Valerie Volk reads Bruce Dawe at Dymocks “Dead Poets Society”


SPOKEN WORD SA proudly brings you another amazing Dead Poets Society monthly event at Dymocks Adelaide.

Rundle Mall, Adelaide, Thursday 20th October, 6:00pm – 8:30pm.

Local poet Valerie Volk will be performing both her own material
and that of tribute poet,  Bruce Dawe.


A selection of both poets works will be for sale. There is an open mic, where you can read a poem by Bruce Dawe and one of your own that reflects his influence on you.

U3A Anthology Launch, 21st October 2016



 Adelaide U3A Writers Workshop cordially invites you to join them for the launch of their fifth anthology of work: Out of the Box 5

1 – 3 pm, 21 October, 2016

Room 4 at The Box Factory, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide.  

This anthology is the largest and most diverse collection of members’ work we have published and will be on sale on the day for $8.00. It will launched by U3A President, Jim Wilson. There will be food, wine and readings for the enjoyment of all. Attendance is free.

Poem of the Month, July 2016: “Gale” by Susan O’Brien

Sue O'Brien
Sue O’Brien


The roistering gale from the West
shrieks round building walls
and summons sheet metal thunder
from the rain water tanks
We are besieged by sound.

Trees on the far ridge whip and flail,
drunken cheer leaders against shredding sky,
hailstone missiles streak
through horizontal rain

I more deeply understand
the welcome swallows’ nest:
under the widest eave,
plastered to the wall
even now
it is safe in the wind shadow

Startled out of sleep at three a.m.
we pull on clothes
in case, in case….
but our house too holds steady
there is no need to flee
into the maelstrom…

Sleep again overtakes us

At first light the silence shocks:
survivors are stunned but standing
the fallen indeed are fallen
and sadly, amongst their silent ranks
our Number One Yacca is down

Here before white settlement
prized for food and tinder
for weapons and glue
survivor of roaring bush fires –
resin rubies shining
between charred leaf bases,
this one legged ancient
finally felled
by the blow and suck of air.

Susan O’Brien

Pic courtesy of Martin Christmas.

Blackout cancels FSP Featured Poets @ Halifax Cafe in September: Stephen Brock & Nathan Curnow

In case you hadn’t noticed, the massive storm-induced power blackout that hit SA forced the cancellation of this session. We’ll see what we can do to re-run it at some stage. Tough for the poets, the cafe and the punters, but that’s the weather for you…




This month’s FSP Featured Poets @ Halifax Cafe presents Adelaide’s own Stephen Brock and, from Ballarat, Nathan Curnow.

Wednesday, 28th September, 2016

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

 Stephen Brock

published his first collection of poetry The Night is a Dying Dog (Wakefield Press) in 2007, and received a grant from Arts SA for the completion of Double Glaze, published by Five Islands Press in 2013. He is the co-translator with Sergio Holas and Juan Garrido-Salgado of Poetry of the Earth: Mapuche Trilingual Anthology (Interactive Press 2014). His work has featured in the Best Australian Poems (Black Inc.) and has been published in journals in Australia and overseas. Steve completed a PhD in Australian literature at Flinders University in 2003, and works in the higher education sector. His chapbook Jardin du Luxembourg is forthcoming with Garron Publishing (2016). 

Nathan Curnow

lives in Ballarat and is a past editor of Going Down Swinging. He is the author of five collections of poetry, including The Ghost Poetry ProjectRADAR and The Right Wrong Notes. His most recent collection The Apocalypse Awards (2016) is inspired by the absurdity of the modern world and charts our collective obsession with the end times. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize, is the father of four daughters, and teaches creative writing at Federation University.

Support the Featured Poets Series

Join FSP for only $25 / $15 p.a.

The Halifax Cafe will be open for drinks and meals. Come along and make a night of it!

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Garron Chapbook launch at Halifax Cafe, 6th October



Garron Publishing  invite you to the launch of their fourth series of chapbooks by Southern Land PoetsAlison Flett, Judy Dally, Louise McKenna, Mike Hopkins and Steve Brock.

Thursday 6th October, Halifax Cafe, 187 Halifax St, Adelaide

6:00pm for 6:30 start.

The Cafe will be open for beer, wine and food.