Poetry News

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Some dates for your diary from The Poetry News Events Guide:


ABC Radio:                                                   Free podcasts include The Book Show: Writing In The Time of Coronavirus. Writers from Australia, Italy, France discuss their writing, (no)launch experiences. https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/the-book-show/the-book-show-monday-23-march-2020/12071544

ABR (Australian Book Review) Podcast:               Released weekly Wednesdays: reviews, poetry, fiction, interviews, and commentary. For a discussion of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Klara and the Sun, his first novel since winning the Nobel Prize, see: https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/podcast.

Apothecary Archive Publishing Hosts The 5 Islands Press Archive:                  As well as publishing new books by Anne Elder Award-winning poet Gareth Jenkins and ‘Outsider’ artist Anthony Mannix, and the sold-out Sweet Forme: Shake-Speare’s Perfect Sonnets, AAP has taken on the task of archiving the history of 5 Islands, the press founded by Ron Pretty in 1986 (which has published 250 books). See https://apothecaryarchive.com/the-5-islands-press-archive and https://apothecaryarchive.com/the-apothecary-archive-press-1

Art Gallery of NSW Channel:                     Download free art appreciation talks, interviews and more. Includes clips, conversations and discussions of exhibitions. See https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/channel/clip/1041/

ArtsHub:                                                        Offers listings of COVID grants available for artists, announcements of residency programmes, opportunities and awards across Australia. See https://www.artshub.com.au/news-article/news/grants-and-funding/staff-writer/opportunities-and-awards-wrap-261844.

Australian Haiku Society:                            Information on Haiku events, journals and a calls for submissions to Awards. With links to haiku groups around Australia. https://australianhaikusociety.org/

BBC Radio 4:                                                The Poet Laureate Has Gone To His Shed. Guests such as poet Kate Tempest, actor Maxine Peake, hip-hop performer Testament and more join UK poet Simon Armitage in his writing shed to discuss poetry, creativity, rapping and more. Details, see: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p085jg48/episodes/player

Biennale of Sydney NIRIN 2020:                The 22nd Biennale offers an expansive artist and First Nations-led exhibition of contemporary art that connects local communities and global networks. See the NIRIN 2020 site for artist interviews and details of exhibitions:  https://www.biennaleofsydney.art/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpLHJycfq6wIVyRwrCh1HaQlFEAAYASAAEgKXT_D_BwE

Bloodaxe Books:                                            Carolyn Forché. Recording of poet Carolyn Forché, reading from her collection In The Lateness of The World, and in conversation. See: https://www.bloodaxebooks.com/events?articleid=1005

Brisbane Writers Festival:                           Recordings of 2020 BWF events with writers such as Evie Wyld, David Mitchell and more via the site and BWF youtube channel. Donations welcomed to pay the artists. See https://bwf.org.au/online-events

Creative Wollongong:                                   Hub for Regional Arts Grants, news, film competitions, and Circus Monoxide E-Lab Cabaret. More details see: https://www.facebook.com/CreativeWollongong/?fref=mentions&__tn__=K-R

Free Film Downloads (NSW, Victoria and ACT):            See your local library for access to Kanopy and/or Beamfilm, the free on-demand streaming services providing access to more than 30,000 classic Australian, independent and world movies for library card-holders.

Girls On Key YouTube Channel:               See the channel for archived videos (7 months and previous) of female poets and gender-diverse poets from Australia and worldwide. https://www.youtube.com/c/GirlsonKeyPoetry/videos

Indigenous Literacy Day:                           The Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s work continues year-round. See the site for ways to support including volunteering or making a one-off or regular donation. If you missed it on the day, the virtual ILF Celebration is available on youtube: https://www.copyright.com.au/2020/09/anita-heiss-indigenous-literacy/

Instituto Cervantes:                                      2 Quixotes Podcast Series. Sydney’s Instituto Cervantes presents five podcasts (archived) examining all aspects of Cervantes’ famous work Don Quixote, past and present; includes Cervantes and Shakespeare and Planet Quixote: Fans and Detractors. Available to play via https://soundcloud.com/twoquixotes; iTunes, Android or see https://sidney.cervantes.es/en/special_activity.htm for other archived events.

James Laidler LitPoetry Australia:                        See the site for posts, interviews and links to videos of poems set to music including Adrienne Rich’s Diving Into The Wreck: https://www.facebook.com/jameslaidler3280/?fref=mentions&__tn__=KH-R). Also see recently uploaded video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3LcxgIdQeQ) of “Litpoetry’s first partnership with a practising poet: Michelle Seminara. Michelle sent me some of her fantastic poetry from her soon to be published collection, Surburban fantasy (coming out in June by UWAP Press), and I chose one of these to interpret into video form” (James Laidler).

Libby Hathorn Poetry Workshops:            Free online workshop includes Perfect Poetry: Marvels of Metaphor: http://libbyhathorn.com/libby-hathorn-news/perfect-poetry-marvels-metaphor-session-2/ Also see Poetry & You: Get Started!.

Literary Hub:                                                On-line journal with a weekly and daily e-newsletter offers articles on-site or linked. Recent topics include Why Do Some Writers Burn Their Work? More details, see: https://lithub.com/category/features/

Meanjin Journal:                                           See podcasts from the 80-year old journal; features and essays, and sign up for the daily Reading Email Newsletter. More details, see: https://meanjin.com.au/blog/ and https://meanjin.com.au/podcast/

Munster Literature Centre:                         Irish website hosts short story and chapbook competitions (available to international writers but with pricey entry fees), blogs and more. See: http://www.munsterlit.ie/SOF%20Page.html and http://www.munsterlit.ie/blog.html

Newcastle Writers Festival 2020:                Multiple YouTube videos, including Millennial Panic Poems – Readings with Claire Albrecht, Hera Lindsay Bird and Bastian Fox Phelan (57 mins.) See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we0ocIv1ra4

NFSA Is OnLine:                                         National Film & Sound Archive. Offers silent shorts, and vintage and more recent newsreels from Canberra’s NFSA, including ‘Brisbane Time Capsule’, ‘Australian Tennis Greats’ and more. See https://www.nfsa.gov.au/

Not Very Quiet:                                             Audio recordings of featured poets reading their poems to celebrate the launch of the most recent NVQ issue and archived readings. See https://not-very-quiet.com/issue-7-virtual-mic/https://not-very-quiet.com/issue-8-march-2021/

Penguin Books:                                             See the Australian site for The Huddle, an online book club which offers the chance for readers to chat with authors; free to join via https://www.penguin.com.au/book-clubs/2604-the-huddle. See the UK site for collated short articles by writers, agents and publishers.

Pitt Street Poetry:                                         The LEGERE Online Poetry Festival. Weekly-scheduled online event with friends of the PSP press Melinda Smith, Simeon Kronenberg, Geoff Page and more, reading their own poems and poems they love. See:youtube.com/channel/UCYtSvjO3cM8XvelGYDR7ONQ

Poetic City Canberra:                                  See the site (https://www.poeticcitycbr.com/) for recordings of events at the 2021 Poetic City Festival, including: Poet Hazel Hall’s ‘urban nature’ haiga workshop in Glebe Park on 17 April, where participants used their phones to create image and haiku combinations, inspired by the Japanese tradition of haiga (brush painting with calligraphy); see https://www.poeticcitycbr.com/urban-nature-haiku). “Seven poets were commissioned by hosts Aaron Kirby and Zoe Anderson to write poems reflecting a positive vision of the future for the Poetic City Good Future Slam, held on 20 March 2021. See ‘Good Future’ at https://www.poeticcitycbr.com/callouts-and-submissions, a compilation of these poems. (Other highlights include) the Not Very Quiet Drop-in Poetry Writing Session. On 20 March, the editors of Not Very Quiet women’s online poetry journal, Sandra Renew and Moya Pacey, hosted a drop-in poetry writing session at Gang Gang cafe, providing prompts and guidance. These are the poems that resulted.”

Poetry On The Move Podcast:                     Podcast on contemporary poetics from the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI). POTM is an initiative of the University of Canberra’s Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, Faculty of Arts and Design. See https://www.poetryonthemove.net/

Poets.Org:                                                      The site for the Academy of American Poets with poets reading their poems, features and more. See https://poets.org/;

Poets Reading The News:                             California-based collective re-verses news and pop culture; and offers a newsletter with articles and poems. For links and more details, see: https://www.facebook.com/PoetsReadingTheNews/

Queensland Poetry Festival:                        The Panacea Poets Readings. A twice-weekly offering of short readings from renowned poets and authors including Kirli Saunders and Eileen Myles.See: https://queenslandpoetryfestival.com/panacea-poets/

Red Room Poetry:                                         See the site for resources and videos on all aspect of poetry for young writers, their teachers and everyone else (!); for animated clips and free workshops via https://redroomcompany.org/projects/poetry-object-clickview-resources/; and replays of launches (including In Your Hands, an e-anthology of authors whose launches were Covid-affected). https://redroomcompany.org/projects/in-your-hands/

Rochford Street Review:                              Reading The River (Virtual) Poetry Readings. See the journal’s site for recorded readings to celebrate the second River poetry reading, and more: https://rochfordstreetreview.com/2020/04/18/the-virtual-launch-of-the-second-reading-the-river-reading/

Screen Illawarra:                                          Hub for drama production and other opportunities. https://www.facebook.com/screenillawarra2020/

Stuart Rees:                                                   See the latest article on ‘the links between poetry and research’ (http://www.transformingsociety.co.uk/2020/09/21/poets-contribute-to-research-and-could-change-the-world/) from Stuart Rees, the human rights activist, poet, novelist, author of books on social justice, Recipient of the Jerusalem Peace Prize, and Founder Director of the Sydney Peace Foundation. Also see https://johnmenadue.com/stuart-rees-poets-can-change-the-world/

Sue Woolfe:                                                   Video series ‘What Cutting Edge Neuroscience Knows’ explores Neuroscience and Creativity. For links, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K7yQ-kXS8c;

WestWords Poets’ Corner:                          “The latest Poets’ Corner YouTube podcast features Damen O’Brien talking about and reading poems on the theme of ‘the end of things’.  See https://youtu.be/4DHmJhj8uyI. To view previous Poets’ Corner podcasts please go to the WestWords Official Poets’ Corner page at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb8bHCZBRMBjlWlPDeaSanZ3qAZcuVW7N

WriteOutLoud:                                             Poetry-focused British-based site with news, blogs and discussions; an extensive poetry publishing directory; and more. See https://www.writeoutloud.net/news/

Writers Victoria:                                           See the site for news, events, competitions and informative blogs, articles and interviews on self-publishing pitfalls, writers in film, the freelance life, and more at https://writersvictoria.org.au/writing-life

WritersWrite.com (USA):                            Offers extensive links to sites (mostly US-based) for submissions and no-fee contests; literary, music and film news; ‘Types of Rhyme’; ‘Poems For Kids’; collections of famous poems. https://www.writerswrite.com/poetry/

The Writes4Women Podcasts:                     Celebrating women’s voices in literature, media and publishing with interviews, launches and podcasts. Free; listen via site or subscribe. See https://www.writes4women.com/




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