Tuesday, September 20, 2011

An afternoon of poetry on Sunday 25th September

If you haven't ever been to the Guildford readings here is an invitation from Ross Donlon for this coming Sunday, 3-5pm. There is an open section for you to read and compete for the Castlemaine Cup.

Catherine Bateson and Geoff Page : Together at Last. At the Guildford Poetry Reading

Geoff Page (ACT) and Catherine Bateson, two of the most luminous stars on the Australian poetry scene feature at the September 25 reading at the Guildford Hotel. 3pm - 5pm.

Together at last etc. and both in the amazing old goldfields atmosphere of the Guildford Hotel - on the Daylesford / Ballarat Road from Castlemaine - five rhyming couplets from Castlemaine - 15 minutes for humankind.

Along with the vibrant Open Section in keen competition for the coveted Castlemaine Cup - 3 mins absolute max miketime - raffles - book vouchers.

Still only gold coin donation.

Geoff Page is a Canberra-based poet who has published eighteen collections of poetry as well as two novels, four verse novels and several other works including anthologies, translations and a biography of the jazz musician, Bernie McGann. He has also read his work and talked on Australian poetry throughout Europe as well as in India, Singapore, China, Korea, the United States and New Zealand.

Among his more recent works are: Agnostic Skies (Five Islands Press 2006); Lawrie & Shirley:The Final Cadenza (Pandanus Books 2007); 60 Classic Australian Poems (UNSW Press 2009); Coda for Shirley (Interactive Press 2011 forthcoming); A Sudden Sentence in the Air: Jazz Poems (Extempore 2011 forthcoming) as well as the CD Coffee with Miles (River Road Press 2009)

Catherine Bateson's latest collection of poetry, Marriage for Beginners, was published by John Leonard Press in 2008. It is her third collection of poetry. She is an award-winning writer for children and young adults, having twice won the CBCA Children's Book of the Year Award, Younger Readers and also had Honour Books for Younger Readers and Young Adults. She has published three verse novels for young adults and is currently working on a libretto retelling the Rapunzel fairy story. Collaborating with her on this project is composer and picture book writer and illustrator, Matt Ottley. Most recently, her poetry sequence, 'Learning the Tango', was published in The Wicked Wood, Tales from the Tower, Volume Two, edited by Isobelle Carmody and Nan McNab. She is currently finishing a new novel for younger readers.

Get there early for this one, folks. The Wow Factor is high.

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