Mike Ladd & Cathy Brooks at the Barr Smith Library

Mike Ladd & Cathy Brooks at the Barr Smith Library

The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library invite you to an author event with

Mike Ladd and Cathy Brooks

Thursday 18 May 2017 at 6:00 for a 6:30pm start.

Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide.


Mike Ladd is an Australian poet and radio presenter who has collaborated with artists and musicians, making poems for audio, film and installation works. His poetry combines natural elements with the suburban and industrial.

Mike’s new collection, Invisible Mending ranges across genres including essay, memoir, short story and poetry. Based loosely on the ideas of scarring and healing, Invisible Mending extends from family intimacies to connection and disconnection in the Australian community, environmental damage and repair.

Individual works have appeared in both the Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Poems series, leading Australian newspapers and magazines, and publications in the UK and USA. Barry Hill has described Mike Ladd’s writing as ‘flinty, visionary poetry’.

Cathy Brooks is a multidisciplinary visual artist, and together with Mike has been running projects to put poems on street signs as public art.

Learn more about these projects and the writing of Invisible Mending at this special author event.

Bookings by Tuesday 16 May to:

Telephone: 8313 4064
Open to the public
$5 admission at the door

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.