Vale Pauline Wardleworth

We were saddened to hear that long-time FSP member, Pauline Wardleworth, died on the 24th November, 2016, aged 87. She was an active member of FSP for many years, and edited Friendly Street Reader 9 with Graham Rowlands. She returned from Stawell to live again in Adelaide from 2006. During that time she wrote some poetry for family, friends and for the newsletter in her aged care residence. She remained interested in all things literary and was a voracious reader of fiction.  Her daughter, Katherine Healy, says, “Friendly Street gave my mother such joy, personal connection and developed her skills as a poet and editor.” Our condolences extend out to her family.

Her funeral will on Tuesday 29 November at 2pm at Blackwell’s Funeral Chapel, 290 Greenhill Road, Glenside.

Click here to read a sample of Pauline’s poetry.

FSP Featured Poets @ Halifax Cafe, 30th November: Peter Goldsworthy & Jan Owen with Ana Nedeljkovic-Brankovic


The final FSP Featured Poets at Halifax Cafe for 2016. A multi-lingual mix of poetry and music to finish off the best season yet!

Come along and support quality poetry, the fine people of Halifax Cafe, and FSP. The cafe will be open for food and beverages.


Halifax Cafe

187 Halifax Street, Adelaide

Wednesday 30th November 2016

6:00 – 7:30 pm, Free entry.


 Ana Nedeljkovic-Brankovic

completed her Masters in Music at the University of Belgrade. As a soloist, she has nurtured and honoured the vocal traditions of the Balkans. While in Serbia she coordinated/directed singing groups who performed a repertoire of traditional Balkan songs. In Adelaide, she has established both male and female singing groups performing Serbian folk songs.

Peter Goldsworthy

has won literary awards across diverse genres, including the 1982 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 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 (2015).

Jan Owen

is a writer and translator who runs monthly poetry workshops in Aldinga Beach. The Offhand Angel, her seventh book, was published in London by Eyewear Publishing in 2015. Her translations from Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal, published in 2015 by Arc Publications, was long-listed for the American National Translation Award. She received the 2016 Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal. 

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FSP Anthology 40 at Burnside Library, 24th November


FSP at Burnside Library

401 Greenhill Road, Tusmore

Thursday 24th November, 2016,

7:30 – 9:30

Friendly Street Poets are reading from our 40th Anthology which has contributions by many poets some who have been recognised in Australia and internationally.

We are hoping that the people reading will entertain, trigger memories and emotions and provide an entertaining night.

If memories of school years and romantic moments or even the prospect of becoming a poet appeal, then come along and bring a friend. All are welcome. Free!

Supported by FSP and Burnside Library.

FSP December City Meeting & Open Mic: Monday 12th December @ The Box Factory

Please note the different date & venue!!

The Box Factory, 59 Regent Street, Adelaide (off Halifax Street)

Monday 12th December, 2016

The Box Factory is one of the potential new venues for FSP City meetings.

The meeting will be on Monday 12th December as the only available date around this time.

Come along, see what it’s like, give your opinion.

All welcome to read or just listen.

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

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.

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Spring Poetry Festival, 29th October

Run by the SA English Teachers Association, the Spring Poetry Festival showcases the best poetry from school students around the state.

The Festival Launch is on:

Saturday 29th October 11:15am – 1:15 pm

Pultney Grammar School, 190 South Terrace, Adelaide

FSP has been a long-time supporter of the Festival and contributes a range of prizes, judged by our Anthology editors.

The launch includes readings of the winning poems and refreshments will be available after the launch.

All welcome.