David Adès new collection “Afloat in Light”

Congratulations to long-standing FSP member, David Adès, who has a new book of poetry out:  Afloat in Light produced by the prestigious University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP).

David now lives in Sydney, having returned to Australia recently after several years in Pittsburgh, USA. He hopes to visit Adelaide again later this year.

David Adès’ luminous and honest collection, Afloat in Light, is chiefly a celebration of fatherhood and of paying attention, utilising Simone Weil’s notion that ‘attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity’. The collection extends to existence and loss, and a discourse on motive and meaning. Maps and moral compass are never far away in such explorations and like all good navigators Adès consults the moon and the stars to guide him through emotional terrain that crosses the globe via Australia, India and the United States. Poems about connection and love—familial, intimate, parental and friendship—hold their weight of history via scar tissue and heritage to allow ‘a vast and full space to fill the maps of our lives’. Afloat in Light delicately balances that most crucial aspect of life—of how the ordinary is anything but. Adès is a poet that fully harnesses the verve of small miracles. LIBBY HART

Click here to see more details and purchase the book.

FSP at Unley Town Hall

Saturday 17th June, 1:00 – 3:30 pm

Unley Town Hall

Oxford Terrace, Unley

Guest poets include Louise Nicholas, Pam Maitland, Geoff Johnson and MC David Harris.

Bring your own poems for the Open Mic along with two copies to be considered for publication in the FSP annual anthology.

Or just come long and listen!

Free admission.

Click here for more info.

New work from Pat Lee

Pat Lee

A regular FSP member since 2012, Pat Lee has just released a new collection of her work Nudge The Morning, published by Ginninderra Press. One of the poems from her collection, One December Afternoon, also was published in InDaily.

‘Pat Lee’s poetry often reflects her respect and reverence for the things of the natural world. She has an artist’s eye for landscape and a Wordsworthian ability to paint it in lyric poetry. Many of her images and word choices have an inevitability about them, a surety that is enviable. Hers is a poetic voice that is true and trustworthy.’  Louise Nicholas

For more info on her book, including options to buy it, click here. To read her poem in InDaily click here.

Pic courtesy of Martin Christmas.

FSP Meetings at the Box Factory in 2017

Thank you everyone who took part in the survey to determine the best time to have FSP City Open Mic meetings at the Box Factory. We ended up with 49 responses, which is a really good rate of return. Most of you are pretty flexible, but the strongest preference was for the 1st Monday of the month, notwithstanding the occasional public holiday then.

Therefore, the remaining 2017 City Meetings at the Box Factory will be on:

Monday 3rd April

Monday 1st May

Monday 12th June (2nd Monday, the 1st is already booked)

Monday 3rd July

Monday 7th August

Monday 4th September

Monday 9th October (2nd Monday, the 1st is the long weekend)

Monday 6th November

Monday 4th December.

Unless otherwise notified, doors will open at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start. Specific notices for each meeting will be posted closer to the event.


2017 FSP Anthology editors

FSP is pleased to announce that the editors for the FSP Anthology 42 are long-time members and contributors, Ros Schulz and Karl Cameron-Jackson.

Any poem read at an FSP event is eligible for selection in the Anthology, but you must be a financial member! Make sure you bring along two copies of your poem, with your contact details (name, email, phone number, address) clearly added to your copy.