Vale John Gilbert…

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Long-standing FSP member and friend John Gilbert collapsed and died suddenly on Saturday 28th November. He was a regular not only at FSP but other SA poetry groups including the Hills Group and Gawler Poets.

As FSP Convenor, Paul Wilkins says, “his work had a certain sincere simplicity, usually in ballad form, which was often in touch with the fundamentals of human experience  with wide appeal to an immediate audience. He was a person who did much for others and too often proably gave himself and his own interests secondary consideration.”

Thanks to Martin Christmas for the recent picture of John, which captures him perfectly…

FSP and SA poets in “Australian Poetry”


Excellent publishing news out this week: Jelena Dinic  has a poem Hotel Room Nightmare in the latest Australian Poetry Journal 5.2. David Ades, Aidan Coleman, Ian Gibbins and Cary Hamlyn have poems in the latest Australian Poetry Anthology 4.

Both collections are available from the Australian Poetry website. Click here.

If you are serious about your writing, you should join Australian Poetry… (and the SA Writers Centre, while you are about it: click here.)


The 2015 Goolwa Poetry Cup

This year’s Goolwa Poetry Cup, held at the Steam Exchange Brewery, was a huge success, with excellent poetry and a large appreciative audience.

First place and $1000 went to Jason Marsiglia, second place and $200 went to Amy Watson. Other finalists, each receiving $50, were Aaron Furnell, James Hickey, Meredith Hall and Matilde Wiese. People’s Choice and $100 went to Christina Hack. Keenan Drake won the Young Poet competition. and $50. Congratulations to the winners and all the competitors!!

Judges were Jude Aquilina,  Kami McInnes  and MC Nigel Ford, who did a fantastic job organising and running the event.

Special thanks to Alexandrina Council as Event Partner and Major Sponsor via Leah Grace, Arts Officer at Alexandrina Council, and Gareth Andrews, Manager of the Steam Exchange Brewery.

For an excellent video of the event, thanks to Lord Stompy, follow this link.

Poem of the Month, October, 2015: “Short Shorts” by John Malone

Short Shorts


I watch the shirts
On the line
Breathe in and out


They line up along
The footpath mouths open
Hungry for mail.


This insect that just landed
Stretching wings, legs
Doing tai chi on the page.


That rustling in the hedge
A short story
Stirring into life


Bald and black
As an emu’s egg, the helmet’s hatched
A biker’s head.
John Malone
Poem read at Ochre Coast Poets, Seaford Library, selected by Anthology editors, Murray Alfredson and Margaret Clark.

Rob Walker: November poet-in-residence at Adelaide City Library



Rob Walker  is Adelaide City Library / SpokenWord SA Poet-in-Residence during November. He will be in the City Library 10 am to 1 pm every Wednesday in November, working on his theme: Lost and Found, based on input from Library users. Please visit him, chat about his project, and maybe even contribute to it!

Rob is also Guest Blogger for November at Adelaide Reads on the theme of Lost Manuscripts. See more here.

Rob will have a final performance of published work, new poems and music at the Adelaide City Library on Friday 27th November, 2015, at 6:30. This is a free event, sponsored by SpokenWord SA.