Poetry in Newcastle and the West, 30 September (to 2 October) 2011

Published : Thursday, September 22, 2011 | Label:

Poetry takes me to Newcastle on Friday 30 September, but it calls me to Perth the same night. It’s prize night in both towns.

The prestigious Newcastle Poetry Prize is announced at 6 pm in the Newcastle Region Art Gallery (30 September). Prize Night this year includes the launch of an anthology of the poems that have won the NPP since it began thirty years ago. I’ll be reading from “Eclogues”, which won the prize in 2007; and my “Wombat Vedas” are shortlisted for this year’s prize. So I have two poetical reasons to travel north that night.

But if I hadn’t committed to Newcastle, I’d be in Perth: it’s prize night there, too. The WA Premier’s Book Awards are announced, and Fire Diary is shortlisted for the poetry prize.

So half my mind will be in the east on 30 September, and half, as ever, in the west.

But I’ll be fully present on the east coast on the Saturday (and Sunday morning): the first ever Australian Poetry Symposium takes place in Newcastle on the weekend of 1–2 October. Check the details on the Australian Poetry website. The full program has just been released. Apart from my appearances on prize night on the Friday, I’ll be reading, with some other poets whose work appears in the first issue of AP’s Australian Poetry Journal , launched at the Town Hall at 12:45.

There are a host of great sessions—panels, slams, readings, raves, launches. So come along. See you in Newcastle.

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