This Saturday 24th August we have the wonderful poet Jackson, launch of her latest book The emptied bridge, plus Chinese Poetry readings: Glen Phillips, Prof Yu Jinhong, Tara Zhang + Kathleen Xiang and open-mike at Perth Poetry Club.
Jackson was born in Cumbria, England. She has written poetry since childhood. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, notably the Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry. In 2009 she instigated Perth Poetry Club.
Jackson has published four books: most recently The emptied bridge — which she is officially launching at this event — and A coat of ashes, which we launched earlier this year. The emptied bridge is published by Mulla Mulla Press. A coat of ashes, published by Recent Work Press, is based on Jackson’s PhD, completed in 2018 at Edith Cowan University.
Jackson has two adult children. She has worked as a computer programmer, a charity telemarketer, a voluntary breastfeeding counsellor, and an unprofitably self-employed editor and writing teacher. She now works as an English-language teacher. She taught in China from September 2018 to July 2019. Jackson will read in both halves.
In the first half we also have a 10minute feature of Chinese Poetry readings with Glen Phillips, Prof Yu Jinhong, Tara Zhang + Kathleen Xiang. Three poems will be read, each in Chinese then English.
Professor Yu Jinhong, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) teaches linguistics and translation, is a member of the university’s Australian Studies Centre and is interested in Australian poetry and fiction, especially the work of Randolph Stow. Her present project is a study of local poet Glen Phillips, who has published well over 200 poems about China since 1985, most of which were published last year in translations by many Chinese scholars. She is exploring this preoccupation which is probably unique among Australian poets.
Tara Zhang is a second year MA student at USST. She is interested in eco-linguistics as applied to the work of Australian writers. She is also studying visual poetry where the shape of the poem contributes to re-inforcing the poem’s themes (sometimes referred to as ‘concrete poetry’).
Kathleen Xiang is a second year MA student at USST in Shanghai. Her interests are eco-linguistics and she is a member of the Australian Studies Centre at her university. She has particular interest in Australian landscapes and literature.
Please join us this Saturday afternoon 2pm - 4pm at the Moon Café, 323 William Street Northbridge to celebrate with Jackson + her new book, The emptied bridge + Chinese Poetry readings: Glen Phillips, Prof Yu Jinhong, Tara Zhang and Kathleen Xiang + usual open-mike at Perth Poetry Club.
The next few weeks we have the following features + open-mike…
24-Aug-19 Jackson + her new book The emptied bridge (Mulla Mulla Press) + Chinese Poetry readings: Glen Phillips, Prof Yu Jinhong, Tara Zhang, Kathleen Xiang + open-mike
31-Aug-19 Larraine Duncan + Jane Davis + Kaya Lattimore + open-mike
7-Sep-19 The Sky Falls Down poets – Carol Millner, Julie Watts + Lucy Dougan + Emily Sun + others + open-mike
14-Sep-19 Mike Williams + open-mike
21-Sep-19 Mega Open-mike, where everyone is a feature (5-minutes max)
28-Sep-19 “In this body are gardens…” women’s writing circle, introduced by Jaya Penelope + open-mike …
All with open-mike, not to be missed …