Saturday 11th May, Samantha Melia + Katie Taher!

This Saturday 11th May we have two wonderful poets Samantha Melia + Katie Taher and open-mike at Perth Poetry Club.

Samantha Melia, originally from Dublin, Ireland studied psychology and sociology after graduation. She went traveling and settled in the Bronx, NYC for ten years. After working in many fields including teaching, mentoring youth at risk, hospitality management and political lobbying in Washington she re-located to Perth, Western Australia, where she currently lives with her Irish husband and two daughters Realtin age 7 and Regan age 3.

Samantha has always had a deep passion and love for the written word especially poetry. Although she has always written poetry, she has recently completed her first collection of poetry Love and Loss which will be available soon. She writes about her travels, childhood experiences, birth, death, and her personal journey of self discovery, experiences that shape our consciousness and sub-conscious mind. She writes to understand and to make those who feel the same as her, feel less alone and connected to the collective human experience. She also produces her poetry with images on canvas, a powerful way to showcase the impact and relationship of language and images.

Katie Taher is an Iranian-Canadian poet all the way from Vancouver, Canada. She studies anthropology but more than uni, she loves swimming in the ocean, making zines, and eating mangoes. Katie published her first chapbook last fall, titled "From Me to You: A Collection of Ripened Figs", and currently she's experimenting with zine-poems.

Her most recent work captures her fascination with seeing ordinary occurrences as extraordinary miracles. This is her first feature.

An international line-up, with our usual open mike as well. Join us this Saturday afternoon 2pm - 4pm at the Moon Café, 323 William Street Northbridge to celebrate poetry with Samantha Melia + Katie Taher + open-mike at Perth Poetry Club.

The next few weeks we have the following features…

 11-May-19  Samantha Melia + Katie Taher + open-mike

 18-May-19  John McDonough + Lex Tyson + Caroline Reid (SA) + Brad Wallis + open-mike

 25-May-19  Michael James + Kimberley Zeneth (TBC) + open-mike …

All with open-mike, not to be missed …


Other News:

Lorikeet Centre Poetry Competition is an extremely important event in the wonderful work carried out by the Mental Illness Fellowship of WA {Inc} through the Lorikeet Centre. Experiencing grief is an isolating, emotional and traumatic event, but with support and understanding, it is also an opportunity to heal, regrow, and progress one’s life through this difficult time. The 2019 theme for the Open Your Mind poetry competition is “What change means to you.” All poems received will be published in Lorikeets Open Your Mind poetry book. • The poems are to be no longer than 18 lines and have a title.

  • Open to anyone with a mental illness or carer of someone with a mental illness living in WA.
  • Only two poems for each entrant and they must be the entrants original work.
  • Only the first name of the poet will be published.
  • Poems to arrive at the Lorikeet Centre by 5pm Tuesday 11th May. Poems can be mailed to: Poetry Competition, Lorikeet Centre PO Box 1006 West Leederville WA 6007, or emailed to Fax 93819495

LAUNCH of STORYFIRE The Magic of the Short    FAWWA invite you to an evening of presentation and nibbles to celebrate the publication of the Stuart Hadow Prize Winning Stories: 2005-2018 in Storyfire – the Magic of the Short.

Storyfire is a beautifully designed and produced volume of the winners and place-getters of the national short story competition, the Stuart Hadow Prize. Storyfire is a cornupcopiea of subjects and styles that bring surprises - and much to recognise - the funny, the moving, the shocking and the unexpected. It gathers the best from writers all over the country, from the cities, towns and plains of the Australian experience. Please join FAWWA.

Time & Location ‎Thurs 16‎ ‎May‎ ‎6‎:‎00‎ ‎PM – ‎08‎:‎00‎ ‎PM State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Perth WA