaide) and the Shop 6 Tram Art project (Glenelg tram line). He also has worked as a mentor with writers from the Richard Llewellyn Arts and Disability Trust.

gareth roi jones is a member of the dandylion collective, a small writers’ group based in Adelaide, South Australia. His poems have been widely published, including in Best Australian Science Writing 2013, and have been short-listed for many prizesHis solo collection ‘Gunyah’ Healing was published in FSP New Poets 17. In 2014, he co-edited FSP Anthology 38 The Infinite Dirt.

Come early, stay late, and enjoy the friendly atmosphere, excellent food and a most fitting range of beverages offered by the Halifax Cafe. Support the venues that support poetry!

See the event page for maps and details.