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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Geelong Anthology Launch FRIDAY

Reminder Anthology Launch 

Geelong Writers


'Moments In Time' 

An anthology of Memoirs

Please join us in celebrating the launch
 Geelong Writers latest anthology. 
Where: Belmont Library 

When: Friday 27th March

Time: 6:30 - 8pm

Copies  for sale at the launch - $20 

Writing About His Impending Death Has Given Clive James's Poetry New Life

Clive James’s new book of essays, Poetry Notebook: Reflections on the Intensity of Language, makes plain at the outset a desire to “keep things terse and particular.” Many of these pieces are short essays that address a general reader and conduct close readings of particular poems, even particular lines; many were commissioned by Christian Wiman, the former editor of Poetry magazine (to whom James dedicated a recent collection of poems). “I was getting old,” James observes in the introduction, “and the concentration necessary for writing a long piece seemed better reserved for writing poems, when they came.”

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Has your inclination to revise diminished or increased over the years?

Very interesting interview with Donald Hall about Revision ... Take a few minutes to read - and agree or disagree. 

I like to think of revision, not as tinkering with words but as re-vision - seeing it all again. Sometimes the whole damn thing needs a different point of view or a further resetting (like a diamond in a ring).

Go to the Hall interview

Pay with a poem: cafes around the world to exchange coffee for poetry

To mark World Poetry Day, more than a thousand coffee establishments around the world will use poetry as their currency this Saturday
man reading in cafe
Poetry ... A man reads a book in a cafe. Photograph: Getty Images

What is a poem worth? As authors around the world despair of making a living, a company based in Vienna has finally come up with a definitive answer: one cup of coffee.

Julius Meinl, a coffee-roasting company founded in 1862, is marking Unesco’s World Poetry Day with a promotion in 1,100 cafes, bars and restaurants across 23 countries mostly in continental Europe but including the UK, the US and Australia, offering a dose of caffeine to any customer who hands over one of their own poems.
video Pay with a Poem
It’s not clear if cashiers will be exercising their critical judgment (“This comparison between your girlfriend and a red, red rose is a little overfamiliar – I’ll have to insist on a rewrite”), whether they’ll be focusing on quality or quantity (“This haiku is very nicely turned, but I don’t think it’ll stretch to a skinny frappucino extra-grande with the extra slice of melon”), or what kind of rights your barista will acquire over your work. But if you feel moved to liquidate your lines, you can find participating outlets on the campaign’s Facebook page – let us know how you get on either here or with the hashtag #PayWithAPoem on Twitter.

Friday, March 20, 2015

New Alzheimer’s treatment

New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function
Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memories back.
Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques - structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.
If a person has Alzheimer’s disease, it’s usually the result of a build-up of two types of lesions - amyloid plaques, and neurofibrillary tangles. Amyloid plaques sit between the neurons and end up as dense clusters of beta-amyloid molecules, a sticky type of protein that clumps together and forms plaques. 

Rest easy, Malcolm Fraser

The Australian politician Malcolm Fraser, who has died aged 84, transformed himself from the patrician Liberal behind the historic dismissal of the Labor government in 1975 to a vocal proponent for progressive causes often at odds with his own party.
Read on HERE

Thursday, March 19, 2015

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Dear friends,

more than five hundred people visited the Brett Whiteley Studio to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday 22nd February.  The next day we welcomed in 16 years of poetry at the Studio with Hani Aden and Saba Vasefi.  Saba’s daughter Minerva, who is a cellist for the Sydney Youth Orchestra also performed.

This month we launch two collections from interstate poets M.T.C. Cronin and Maria Zajkowski.  

Sunday 22 March 2015 |         M.T.C. Cronin and Maria Zajkowski
MTC Cronin has published twenty books (poetry, prose poems and essays), several of which have appeared in translation including her 2001 book, Talking to Neruda’s Questions, which has been translated into Spanish, Italian and Swedish. Her work has won and been shortlisted for many major literary awards, internationally and in Australia. Cronin has studied arts, law, literature and creative writing and after working for the decade of the nineties in law, began teaching writing in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. She currently lives, with her partner and three daughters, on a biodynamic farm in Conondale in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland of Queensland. Recent poetry collections include The World Last Night (UQP, 2012) and in possession of loss (Shearsman Books, UK, 2014). Her 2001 book, Bestseller (Vagabond, 2001), is forthcoming in French translation (Editions de l'Amandier, Paris) in 2017. Her latest collection has been a twenty-year work in progress, The Law of Poetry published by Puncher and Wattmann, will be launched.

Maria Zajkowski is based in Melbourne, but originally from New Zealand. In 2001 she was funded by Arts Victoria and in 2003 by the Australian Council of the Arts to write a manuscript, 'From an island', based on her experiences as the child of a refugee, which in 2007 was shortlisted for the Alec Bolton Award. She has participated in the National Young Writers Festival, the Emerging Writers Festival and the Alphabet City Festival (Toronto).  Shortlisted for the 2008 Newcastle Poetry Prize and the 2009 Bridport Prize (UK), Maria won both the 2011 and 2012 Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize with suites of poems from 'The Ascendant'.  More recently she has collaborated with local and international composers. Poems from 'The Ascendant', recomposed for voice by Wally Gunn (Princeton), have been performed widely in the USA by the Grammy Award winning group Roomful of Teeth and will feature prominently on their upcoming album.  She is currently working with Australian composer Biddy Connor on a selection of pieces for voice, musical saw and string quartet, based on the history of the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne. The Ascendant published by Puncher and Wattmann will be launched.

WHO: MTC Cronin and Maria Zajkowski
WHAT:  Sydney Poetry @ 2
WHEN: 2-3:30PM | Sunday 22 March 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

No particular reason ...

pete spence and me at a recent Chamber Poets reading
in Woodend, Victoria

If you're in Melbourne tonight around 6pm ...

@ Collected Works Bookshop

Poems from his Indian experiences,
published by Transit Lounge
to be launched by LUKE BEESLEY
6PM to 8PM 
at Collected Works Bookshop
Nicholas Building, level 1,
37 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Now open: The Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize

The 2015 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize

Entries are now open.

This annual $2500 prize has been generously endowed by Emeritus Professor Bruce Dawe AO.

As one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary poets, Bruce Dawe believed that universities should support the study of Literature and the promotion of the Arts.

Closing Date: Friday 29 May 2015

For further information, see