Special reading at Halifax Cafe, Saturday, 10th September, 11am.

Come along to a special poetry reading featuring

Paul Mitchell, Jan Owen, Louise Nicholas and Peter Goldsworthy 

at the fabulous Halifax Cafe, 187 Halifax Street, Adelaide.

Saturday, September 10, from 11am.

Paul Mitchell’s wry and moving considerations of society’s undercurrents chronicle a soberingly recognisable Australia. His three poetry collections have received national prizes and wide acclaim, and his short story collection Dodging the Bull (2007) was included in the 2008 The Age Summer Read program. Mitchell explores the beauty in the seemingly mundane, the troubled history of Australian masculinity, and finds spirituality in the murky depths of life. He has continued this exploration with his fifth book, a simultaneously sensitive and rugged novel, We.Are.Family. (MidnightSun Publishing 2016).

Peter Goldsworthy has won literary awards across a wide range of genres, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the 1988 Australian Bicentennial Poetry prize, the FAW Christina Stead Award for fiction, and a Helpmann Award, with composer Richard Mills,  for the opera Batavia.  His 1995 novel Wish was recently rereleased in the Text Australian Classics series, and his 1989 novel ‘Maestro’ as an Angus & Robertson Australian Classic. His most recent book is The Rise of the Machines and other love poems, published last year.

Jan Owen’s New and Selected Poems,The Offhand Angel, came out in the U.K.with Eyewear in 2015. Her translations from Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal were published by Arc Publications in 2015 and have been long-listed for the American Literary Translators Association National Translation Award. A small book of parodies, The Wicked Flowers of Charles Baudelaire was published  last month with Shoestring Press. Jan was recently awarded the 2016 Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal.

Louise Nicholas is a South Australian teacher and poet. Her publications include WomanSpeak, co-written with Jude Aquilina (Wakefield Press 2009), Large (Garron Press 2013) and The List of Last Remaining (Five Islands Press 2016). She was Poet-in-Residence for the Tea Tree Gully Poetry Festival in 2015.

Mockingbird Poets

Mockingbird Poets is friendly new poetry critique group for beginners and seasoned poets alike. Opening up on 17 September, if you love poetry, you are welcome.

To get us going at the first meeting, bring a poem of your own to share with the group, or one by your favorite poet. We can then discuss the way forward. The aim is to find a format that will best engage us in a process of constructive analysis and discussion through which we can learn more about the art and craft of poetry and improve our own work.

Lindy Warrell* will convene to start but, as time goes on, others may wish to take turns chairing so everyone has the opportunity to introduce a favorite poem and poet, allowing us to explore the richness and diversity of the poetic life.

WHEN: Monthly on the third Saturday of the month 10:00 am – 12:00 midday.

WHERE: Mockingbird Lounge,  63A Broadway, Glenelg 5045.

COST: $8 – coffee included.

SIGN UP: Please contact Mockingbird Lounge to sign up to the group with your name and mobile number so that you will receive a reminder text message the day before the meeting each month.

Phone: 8294 3398

Email: info[at]mockingbirdlounge[dot]com[dot]au

*Lindy is an anthropologist, meditation teacher, aspiring novelist and poet. Her work has been published in journals and anthologies and she has read her poems at poetry gigs and on air. She is a member of Friendly Street Poets (Adelaide) and Ochre Coast Poets (Seaford). After finding no poetry group in Glenelg when she moved back here, Lindy decided to start one herself and Mockingbird Lounge kindly offered to be the host.

FSP City Meeting & Open Mic: Tuesday 4th October, 2016

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 4th October, 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 #9

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

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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