Friday, 13 June 2008

Readings and events coming up

Endless Summer Literary Lunch
14 June 2008

With Emma Hardman, DC Green and Meg Bishop.

When: 12noon, 14 June 2008
Where: St Georges Basin Country Club, Paradise Beach Road, Sanctuary Point
Cost: $45
Bookings: Margaret 02 4443 4207 or Vala 0422 678 940

Rocket Readings - featuring Jane Gibian and Christine Paice
17 June 2008

When: 6.30pm, Tuesday 17 June 2008
Where: Music Farmers cafe, 5 Crown Lane, Wollongong (laneway opposite the western entrance of Crown Street Mall)
Bookings and information: SCWC 02 4228 0151 or
Cost: Free event your donation gratefully accepted.

Writing about Art with Wollongong City Gallery Director Craig Judd
12 July 2008

An introduction to some of the pleasures and pitfalls of writing about art with Wollongong City Gallery Director Craig Judd.

When: 12.30-1.30pm Saturday 12 July 2008
Where: Wollongong City Gallery, corner of Kembla and Burelli Streets, Wollongong
Information and bookings: Vivian Vidulich, Wollongong City Gallery, 02 4228 7500.
Free event. All welcome.

State of Play - Australian Poetry Now! 6th Australian Poetry Festival
5-7 September 2008

Opening Night Party and Performance; Poets from around Australia and overseas; Panels on the State of Play in Contemporary Oz Poetry; Performance Night; The Judith Wright Lecture (to be delivered by Bruce Dawe); The $3000 Poets Union Poetry Prize (entry form on site); The Scanlon Prize for Indigenous Verse; Launch of the Poets Union Anthology; Pre-Festival Events (Monster Open Reading; Reading Seminar); All to be recorded in a special double edition of Five Bells which will be a significant contribution to thinking about the craft of contemporary Australian poetry. Full Program, Ticket Prices, Early Bird Booking Coming Soon. If you have scheduled a event around this time, or you would like to do so, and you'd like it advertised in the program as an Umbrella Event, please contact Brook at the address below. All inquiries, offers to help, requests, etc appreciated. Supported by the Australia Council, Arts NSW, City of Sydney, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, University of NSW.
Enquiries Brook Emery:

When: 5,6 & 7 September 2008
Where: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

Poet's Picnic at Bundanon
14 September 2008

With Sam Wagan Watson and SCWC member Jennifer Dickerson.

When: 12noon-4pm, 14 September 2008
Where: Bundanon Bomestead Lawn, Bundanon, near Nowra NSW
Cost: $10/$7
More information:

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

The Loft Reading which is actually in the UTS Studio this time:

Reading/performing are:
  • Antigone Kefala
  • Jennifer Maiden
  • Amanda Stewart
Music from
  • David Finch

Thursday the 12th of June

UTS Studio (Note: NOT The Loft), 6.30 (for 7) pm

Dear friends, poets and lovers of The Word— Come and join us for an evening of poetic pleasures with three of Australia’s most diverse and accomplished poetic voices. On Thursday the 12th of June, Antigone Kefala, Jennifer Maiden and Amanda Stewart will be performing at the UTS studio. Their work spans a huge aesthetic spectrum, from variations on traditional prose forms to abstracted experimental poetics, and this promises to be reading not to be missed.

Doors open at 6.30 – come down and join us for a drink before the show. Readings will begin shortly after 7.

The UTS Studio/Performance Space, Building 3 (Bon Marché), Room 105

(Corner of Harris Street and Broadway Road, Broadway. Entry on Harris St)

Entry: $5/$3 for Students and working/unworking poor

For More Information... Berndt Sellheim: 0420 243 751 /

The Loft Readings could not continue without the support of the Writing and Cultural Studies Area at the University of Technology, and generous funding from The Literature Board of The Australia Council for the Arts.

Antigone Kefala was born in Romania of Greek parents. She moved with her parents to Greece while still a child, and in 1960 came, via New Zealand, to live in Australia. She writes in both Greek and English, and these diverse influences contribute to a poetry that is haunting and intense. She has published a number of poetry collections, including The Alien, Thirsty Weather, European Notebook and Absence: New and Selected Poems. Her most recent publication is a prose work entitled Sydney Journals: Reflections 1970 – 2000, with Giramondo Press.

Jennifer Maiden was born in Penrith, New South Wales. Thirteen of her poetry collections (one including short stories) and two of her novels have been published. Her most recent collection, Friendly Fire (Giramondo, 2005) won the Age Book of the Year Award, and she has received a swag of other prizes for her work, including, on two occasions, the N.S.W Premier’s Award for Poetry, The Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry and the Christopher Brennan Award for a lifetime of achievement in poetry.

Amanda Stewart is a Sydney based poet and sound artist. Since the 1970s she has been producing a variety of poetic texts, performances, radio, film and multi-media works in Australia, Japan, the US and Europe. In 1989 she co-founded the performance ensemble Machine for Making Sense, she co-wrote and directed the 1990 film Eclipse of the Man-Made Sun. Her collected works book and CD entitled I/T won the 1999 Anne Elder Award for poetry.