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FSP Featured Poets @ The Halifax Cafe: Kathryn Hummel, Mike Ladd & Michael Crane, 31 August

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FSP Featured Poets Series presents three poets you simply have to hear: Kathryn Hummel, recent digital poet in residence at SAWC; the fabulous Mike Ladd, and renowned poet and mover of the Melbourne poetry scene, Michael Crane.

31 August @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Halifax Cafe, 187 Halifax Street, Adelaide.

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!

Kathryn Hummel is the author of Poems from Here and The Bangalore Set. Her award-winning new media/poetry, non-fiction, fiction, scholarly research and photography has been published and presented around the world, most recently in Prelude Magazine and at the QPF partner event, Couplet. A frequent traveller and past writer in residence at Australian Poetry, Vitalstatistix, 1ShanthiRoad and the Kena Artists’ Initiative, Kathryn holds a PhD in narrative ethnography. Kathryn is working with the Red Room Co on the national Poetry Object project and has just finished a digital writer’s residency with the SA Writers Centre.

Mike Ladd was born in the USA to Australian parents, but for most of his life has been living and writing in Adelaide. He grew up in Blackwood, studied English and Philosophy at Adelaide University, then in the early ‘eighties joined the new wave band, The Lounge. Mike has often collaborated with musicians and artists, writing poetry for the screen and live performance with The Drum Poets, and Max Mo. Mike has worked in radio for thirty years, most notably producing Poetica, dedicated to Australian and international poetry on ABC Radio National. Recently he and his partner, Cathy Brooks, have been running projects that put poems on street signs as public art. Mike is a poetry mentor, judge, and occasional reviewer.

Michael Crane has been published in many literary journals and magazines including OverlandMeanjinThe Australian, and Best Australian Poems 2011, 2014 & 2015 and Australian Love Poems. His books include A Dog Called Yesterday – Selected Poems and Prose, Poems from the 29th Floor, Postcards from the End of the World and The Church of Contradictions. He has written many short stories and a detective novel. He organised the successful Poetry Idol series to large audiences at the Melbourne Writers Festival from 2007-2012 and published the annual song lyric and poetry magazine, the Paradise Anthology. Michael also has performed widely with independent bands and musicians.

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Kate Deller-Evans

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With much sadness, we report our inspirational colleague and friend, Kate Deller-Evans, died peacefully on the 6th August 2016 from the consequences of breast cancer. Kate was a marvellous poet, writing with a high level of craft, wit and perceptive insight about the things that matter to our lives, no matter how small or large. She had an extensive involvement in FSP as well as the broader Adelaide writing scene, as a poet, editor, historian, and mentor. She published several books of poetry, including FSP New Poets Seven: Travelling with Bligh  and, with her husband, Steve Evans, wrote the definitive history of Friendly Street Poets, Best of Friends: the first thirty years of the Friendly Street Poets. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her, worked with her, or indeed, simply read her words. Our condolences go out to her family, friends and colleagues.

Read a beautiful tribute to Kate by Jo Vabolis in InDaily here.

FSP City Meeting & Open Mic: Tuesday 6th September, 2015

All welcome! Come along and read or just listen.

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

South Australian Writers’ Centre Atrium, Tuesday 6th September, 2016.

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.

Remember that if you are not a paid up member, you’ll drop off the FSP email list and you will not be eligible for inclusion in the annual anthology.

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FSP at Unley Town Hall & Library, Saturday 17th September

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FSP comes to Unley Libraries to host guest poets and offer local writers time in the spotlight. Guest readers include Rob WalkerKerry Harte, Lindsay McLeod, and Judy Dally with MC, Kalicharan Nigel Dey.

Poets of Unley and beyond, we invite you to read and risk publication. Each poet will have three minutes to present during the open mic. Please bring two copies of your poems to be considered for publication in the Friendly Street Poets’ annual anthology.

Saturday 17 September, 1.30 – 4 pm, Unley Town Hall, Oxford Terrace, Unley

Free, no bookings required. Light refreshments provided. Ph 8372 5100 for more information.

Thanks to Jules Leigh Koch for organising this event, and the City of Unley for their support.

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Editors’ Blog #8

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Our 2016 Anthology Editors, Edie Eicas and David Harris, have a new blog post as they reflect on role of the poet in contemporary society.  You can read it here.