This Saturday 29th February we have the wonderful poets Allan Boyd, Allan Padgett, Ann Gilchrist, Coral Carter, Jackson, Scott-Patrick Mitchell (SPM) to celebrate Letters to the Earth.
Saturday on 29th Feb only happens every 28years, an auspicious date, and Perth Poetry Club this year will mark that with a special event.
There is a publication called ‘Letters to the Earth’ [ https://www.letterstotheearth.com/ ] which was published to highlight creative responses to climate change. It’s a wonderful book, and Vivienne Glance is the spark for a similar initiative in Perth.
Perth Poetry Club will host a Letters to the Earth gig this Saturday 2pm-4pm. Feature readers Allan Boyd, Allan Padgett, Ann Gilchrist, Coral Carter, Jackson, Scott-Patrick Mitchell will read their poems written for the occasion plus poems from the Letters to Earth anthology composed by wonderful poets/writers like Kate Tempest, Mary Oliver, Steve Wright.
Open mikers are encouraged to read their own poems on the subject, and there have been many of these read over the months at the Club, so let’s make a feature of it. There will be regular open-mike as well.
Vivienne Glance says “I’d like to promote the creative responses to climate change and the recent bushfires, as I believe the arts have a great deal to offer when helping us with overwhelming issues such as these.” The ultimate aim is to produce a chapbook with the ultimate aim that these chapbook poems would be read at Voicebox later in the year. What is your perception of climate change, the recent ongoing bushfires, and your response? Is the Earth in crisis? Is humanity in crisis? Do we owe the Earth an apology – out of love, loss, emergence/emergency, hope, action, the politics? The crisis might also be a personal internal one, and can the Earth help heal our lives? Is there room for any optimism?
Please join us to celebrate poetry this Saturday afternoon 2pm - 4pm at the Moon Café, 323 William Street Northbridge with feature readers Allan Boyd, Allan Padgett, Ann Gilchrist, Coral Carter, Jackson, Scott-Patrick Mitchell + open-mike.
The next few weeks, we have the following features + usual open mike:
29-Feb-20 Letters to the Earth (Writing to a Planet in Crisis) with Allan Boyd, Allan Padgett, Ann Gilchrist, Coral Carter, Jackson, Scott-Patrick Mitchell + open-mike
7-Mar-20 Woman Scream, in celebration of International Woman’s Day WAPI event
with Georgia Hooper-MC, Emily Sun, Raihanaty A Jalil, Biddle, Virginia O’Keefe, Ella Wylynko, JP
No open-mike that day – just celebrate great poets and their poetry.
14-Mar-20 Mike Greenacre + open-mike
21-Mar-20 Mega Open-mike where everyone is a feature, 5-minutes maximum …
All with open-mike, not to be missed …