Heaven on Earth

Published : Tuesday, October 09, 2012 | Label:

This Saturday (13 October 2012) in Randwick, a brilliant new festival gets going: the Heaven & Earth Writers Festival.

Dreamed up by scholar, gardener, activist and writer Mary O’Connell, the festival celebrates and hopes to deepen our relationship with the planet, through song, slow food, hot talk and poetry.

I’m delighted to be on the bill. Come and hear me read poems and talk about poetry’s role in all this from 11 till 12. It’s hard, as William Blake (who may as well be the festival’s patron saint) knew “to see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wildflower; harder still “to hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour”, but poetry knows how, and I’m going to do my best in the hour that I have.

Between noon and 1, I don’t want to miss Indira Naidoo and Costa Girogiadis talk about the slow life (growing, cooking, eating, savouring). After lunch, I’m up again talking about the spiritual work of poetry and the way the world inspires me: with Mary, Louise Fowler-Smith, Raymond Hawkins and my friend Deborah Bird Rose (2 till 3). Then I close out the day (3:30 till 5:00) chairing Kim Satchell, Deb Bird Rose, Peter Boyle, and Lorraine Shannon, my friends from the Kangaloon Group, talking wildly about living passionately in dark times.

The Festival runs from 9:00 to 5:00, and it’s on at the Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda Street, Randwick. For bookings: http://www.heavenandearthwriters.net.au.

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