Whats On

  • Saturday 29th of November, Allan Boyd and Kevin Gillam!

    Allan Boyd (aka the antipoet) has been performing at, and organising poetry and arts events since 1995. He's been a featured guest at various festivals across Australia.  With Kevin Gillam, he formed Perth indie band MiteyKo in 1996.  Allan currently teaches Experimental Writing and Performance Poetry at Curtin University and is ABC 720 Drive's resident poet.  You can hear him on air every Friday at 520pm.  If he feels like it!  In his spare time, he builds the internet.Kevin Gillam is a West Australian born poet and 'cellist. He has had three books of poetry published by Sunline and Fremantle Press, and also three chapbooks published by Picaro Press. He has collaborated with Allan Boyd both as poet and ‘cellist on numerous occasions. Recent poetic joint efforts have been published in 'Unusual Work'.This is fine, but they will be performing together and their talents combined are much greater than a simple sum of one plus one.  See how much greater that sum is by being at Perth Poetry Club this Saturday, 2pm-4pm at the Moon Café, 323 William Street Northbridge.  Read more...
  • Saturday 22nd of November, Barbara Gurney, Sioban Timmer and Sunny Blundell-Wignall!

    Barbara Gurney started writing when she joined Gosnells Writers Circle in 2008 and KSP's Writefree Women's Group in 2009.  Competition success includes two first prizes in 2012 for her short stories Wide Brown Land and Purple. Her poem, Old Enough for War, received Highly Commended in 2014.Ginninderra Press published her poetry book, Footprints of a Stranger, in 2012 and has accepted a second collection for publication in 2015.  Barbara's novel Road to Hanging Rock was released in November 2013; described as an Australian mystery and a sequel to Picnic at Hanging Rock.Byford-based poet Sioban Timmer launched her debut poetry book, Toughen Up, Princess at the Gosnells Knowledge Centre beginning of November this year.  Sioban produces stories and poetry for adults and children on a wide range of themes and currently offers monthly literacy sessions for children called ‘Bonding With Books’ and writing workshops for children.  Sioban is the publicity officer for the Gosnells Writers’ Circle and co-ordinates the Children’s Corner Competition in Showcase Magazine.Sunny Blundell-Wignall began writing in his 20's after discovering the Smash Mouth and then New Word Order poetry clubs.  After focusing on music he has recently returned to writing via post-graduate studies at Curtin Uni.  He credits the reeds and seeds of the Beeliar wetlands for inspiration and loves the diversity and openness of Perth's poetry scene. Read more...
  • Saturday 15th of November, Tim Parkin and Daniel Oxenburgh!

    Tim Parkin is a hairy and cuddly mammal from Carlisle in Perth. He started writing poetry in his teens but then stopped and wrote only song lyrics for 20 years. During this time he completed an honours degree in Linguistics, several stays in psychiatric hospitals, and played about sixty gigs around Perth with his band Berbermerkin. He has also recently completed a diploma in divinity at Vose Seminary but is not very divine.At the start of 2014 Tim started writing poetry again and has not stopped since, and has regularly attended Perth Poetry Club. He works as a research assistant at Curtin University and has been published in Creatrix, Uneven Floor, Writ Poetry Review, The Bitchin’ Kitsch and Naked Press Tank.Daniel Oxenburgh AKA Snoop Bilby has invented a kind of 'wearable universe' that simplifies day-to-day living by channeling pro-positive sub-atomic particles that  manifest absolutely anything imaginable 'on time every time' via a 3D lazer printer mounted just under the rim of his straw hat.  While waiting for something incredible to happen, Snoop Bilby spends his time buying lotto tickets, kicking lawnmowers and talking to magpies about the latest trends in black and white fashions. He comes from the desert but is diggin' it in the city.  Read more...
  • Saturday 8th of November, see feature poet Alan Hancock!

    Alan Hancock has a habit of writing things down then reading them out in public to a room full of complete strangers.  He puts it all down to his childhood. When he was ten he was chosen to be the narrator in his school Christmas nativity play and he’s never been quite the same since.In recent years he’s moved on to making Youtube videos and CDs. He’s also had his work produced by the BBC and ABC.  So what is he doing coming this Saturday 2pm-4pm at the Moon Café 323 William Street, Northbridge?  You’ll have to be there to find out. Read more...
  • Lineup for November and December at PPC!

          Sat8-Nov-14 Alan Hancock      Fri14-Nov-14 Anzacs go to War & other conflicts    Maylands Library 2pm to 3pm    Elio Novello & Larraine Duncan      Sat15-Nov-14 Tim Parkin    Daniel Oxenburgh      Sat22-Nov-14 Sunny Blundell-Wignall    Sioban Timmer    Barbara Gurney      Sat29-Nov-14 Kevin Gillam     Allan Boyd       Sat6-Dec-14 Sandra Thibodeaux      Sat13-Dec-14 Nick Eustance     Claire Potter (double feature)    Last gig of the year      Sat13-Dec-14 Pizza in the Park          from 430pm'after gig' Picnic in Hyde Park,     cross the landbridge between the two lakes,   picnic on the Vincent Street side      Read more...
  • Sunday 16th & 23rd November, poetry writing and editing workshops!

    Sunday afternoon poetry writing & editing workshops, 16 & 23 NovemberPoetry Writing, 2-5pm 16 November. Poetry Editing, 2-5pm 23 November.With much-published poet and editor Jackson.At The Fellowship of Australian Writers WA, Mattie Furphy House, Clare Copse, Swanbourne, WA.Each workshop is $30 for Fellowship members, $45 for non-members. Come to one or both.Bookings: email fellowshipaustralianwriterswa@gmail.com or phone 9384 4771Poetry writingLeap or tiptoe out of your poetic comfort zone in a supportive group environment. Try some writing experiments — write in new ways. We will look at example poems and discuss how form can create feeling. Fun with words for beginners and old hands. Please bring writing materials, an open mind and a sense of adventure. Poetry editingSome poems just need cosmetic surgery; some need deep healing. Explore how to see what a poem needs, how to cut, how to graft, and how to adjust and massage a poem until its energy flows well. Please bring writing materials and two or three poems.  Read more...
  • Saturday 1st of November, Tineke Van der Eecken!

    Tineke Van der Eecken studied languages and lived in Africa and Europe before a turn in her personal life brought her to Western Australia. Tineke started writing poetry while waiting for a publisher for her second memoir ‘Traverse’.  In the meantime her multilingual poetry won prizes such as the 2011 Karen W Treanor Poetry Award and was published in Australia, NZ and the UK. Tineke performs regularly around the country and in Belgium.We are very pleased to have her perform this Saturday afternoon 2pm-4pm at the Moon Café, 323 William Street Northbridge. Read more...
  • Saturday 25th of October, Randall Stephens!

    Randall Stephens writes poetry about other poetry, cycling, haemophilia, eroticism, sexuality, masculinity, dinosaurs and your boyfriend. People have called Randall controversial. Randall has called people idiots.  Because they’re idiots.He’s been published, broadcast, vilified, ostracized, substance affected and performed throughout Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Borneo. Currently touring with his new book 'One For The Road', Randall will then cycle back to Melbourne across the Nullarbor, to raise awareness of Haemophilia.See him this Saturday 2 – 4pm at The Moon Café, 323 William Street Northbridge.Read more about him:www.randallstephenspoetry.comwww.randallstephens.bandcamp.comwww.youtube.com/brainthatweighsatunwww.facebook.com.randall.stephens.poetrywww.twitter.com/RandyPoethttp://randallstephens.blogspot.com.au/p/blog-page.html Read more...
  • Thurs 23rd & Sunday 26th October - Skywoman's Basket performance at Black Box Theatre, Freo

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  • Saturday 18th of October, Elio Novello and Stephen Cole!

    Elio Novello writes poetry when he has something to write about.  Sometimes it is good and sometimes it is, well, whatever.  He is part of the The Underlords collective that looks after the Perth Poetry Club.His subject matter tends to revolve around religion, mathematics/physics, the environment and this time he will have new old poetry about Mungo Man, Michael Collins (the astronaut), perhaps something metaphysical, and hopefully a newbie to do with Nelson Mandela. Stephen Cole’s poetry has been well received and commended in many competitions.  His first book of poetry was sold-out, and in second print-run.  Stephen would like to have all his love poetry published in one volume.He was born and raised in Perth, and has been writing Poetry for 19 years learning his craft at TAFE where he achieved a Certificate of General Education and various in Creative Writing.  He is a member of the Karrinyup Writer’s Club over that period (20years next year).Stephen has been a stalwart of the Perth Poetry Club.  If he is not here on a Saturday, we wonder where he is.  We are glad that he will be with us this Saturday…Come and see Elio Novello and Stephen Cole this Saturday at The Moon. Read more...
  • Saturday 11th of October, Murray Jennings and Connor Weightman!

    Murray Jennings has worked as a radio broadcaster, journalist, children's writer, Broadcast Trainer, WAAPA lecturer...in Perth, the Kimberley, Sydney, Newcastle, rural NSW, Vienna and Fiji.He's had a full-length play staged, poems and short fiction published in newspapers, journals and anthologies. He has won The Lyndall Hadow Short Story prize and the Tom Collins Poetry Prize.His collection of poems and monologues, 'Flash Company', was shortlisted in the 2007 Premier's Awards and he is currently revising a novel which was shortlisted for the 2013 T.A.G. Hungerford Award.Connor Weightman has lived in Perth most of his life up to this point. His poetry has appeared in Westerly, Foam:e and Voiceworks, and he was shortlisted in the 2013 Judith Wright Poetry Prize.  Connor also freelances on things which are not poetry.  His skills are diverse and his interests are many! All the more reason to experience Murray Jennings and Connor Weightman this Saturday afternoon, 2pm – 4pm at the Moon Café, 323 William Street Northbridge. Read more...
  • Saturday 4th of October, Writ Poetry Review launch!

    This Saturday the WRIT POETRY REVIEW takes over Perth Poetry Club.  Hear four great poets featured at the launch of the e-magazine Writ Poetry Review – Fiona Burrows, Kevin Gillam, Scott-Patrick Mitchell and Vivienne Glance.  Their Bios and Pics below – they are a wonderful mix of poetry and poetic styles.Also we encourage folks to come dressed as their favourite poet.  Furthermore any open-mikers who dress-up are encouraged to read from their favourite poet and have the audience guess who the poet is.Fiona Burrows has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English Literature, and she recently completed her PhD thesis titled “Words of Shape and Shade: Synaesthesia in the Poetry and Poetics of the Early Twentieth Century”. She has taught creative and critical writing at undergraduate level, and is currently working as an Academic Adviser at The University of Western Australia.Kevin Gillam is a West Australian poet with three books of poems published, “other gravities” (2003) and “permitted to fall” (2007) with Sunline Press, and “songs sul G” (2011) in ‘Two Poets’ with Fremantle Press. He works as Director of Music at Christ Church Grammar School.Scott-Patrick Mitchell (SPM) is a WA performance poet known for being confronting yet absurdly humorous.  By combining visuals through fashion and performance, his poetic style transmits fiction and experiences into an unexpected yet infectious creature.  He has two chapbooks out, Songs for an ordinary mass (PressPress), and The Rutting Season (Mulla Mulla Press).  This October to January 2015, SPM is guest editor of The Travelling Poet, an international- publishing platform aimed at creatives aged 12-25. www.scott-patrickmitchell.comVivienne Glance’s poetry collections are The Softness of Water (Sunline Press, 2009), and A Simple Rain, with photography by Perdita Phillips (Lethologica Press, 2012).  Her poems are featured in journals and anthologies, including The Weighing of the Heart (Sunline Press) and Amber Contains the Sun (Quintessence), both supported by WA’s Department of Culture and the Arts, Westerly, Mascara Review, Blue Dog and others.  Her play, The Cat in the Box, was produced at the Blue Room Theatre, Perth in 2012.  She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Western Australia (UWA) and received the Matilda Award for Cultural Excellence in 2011.  She is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at UWA.See you this Saturday 2-4pm with four great poets at The Moon Café, 323 Williams Street, Northbridge. Read more...
  • Saturday 27th of September - Mega Open-Mike Event !

    This Saturday (27th September) is our Mega Open-Mike Event, where everyone is a feature. Perth Poetry Club holds this event every quarter, and it is an opportuniy for every open-miker to have 5 minutes (maximum) of performance time. Best to prepare your perfomance.  You can try something different, experimental.  It is an oportunity to edit or refresh your poems, hone your performance skills. Past events have been memorable for the quality of the poetry and performances.Be surprised this Saturday at The Moon Cafe, 323 William St, Northbridge, 2-4pm. Read more...
  • Perth Poetry Club at Armadale Library - this Thursday 25th Sept 7pm-8pm !

    Join feature poets Jackson, Zan Ross, Danny Gunzburg and Neill J (BRiLO) Pattinson as we re-create Perth Poetry Club at Armadale Libary,inside Armadale Central Shopping Centre, Shop 64, 10 Orchard Avenue, Armadale. SEE above FLYER for details. Read more...
  • Saturday 20th September 2014 - Zainab Syed!

    Zainab Syed is a Pakistani poet who has spent most of her young life living and traveling around the world.  It was at Brown University in the US that she stumbled upon spoken word and since then, has never looked back.  Her poetry is informed by her travels and her passion for politics.  She is currently working on her first full length poetry manuscript.Her Bio is short because she would rather her poetry do the talking, and that's the way we like it.Hear Zainab this Saturday afternoon 2pm-4pm at The Moon Cafe, 323 William Street Northbridge.  Read more...
  • Saturday 13th of September, Christopher Konrad and Helen Hagemann!

    Christopher Konrad is a Western Australian writer. He has co-authored a recent book of poetry with two other WA poets, Sandfire (2012) published by Sunline Press and has poems and short stories published in many journals and on line.  Along with many other awards he received First Prize in the Tom Collins Poetry Award (2009) and for the Todhunter Literary Award (2012) for his short story The Soldier’s Wife. He completed his doctorate in creative writing (2012) at Edith Cowan University.  He currently teaches social sciences in Melbourne. His book Letters to Mark, published by Regime, is due to be released soon.Helen Hagemann has two collections of poetry, Evangelyne & other poems (2009), and "of Arc & Shadow" (2013). She is currently working on a children's collection of poetry titled "Miniscule".That is all the bio that Helen sent us. Obviously her poetry will inform us, so the best way to know Helen is to come this Saturday 2pm-4pm to the Moon Café, 323 William Street, Northbridge.  Read more...
  • Monday 8th of September, An Evening of Poetry

    Subiaco Library and writingWA present a series of literary events An evening of poetry celebrating place and our wetlands Join award winning poets Nandi Chinna and Annamaria Weldon for an evening of poetry inspired by fragile lake systems of the Swan Coastal Plain and the South-West Coast.New publications, Swamp by Nandi Chinna, and The Lake’s Apprentice by Annamaria Weldon, celebrate place, indigenous custodianship and the environmental importance of these unique environments while offering readers visually stunning walking guides.Please reserve your place by contacting Subiaco Library on 9237 9305 or library@subiaco.wa.gov.au Event location:Subiaco LibraryAddress:237 Rokeby Road, SubiacoEvent date:Monday 8 September 2014Event time:6pmPrice:FreeMore info http://www.subiaco.wa.gov.au/Things-to-do-in-Subi/events/2014/September/An-evening-of-poetry Read more...
  • Saturday 6th of September, Helchild aka Helen Child @ PPC!

    Helchild aka Helen Child, is a performance poet, comedian, activist and visual artist with a talent for transformation. She is the founder of Chaos Club alternative comedy/music nights, the co-founder of Perth Poetry Club and has featured as a poet and comedian since MCing the Perth Artists Club in 1995.Helchild has headlined at many festivals, fundraisers and activist rallies, performed on Melbourne CTV, WA CTV and on numerous radio shows. Her work is published in zenes here and there, but her focus is on PERFORMANCE and SATIRE. Helchild has a CD available called "Poetry From Hel". Her Wedsite is helchild/wordpress.com. And you can like her Helchild and Baloney Abbott pages on Facebook. Read more...
  • 4th of September, Ignite The Park Music and Art Festival!

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  • Monday, 15th of September - Christopher Konrad book launch!

    "Letters to Mark"by Christopher KonradTo be launched by Shane McCauley, with music by Ross Bolleter. A book of wilderness, poetry and redemption.6.30pm, Monday, September 15New Edition Bookshop, Fremantle41 High Street cnr Henry StreetPlease join us to summon into reality this remarkable work by WA poet Christopher Konrad.“The Writer writes his Letter to the world. When the World answers it is like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. He cannot control what he has summoned.” Anäis NinPraise for Letters to Mark“Wild and ruthless poetry.” Ross Bolleter“Letters to Mark is an extraordinary piece, and I cannot pretend to follow its many strands of symbolism, philosophy and theology, but I enjoyed the read/ride … like white water rafting without a paddle … there are parts that I could hear being declaimed, read aloud, crying to be performed. Rhetorical, but in a truly charismatic sense … an oceanically rich work …” Shane McCauley“There are so many stars in this constellation of Letters to Mark. It’s hard to pull threads out of the tapestry, but consider the uncanny resonance of ‘Hymn to Failure’, ‘Ethics of Instinct’, ‘Modernist’, ‘Leap of Faith’, ‘Antinomian’, ‘Finding Don Juan Matus’ and the entire section ‘Half a Century’. Each poem in this collection pulses in its constellation, with the eternal coherence of a multiverse. The narrative power reminds me of Charles Olsen’s The Maximus Poems. I look forward to latching on to other novas in this highly original published collection by Christopher Konrad.” John Ryan“This type of text comes along rarely in Australian poetry; it is one that marries considerable poetic skill with serious philosophical thought through the use of innovative and lively structure and language.” Marcella Polain Read more...
  • Saturday 30th of August, Bronwyn Lovell and Chuckie!

    Bronwyn Lovell lives in Melbourne. Her poetry has been published in Award Winning Australian Writing, Australian Poetry Journal, Australian Love Poems, Antipodes, Cordite Poetry Review and the Global Poetry Anthology. Bronwyn has won the Adrien Abbott Poetry Prize and been shortlisted for the Newcastle, Bridport and Montreal prizes. She works for Australian Poetry and is writing her first verse novel. www.bronwynlovell.comChuckie has been writing poems since he was little which in the grand scheme of things isn't very long.In his other life Chuckie is three months away from completing his final year of studying backstage work at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts As well as writing poetry as a form of escapism for himself Chuckie writes poetry in the hope of giving voice to those who would otherwise not speak out. Victims of mental illness, of violence and of bullying are all included in the topics of Chuckie poems He only discovered the Perth Poetry Club three months ago when he googled "perth poetry" hoping to find somewhere to share his work with like-minded people. He found them. Read more...
  • Saturday 23rd of August, Noisy Andrew, Ken Smeaton and Larraine Duncan!

    Noisy Andrew (pictured left) is Noisy. He talks incessantly about rugby, boardgames  and sailing - all of which compete for his poetry time.  That doesn’t make him loud all the time.  His poetry can be quiet. His writing is fun, observant and often reflects life as a man (why do so few men at PPC talk about being a man/penises?).Does that mean his poetry is combative? Maybe, yet Noisy Andrew also plans to play a song. Be pleasantly surprised.  Ken Smeaton (pictured centre) is a Melbourne poet and has been performing and publishing poetry for 40+ years.  Ken  has published White Sheet (The Poetry Lab, 1982), REAL FACE (Abalone Press, 1987), Coooeeee (The Poetry Lab, 1987) and Love Poet Live (Eaglemont Press, 2001).  His stories have appeared in Australian Short Stories and Going Down Swinging.He began in the Street Poetry movement in Melbourne in the early 1970s. He has an extensive background working as a Literature Festival Director for Fringe and various Victorian municipalities over the years. His interest is still in the democracy of the Open read Poetry Venues.At present, he is assembling films of poets made over 30 years into a publishable form on YouTube as short RealPoetryMedia movies (5minutes each).  They are made to celebrate the modern worldwide poetry milieu as represented by poets in Melbourne and throughout Australia. Under his registered name 'The Poetry Lab' he has been producing poetry events, publishing books and broadsheets, presenting radio programs, directing Poetry and Literature Festivals and filmed much of these activities for 35 years. Larraine Duncan (pictured right) has been writing since she was young.  She has always loved words and has written many over the years.  She has had a column in a Community Newspaper; as a drama writer has had two of her scripts staged; and written various short stories.  But she realised that her most happy expression of these words was in poetry.Her first poem was written in 1976.  She has had haiku published in Paper Wasp and poetry published in Creatrix.  Her first poetry book, Dancing with Seasons, was printed in June 2014 and will be launched and celebrated on this Saturday (23rd August, 2014) at Perth Poetry Club. Read more...
  • End of winter Voicebox - Monday 25th August!

    Get into the mood for Spring: End of winter Voicebox with guests Jake Dennis, Bronwyn Lovell and Anna Minska. Poet and singer Jake Dennis (www.poetofjazz.com) would love to have his first collection of poetry published. He won this year’s Right Now: Human Rights Poetry Competition and was Highly Commended in last year’s Eastwood/Hills Fellowship of Australian Writers literary competition. Between 2013-14 his work appeared in Cordite, Eastlit, foam;e, GPORE, in Brief, Little Raven, Lost SpeedPoets, Stars Like Sand, Studio, Uneven Floor, UWA’s Poet’s Corner, Voiceworks and Windmills. He read at WAPI’s Beaufort St Festival event, KSP’s Festival of the Asian-Australian Voice, and on Twin Cities Radio for the Peter Cowan Writers Centre. As a jazz, swing, and blues entertainer, Jake performs with Mint Jazz Band (www.mintjazzband.blogspot.com) at venues such as The Ellington, Forest Chase, Jazz Fremantle, Perth Town Hall, the Naked & Wild Fig Cafes, Subiaco Arts Centre and Wolf Lane as well as for weddings, councils, charities, and corporate and private events. Jake developed his first original song, “Like Blown Smoke,” in a cabaret he will perform at this year’s Down Stairs at His Majesty’s Theatre Cabaret Soiree season. He works fulltime as an Admin Officer for UWA’s New Approaches to Teaching team. Bronwyn Lovell lives in Melbourne. Her poetry has been published in Australian Love Poems, Antipodes, Cordite Poetry Review and the Global Poetry Anthology. Bronwyn has won the Adrien Abbott Poetry Prize and been shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize, the Bridport Prize and the Montreal International Poetry Prize. She works for Writers Victoria and is currently writing her first verse novel. www.bronwynlovell.com Anna Minska is a poet, singer/song-writer, singing teacher and psychotherapist. Her day job is working with people to grow their creativity. Anna writes because words are her insides and her insides seem to stretch into the far corners of the universe. She has only recently started performing her poetry around Perth and is simply delighted to be invited to appear at Voicebox. Plus 10 x 5 min. open mike. Monday 25th August, 2014.Doors open at 7 pm, poetry begins at 7.30. There is a bar and tea, coffee, delicious snacks and cake will be available for purchase. The Fly Trap is a cash only venue.See Voicebox Fremantle on Facebook, or email poets.voicebox@gmail.com . Read more...
  • Saturday Poetry Writing (at The Moon from 13 Sep)

    Saturday Poetry Writing (at The Moon from 13 Sep)Leap or tiptoe out of your poetic comfort zone in a supportive group environment with much-published poet Jackson as your guide.10:15am-12:45pm Saturdays (September 13, 20 & 27) at The Moon Cafe, 323 William Street, Northbridge. Come to one or several. Book online now at proximitypoetry.com/saturday. $25/15 online; $30/20 cash on the day. Enquiries: lostpoetjj@gmail.com 0406 624 578 Read more...
  • Poetry Kitchen is on again!

    Poetry Kitchen is on again!Tactful feedback, writing experiments, yummy snacks.In Fremantle, with experienced poet & editor Jackson.Thursdays 10-12 from 14 August 2014. Only 6 places.Book online now: proximitypoetry.com/kitchen. $20/$10.Enquiries: lostpoetjj@gmail.com, 0406 624 578. Read more...
  • 14th - 17th August 2014 - Perth Poetry Festival !

    POETRY AT ITS BEST - Thursday 14th August to Sunday 17th AugustMore detail to come.  See www.wapoets.net.au Read more...
  • Lineup of poets for rest of August - September 2014 !

    August 16th       Perth Poetry Festival - Tony Curtis, Jeltje Fanoy, Judith Beveridge, Liana Joy Christensen, Christine Della Vedova, Neil J (BRiLO) Pattinson & Renee Pettitt-Schipp August 23rd       Noisy Andrew, Ken Smeaton & Larraine Duncan + Launch of Larraine's new poetry book  August 30th       Bronwyn Lovell & ChuckieSeptember 6th   HelchildSeptember 13th  Chris Konrad & Helen HagemannSeptember 20th  Watch this spaceSepttember 27th Mega Open-mike event -everyone is a feature   Read more...
  • Saturday 16th August 2014 - Perth Poetry Festival gig !

    What a great place to be this Saturday 2-4pm at The Moon Cafe, 323 William Street Northbridge.Please be on time for a 2pm start, so that all can enjoy the Festival... Read more...
  • Saturday 9th August 2014 - Shane McCauley !

    Shane McCauley (pictured above) has had eight books of poetry published, including The Drunken Elk and Trickster. He was awarded the Max Harris Prize in 2008 and the Poetry d'Amour award in 2014.  He conducts a fortnightly poetry workshop for the OOTA writers' group at the Fremantle Arts Centre.  He has a particular interest in the relationship of mythology to poetry.  Shane is a darn fine poet who never disappoints. Be entertained this Saturday 2-4pm at The Moon Cafe 323 William Street, Northbridge. Read more...
  • WA Heats and WA Final of Australian Poetry Slams 2014

    Win a trip over east to compete in the Australian Slam Poetry Finals.  A 2 minute poem is all you need. Read more...
  • Saturday 2nd August 2014 - Fran Graham & Rodney Hatch !

    Fran Graham (pictured left) is an award-winning poet who lives in Mandurah.  Her early poems were mainly about child-rearing and family life. Her poems now include the landscape, personal experiences and matters of human interest such as mental illness, loss and personal discovery.  Her most recent achievements are publication in the July issue of Westerly magazine, and Commended Awards in both the Ethel Webb Bundell Awards and the Peter Cowan Writers' Centre Patron's Prize for Poetry.Rodney Hatch (pictured right) was conceived on the backseat of an Austin A40 rockin' at the Scarborough Snake Pit.  Born in Subi during the hipster software boom of the late '50s.  Cut his teeth in Noongar Street, Nollamara.  Went beach combing at Triggs and never came back.  Did hard time on all the great Perth campuses: Curtin, Edith Cowan, UWA, Murdoch, Fremantle Gaol and Karnet Prison Farm.  He's been a suit and bag of fruit.  His first poem was about shacking up with a hippy chick in a tree house at Yallingup.Be happy to shack up with Fran Graham and Rodney Hatch this Saturday afternoon 2-4pm at The Moon Cafe, 323 William Street Northbridge. Read more...
  • Saturday 26th July 2014 - JACKSON !

    JACKSON performs poetry and music.  She seeks poems that work whether declaimed loudly or whispered in the mind.  Her guest appearances include the Tasmanian, Queensland and WA Poetry Festivals and Melbourne Overload.  In 2013 Mulla Mulla Press published her second poetry collection 'lemon oil'.  Visit Jackson online at Proximity, proximitypoetry.com, but get even closer this Saturday at 2-4pm, the MOON Cafe 323 William Street Northbridge.  Read more...
  • Saturday 19th July 2014 - Mardi May !

    Mardi May is a wonderful poet.  She has facilitated the poetry group at KSP for its 6 years and is a member of the management committee and literary advsory board there.Mardi has 4 books of social history and 4 of poetry published, and her second verse novella is with a publisher.  She has won many awards for poetry and short fiction, and been widely published and performed. Mardi writes poems on shopping lists.  Her poetry must be priceless. Experience the wonder of it this Saturday 2-4pm, at the Moon Cafe 323 William Street.  Read more...
  • Saturday 12th of July - Alexia Biddle & Shey Marque !

    Alexia Biddle (pictured left) at 13, and constantly confused, started poetry in the highest English class.  Her teacher always mentioned that creative writing was the only thing she was good at.  Alexia decided to write it off-handedly as a casual pastime, all the while finding a second home at The Moon Cafe.  Now at 16, and still confused, here she is as a feature poet. Shey Marque (pictured right) is an active member of the WA writing community.  She was Coordinator of The Katharine Susannah Prichard Writer's Centre for two years and Secretary of the Management Committee for three years.  Her poetry has been published in Islet, Regime, dotdotdash, Trove, Creatrix, Blue Giraffe and Australian Love Poems 2013.  In 2013, she won the Karen W Treanor Poetry Prize, and this year was awarded second place in the Kathleen Julia Bates Memorial Poetry Competition.  Every year, she keeps saying that her first poetry collection will be ready.  This year she really means it. Be entertained by Alexia Biddle and Shey Marque plus open-mike this Saturday, 2-4pm at The Moon Cafe, 323 William Street, Northbridge !  Read more...
  • Saturday 5th of July - Jan Napier, Sue Clennell & Anne Elvey !

    Jan Napier is a Scorpio and lives near the Indian Ocean. Her poetry has been published in Westerly, Famous Reporter, Australian Love Poems 2013, Windfall 2, as well as other journals, and anthologies both here and overseas. Sue Clennell has been placed twice in the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize, and has won the Cottesloe/Mosman Park/Peppermint Grove Poetry Prize twice.  She was included in Best Australian Poems 2011 and has been longlisted for this year's Best Australian Poems.  Sue has also had five poems published by the Weekend Australian and is in many anthologies, including in America and South Africa.  Her book 'the Ink Drinkers' is available for just $5 and her Poetry CD 'The Van Gogh Cafe' for $10.Anne Elvey lives in Melbourne, with her partner Greg Price and their two adult sons.  Her mother was born in Goomalling, WA.  Anne's first full length poetry collection 'Kin' was published by 5 Islands Press in April 2014.  Anne is managing editor of 'Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics'  (http://plumwoodmountain.com).  She is chapbook editor and committee member of Melbourne Poets Unon.  She holds honorary appointments at Monash University and University of Divinity, Melbourne.  Her recent academic woks focus on the materiality of the text, ecological criticism and climate change. http://anneelvey.wordpress.comCome and hear our three guest poets and open-mike this Saturday 2-4pm at The Moon Cafe, 323 William St, Northbridge ! Read more...
  • 2015 Poetry d'Amour Love Poetry Contest _ call for entries !

    As part of Poetry d'Amour 2015, WA Poets Inc. is inviting poets to submit love poems.Over $700 in cash plus other prizes for selected awards.Top ranking and selected poems published in the anthology "Poetry d'Amour 2015".For details, see above flyer.Entries close at midnight on 22 August 2014. Read more...
  • Saturday 21st of June - Josephine Clarke !

    Josephine Clarke has followed her love of writing to active involvement in the WA writing community.  She was President of the Out of the Asylum Writer's Group for three years and continues to enjoy the support and mentorship that group provides.  She is also a member of the collective that organises Voicebox, monthly poetry readings at The Fly Trap in Fremantle.  Her poetry has been published in Indigo, Westerly, Cordite, Creatrix and Blue Giraffe.  She writes about her favourite place in the South West and anything else that she gets snagged by.Be sure to be caught by Josephine Clarke this Saturday 21st June 2-4pm, at the Moon Cafe 323 William St, Northbridge.  Read more...
  • 2014 WAPI Song Lyric Contest!

    2014 WAPI Song Lyric Contest As part of the 2014 Perth Poetry Festival WAPI is extending an open invitation to all songwriters to submit entries to the 2014 WAPI Song Lyric Contest. First prize is $200 cash The deadline for entries is midnight Western Australian time, Sunday 13th July 2014 The entry fee is $6 for one set of song lyrics.   There is no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted but each entry must be accompanied by an entry form and payment (a group payment may be made for multiple entries). Details and Entry Form can be found at: wapoets.net.au Read more...
  • Saturday 14th of June - Rose van Son!

    Rose van Son is a WA writer and poet.  Her poems have appeared in The Western Australian, Westerley, Landscapes ECU, Cordite, Australian Poetry Anthology 2013, Indigo, Jukebox and more. She has won places in the Tom Collins Poetry Awards 2013, the Karen W. Treanor Poetry Awards, the Peter Cowan Patron's Prize, Fremantle Press Tanka Prize (1st), City of Perth Library National Haiku Awards (2nd) and Bodhi Tree haiku prizes.Her haiku have appeared in many journals including Windfall 2, The Heron's Nest (international) and Paper Wasp.  Rose has read at the Margaret River Writers' and Readers' Festival and on ABC South West.  She is Editor for Creatrix Haiku online, and has judged the Talus and Julie Lewis Poetry Prizes. Her collection of poetry, Sandfire, is published by Sunline Press.Rose is presently working on a new poetry collection and a novella.What more enticement would you want?  Just be there at the Moon Cafe this Saturday to hear Rose van Son.  It will be beautiful... Read more...
  • Saturday 7th of June, Faye Clavi and Austin Wheeler!

    Born in Harvey WA in 1949, Faye Clavi (pictured left) spent her childhood and school years in Denmark on her parent’s dairy farm enjoying country life then moved to Perth in the late 1960s where she still resides in the northern suburb of Ballajura.  She worked in the Hospitality industry, managing cafes and is now retired.Faye started writing in early 2011, for relaxation.  She writes mostly about landscape, life experience, love, and inspiration from her trips away.  She has poems published in Creatrix, Positive Words Magazine and Tamba, and received a Commended Certificate in the Scribblers Literary Prose and Poetry Competition 2013.Her spare time is spent doing Volunteer work with ACTIV/RECREATION, supporting adults with intellectual challenges in life, and to enjoy holidays away.  In this volunteer work, she gains the benefit of travelling to places giving rewards that have taught her so many of life’s valued lessons.  In her words:“One the best I would say is ‘Never take anything at face value’.  My enjoyment in life is spending time with my family, especially my three grandchildren, friends, taking beach walks and enjoying nature, writing, and photography capturing the moment.”Austin Wheeler (pictured right) came into this world from outer space in 1990 and has been living this alien way ever since, having been teleported from the USA to Oz and Perth Poetry Club in the last few months. Already a published author/poet with “The Trewe Krewe: (Operation of a Pussified Pirate)” and “Imao A.D.: Poem Extinction”,  and a stand-up comic, there is a serious side to his verse.  Some of his concerns are overpopulation, dehumanisation and corporatisation, and how best to combat these.  In this regard, does his poetry shine a light on learned pessimism?Austin appears on the Poemhunter website, with 19 poems published there (no mean feat).  His bio there reads“I'm you. Don't be depressed by my poems. I'm not.”,and we won’t be when we hear Austin Wheeler this Saturday at the Moon Cafe. Read more...
  • Saturday 31st of May, Rahima Velagic and Josh Prosser!

    Her full name is Rahima Evelina Velagic di Ianni, but we know her simply as Rahima (pictured left).  Rahima burst onto the poetry scene at Perth Poetry Club this year.  She is one the young poets making their mark.She writes of herself,“A poet in a very Bostralian way.  A spoken word artist, Adding to that the visual, one of these days”On her poetry website “rahimavelagic.wordpress.com“, Rahima statesThe heiress to the throne she seeks to carve out; from intention, with dedication; to give definition to the human form she has borrowed for a few decades on planet earth. Adorning the throne is a vast array of earthly treasures and pleasures. Some of which evoke the urge to show, transcribe in words and let many know.Currently based in Sarajevo, Perth and Melbourne; she lives within this route mapped between continents with ever strong effort to keep the long hauls from the other side of the planet earth or the continent an effortless hop and skip to one of her other homes.Josh Prosser (pictured right) was born in 1982 in perth and raised in Kalgoorlie. He was expelled at 13 and then learned guitar, playing in bands ever since and writting and performing original songs that his band have written for the last 10 years. His favourite poet is Jim Carroll. In his own words, "What I write is what I see, some ain't as obvious as others but I believe if you leap the net will appear, its your jigsaw puzzle so make your judgements."    Read more...
  • Saturday 24th of May, Julie Watts and Piri Altraide!

    Julie Watts (pictured left) was born in Perth.  She is a Counsellor and Play Therapist, a good career for someone who also is a poet.  She lives by the WA coast with her family.  Julie’s poems have been published in various journals and anthologies in Australia and the UK.  Last year saw the publishing of her first poetry book “Honey & Hemlock”.   The book was a hit with reviewers and readers alike.This is what one reviewer (Dennis Haskell) had to say about Julie Watts.  She is “a poet who sees the world in very physical terms and is enraptured by colour .., finding contemporary actions and events aligned with archetypal forces and our beings as genetically determined.”  To appreciate, it is best to hear Julie this Saturday at Perth Poetry Club.Piri Altraide (pictured right), otherwise known as Missy P, or Peri Peri Sauce. I write poems about you, about me. Simple things. Things I hope you enjoy. I can’t remember not liking writing- was always in love with the English language. Poetry was an afterthought for the longest time. You box yourself in until one day someone says, “Ah- maybe you should try this. It’s really good.” And so, here we are!As we will all be, at the Perth Poetry Club this Saturday. Read more...
  • Saturday 31st of May, Luka Lesson at Peyote!

    Luka Lesson at Peytoe in Northbridge!Luka Lesson is a spoken word & hip-hop emcee from over east. He has collaborated and performed internationally, and was the 2010 Melbourne Overload Poetry Festival slam champion, as well as the 2011 Australian Poetry Slam champion (check the videos below - crazy talented). His second album 'EXIT' was recently released as a free DL, and the goal is to give the album to 20million people worldwide for free. Peyote, 78 Lake St, Northbridge (cnr of Aberdeen)Saturday, May 31stDoors open at 7pmEntry $15 For more info, click here. Read more...
  • Saturday 17th of May, Craig Rogers and Alexis L!

    Craig (pictured above) has been reading and writing poetry for close to four years. He read one of his first poems at a Poetry Slam which was also his first reading, where he heard of Perth Poetry Club which he then began attending regularly.  Shortly after this he discovered the work of Charles Bukowski and a love affair began - he was instantly struck by the title of a post-humous collection “.. the words were.. What Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire”.From here he came across the beats with the help of fellow subterranean Reuben Huntley (a hitchhiking young adventurer with a lust for life and dreamings) who gave him a City-Lights pocket-book of Ginsberg’s Howl.  More recently Craig has begun to enjoy nourishment from the shinning wisdom of philosophers - at this stage, Gurdjeff and Jung as well as modern-western philosopher Neil Kramer...Craig’s writing is heartfelt and honest with occasional sprinklings of sentimental nonsense or bitter irony, n'plenty of grit.  Now he is going to lick your faces with a hairy tongue...Make sure you are clean-shaven at the Perth Poetry Club this Saturday !!!Alexis L is a West Australian poet, who has an English degree from UWA, and is currently studying to be a librarian.She has published in Creatrix, Uneven Floor, and Make Your Mark magazine. Alexis won a Creatrix prize for her poem 'Lungs'.  She also came second in the 2013 WAPI Song Lyric Competition (no mean feat).  Alexis is currently working on her first chapbook.She has open-miked at Voicebox, Perth Poetry Club and “Ships in the Night”.Alexis describes her poetry as... portraits of people, whether historical or personal, and concerned with the capturing of moments and places. This is confirmed when you see her poetry keyworded on “Uneven Floor” as… child, death, family, history, home, youth, identity, illness, freedom, love, man, relationship, winter, woman, landscape, neighbourhood, ocean, unspoken, urban, water. An impressive list as is her poetry, to be cherished this Saturday. Read more...
  • Saturday 10th of May, Bronwyn Lovell!

    Don’t miss the beautiful words of Bronwyn Lovell.Perth Poetry Club is very pleased to have the poet Brownyn Lovell, the KSP writer-in-residence, as this week’s feature.Bronwyn Lovell lives in Melbourne.  Her poetry has been published in Australian Love Poems, Antipodes, Cordite Poetry Review and the Global Poetry Anthology.  Bronwyn has won the Adrien Abbott Poetry Prize and been shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize, the Bridport Prize, and the Montreal International Poetry Prize.  She works as the Publications Officer for Writers Victoria. http://www.bronwynlovellediting.com/ Read more...
  • Saturday 3rd of May, Mathas!

    Mathas is a master MC/producer/singer/genre-bender/song psychologist and performance poet.  He is a founding member of Perth music and arts collective ‘The Community’ and heavily involved in underground hip hop and electronic music. Mathas took out the WAMi Award for Best Hip Hop Artist in 2012 and a Most Popular Single nomination.  Last year he picked up three nominations.  He has released two acclaimed albums, but we are going to concentrate on his spoken word this Saturday at the Moon Cafe.  His delivery is crisp and clean, and his frame of reference is an Australian one.  Mathas is a thoughtful and skilled wordsmith whose efforts have impressed in delivering sound dietary advice in ‘White Sugar’ and ‘Nourishment’.  He is an Australian voice and his themes reflect his sense of place and purpose in his environment.Be prepared for another enjoyable and entertaining Saturday afternoon (2pm-4pm) at the Moon Café, 323 William Street, Northbridge. Read more...
  • May Lineup

    Upcoming lineup of feature poets for May @ PPC!3rd May - Mathus10th May - Bronwyn Lovell17th May - Alexis L and Craig Rogers24th May - Piriye Altraide (Piri) and Julie Watts Read more...
  • Saturday 26th of April, Jakub Dammer and Toby Davidson!

    “Rap should be flushed down the toilet!”  - a truly memorable quote by one Perth Poetry Club attendee.  If it was you, you’re not going to enjoy the works of Jakub Dammer (pictured above) – MC from local acoustic hip hop act ‘Nodes’.  For the rest of you – Jakub has slammed at the National Finals in Sydney and Nuyorican Poets Café in New York.  In 2013, Nodes released their first EP – ‘Square One’.Be prepared to enjoy the words and performance of Jakub Dammer – rhythm and poetry.Toby Davidson is a West Australian poet, editor and reviewer now living in Sydney where he is an Australian Literature researcher at Macquarie University. He is the editor of Francis Webb Collected Poems (UWA Publishing ) and author of the critical study Christian Mysticism and Australian Poetry(Cambria Press).His debut poetry collection is Beast Language (Five Islands Press), available at http://fiveislandspress.com/catalogue/beast-language Read more...
  • Saturday 19th of April - Dougie from Scotland & Joanna Wakefield!

    Joanna Wakefield has been writing poetry since the tender age of 13, but more seriously over the past 5 years.  She attended the poetry slam at PICA last year and recently a poetry slam at UWA.Joanna says “my work does not follow a particular style but is written from incidents that move me, observations and playing with words.”Her poetry has been published on the UWA electronic roadside billboard and will shortly be showing on the big screen out side PICA.   She has read at various venues:  Fringe Gallery, Willagee; South Perth Library and UWA as well as at Cancer Fundraising events in Perth.And we are pleased that Joanna will be at Perth Poetry Club this Saturday. Dougy was born in Edinburgh Scotland, and grew up in the post industrial town of Middlesbrough in north east England.His love for poetry was nurtured by his Grand parents who introduced him to the radical works of Robert Burns at an early age. At a time when Scots were cleared of their land they used their tartans, music, and poetic unique language to stick two fingers up at the establishment which is a tradition Dougy carries on to this day.Dougy served an apprenticeship as a Plater in the local steel works before going on to study Literature, and Political Philosophy which helped to mould his poetic voice. He combines poetry with animation, and has led workshops throughout the world in areas of severe poverty, and socially challenging environments.He has directed creative workshops with artists from Pixar,Disney, and Dreamworks to help develop the creative, and social voices of participants from as far afield as China, Europe, and the United States.Dougy likes to think his poetry is observational, and offers a challenge to the political status quo while siding with the underdog.He tries to make sure his words are spontaneous and reflect his comedic cynical view of the world.Although he has ran poetry events in the UK , this is his first performance as a featured writer any where on the planet. Read more...
  • May 17th, Poetry Concert at Albany Town Hall & May 24th, The Songwriters!

    May 17th - A Poetry Concert    For those located in the far Southwest of WA, a poetry concert will be held at Albany Town Hall on May 17th!Albany Town Hall has been a centre for monthly poetry nights featuring poets and performers. The 'Poetry Concert' event is a theatre style featuring performance poetry, comedy, general anarchy for the first half and then in the second half of the evening, a Poetry Slam.The Poetry Slam will be open to everyone, and the only requirement is that all material must be original work. There will be 15 places for the Slam and all entrants will be on the night. Prizes will be given for first and second placegetters.Doors and bar open 6.30pm - show starts 7.30pm - 20 minute intermission - tickets available at Paperbark Merchants Albany (instore and online at www.paperbarks.com.au)Further information: poetsandperformers@gmail.com May 24th - The SongwritersExperience songs and stories from around the region!Doors and bar open 6.30pm - show starts 7.30pm - 20 minute intermission  Read more...
  • Saturday 12th of April, Cath Drake!

    This Saturday we have Cath Drake plus the Perth launch of her new collection ‘Sleeping with Rivers’An Australian from Perth lured to London in 2001, Cath Drake has been published in anthologies and literary magazines in UK, Australia and US. She has performed in many cafes, bookshops, theatres, festivals and for unsuspecting passer- by.Cath runs writing workshops to recharge creativity and is passionate about taking poetry and creative writing to new spaces. In 2012, she was short-listed for the Venture Poetry Award, awarded an Arts Council England grant and was writer in residence at the Albany Arts Centre café.Cath won the 2013 Mslexia/Seren poetry pamphlet prize and her pamphlet 'Sleeping with Rivers' from Seren Books will be launched and available at the gig.  She is also a copywriter and non-fiction writer and her work includes award-winning journalism, writing for radio, oral history and life stories. http://cathdrake.com/Cath performed at Perth Poetry Club in 2012 and we are happy to have her back to entertain us again this Saturday.  Read more...
  • April Lineup

    April Lineup of feature poets for Perth Poetry Club:5th April - Renee Pettitt-Schipp12th April - Cath Drake19th April - Dougie from Scotland  &  Joanna Wakefield26th April - Jakub Dammer  Read more...
  • 5th of April, Renee Pettitt-Schipp!

    Renee Pettitt-Schipp has lived in the Indian Ocean Territories for the past three years, however 2014 saw her return to the port city she calls home.  Renee’s recent work reflects her experiences in our nation’s most marginal territory, through work that is both personal and inherently political.In 2010 Renee was short listed for the Trudy Graham Biennial Literary Award, and in 2011 and 2012 (respectively) she won and was highly commended in the Ethel Webb Bundell prize for poetry.  Renee is a Festival poet for the Perth Poetry Festival in 2014.   Come and see Renee perform this Saturday at Perth Poetry Club! Read more...
  • Monday 31st March, winners of the Tom Collins Poetry Prize @ The Fly Trap!

     Monday 31st March: Fran Graham, Annamaria Weldon and the winners of the Tom Collins Poetry Prize.Fran Graham writes about family and personal experience. Her first collection of poetry was published last year by Ginninderra Press. This year she’s been published in the Australian Poetry Ltd Inaugural Members’ Anthology and was Highly Commended in both the Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre Patron’s Poetry Prize and the Scribblers’ National Literary Awards. She has recently had a poem selected for inclusion in Best Australian Poems 2012. Annamaria Weldon will read from her new book ‘The Lake’s Apprentice’ (UWAP 2014) and her sold-out collection ‘The Roof Milkers’ (Sunline 2008). Her poetry has been anthologised, published in the ABR, Island, Westerly and other literary journals, recorded and read for art installations, DVDs, dance and musical performances, twice broadcast on ABC Radio’s Poetica and won the Tom Collins Poetry Prize 2010.The Tom Collins Poetry Prize is conducted each year by the Fellowship of Australian Writers (WA). This year's prize winners are: Rachael Petridis, Dick Alderson, Jan Napier, Rose Van Son, Mags Webster and Nandi Chinna. The Competition Judge was Philip Mead, Chair of Australian Literature at UWA.Plus 10 x 5 min. open mike.Doors open at 7 pm, poetry begins at 7.30.There is a bar and tea, coffee, snacks and cake will be available for purchase.Tickets $10/$6 (available at the door or from www.flybynight.org)The Fly Trap is a cash only venue.See Voicebox Fremantle on Facebook, or email poets.voicebox@gmail.com .   Read more...
  • Saturday 29th of March, Mega Open-Mike Event!

    This Saturday (29th March) is our Mega Open-Mike Event, where everyone is a feature.  Perth Poetry Club holds these every quarter, and it is an opportunity for every open-miker to have 5 minutes (maximum) of performance time.  Best to prepare your performance. You can try something different, experimental.  It is an opportunity to edit and refresh your poems.  Hone your performance skills.  Past events have been memorable for the quality of the poetry and performances.  Be surprised this Saturday afternoon at the Moon Café 2pm-4pm.Photo, courtesty Coral Carter. Read more...
  • Saturday 22nd of March, Chris Palazzolo!

    Chris Palazzolo has been in and out of the Perth poetry scene for two decades. His first and last professional reading was at the DISK Poetry Group at His Majesty’s Theatre in 1998. Since that time he has concentrated on writing novels, screenplays and stories. Recently he has returned to poetry, polished up his old ones, written some new ones, and had them published last year by Regime Books in a collection called “Unhoused”.Someone asked Chris why the collection is called “Unhoused”.  You can read his full answer, and interview, athttp://www.regimebooks.com.au/chris-palazzolo-talks-life-and-poetry-with-regime-books/But one explanation Chris gave is this:  ‘Unhoused’ can also mean a kind of releasing, or opening up and placing outside, which is how I feel about these poems; they are unhusked or unhoused from my mind and put on to the page. So my mind is the house … that opens up, and out comes this organic clump of text.Look forward to hear what poems are unhoused by Chris Palazzolo at Perth Poetry Club this Saturday. ***Take note the following Saturday, we have a mega open-mike event where everyone is a feature (5 minutes each). So prepare your performance. Try something different, experimental? An opportunity to refresh poems and hone your skills.    Read more...
  • Thursday 27th of March, 'Early Birds of a Feather' Workshop!

    Write before you workan early morning  creative writing laboratory with Horst Kornberger Always wanted to write but never had the time? Here is a way of doing it: The Early Birds of a Feather Experiment from 6.15 am till 7.30 am at the Writing Laboratory at PSAS in Pakenham St, Fremantle. Workshop 1 Finding Your Writing Wings - help your imagination to take off - a series of simple writing exercises that will help you jumpstart your writing practice. Why so early?To make time before your duties take it awayYou will be rested and your muse refreshedIt will be quiet. There will be free parking in the heart of Fremantle until 9.00am(Or take the train, it's only a three minute walk from the station)You can grab a coffee to ruffle the wings of your muse Be on time. In fact come early and enjoy a walk through a Fremantle free of noise. Bring a notebook and two pens (just in case). Use side entrance on Pakenham Street; look for our sign. If you are interested, book now. When:     Thursday 27 March 2014, 6.15am - 7.30amWhere:    The Writing Laboratory at PSAS, 22 Pakenham Street, Fremantle, (3 minutes from Fremantle Station)Cost:        $35, to book click here Read more...
  • Saturday 15th of March, Caroline Sambridge, Don Smith and Ele Lawlor

    Caroline Sambridge (pictured left) is a treasured favourite of the Perth Poetry Club.  She likes to make people laugh and reads regularly at Bush Poetry and Punk events.  Her poetry is earthy comic rhyme.  Caroline says:  "I am a bush poet who has lived all over Australia. I write about all sorts of subjects and crazy characters."Caroline has had a poem published in an Australian/Chinese children’s anthology.  As a child she wanted to be either a spy or diamond thief, unfortunately neither was to happen.  Her misfortune is our gain when we hear Caroline this Saturday. Don Smith (pictured center) has been an actor and comedian since the late seventies. He has written short plays, films and documentaries, some of which have gone on to cable TV. Last year he acted in a film called “Son Of A Gun” with Ewan McGregor, which is supposed to come out this year.He has also started working as a casual bus driver, where for the first time in his life he has met someone called “Trevor”.He believes in Belligerent Non-committance. Poetry is a whole new thing for him, but we have heard his spoken word before, and be prepared to be satisfied.  Ele Lawlor (pictured right) lives in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Her first public performance was when Ele entered and won her home town's literature festival poetry slam in 2007, and then won for the next three years running.  She performs at various charity events and festivals in North of England and Scotland.Prior to discovering the art of spoken word, and as a result of living with undiagnosed dyslexia and problems with addiction, her writing had stayed hidden away in the back of a dusty drawer since she was a six year old girl - musing over the death of a winter robin on the garden patio.In Ele’s words, “my writing reflects my personal battles with identity, sex, love, freedom, addiction and religion…  For me, sharing poetry is the most beautiful and powerful way I have found of connecting with the people that I, otherwise, would have no way of knowing how to be honest with. It is a means of keeping me from my comfort zone… I am always grateful to the audience who allows me the space to do so.” Three very interesting poets for you at the Moon Café this Saturday. Read more...
  • Thursday 13th of March, UWA Poetry Slam Night!

    UWA Poetry Slam NightUWA is hosting its own Slam (first-ever). The event will be on this Thursday, 13th March at 7.30pm in the New Fortune Theatre at UWA.  There will be a small charge for non-student UWA Guild members (not to be more than $5) on the night to cover venue costs. Everyone is invited to attend. Read more...
  • Saturday 8th of March, Woman Scream 2014 at PPC!

    This Saturday 8th March, Perth becomes part of Woman Scream 2014 - the 4th Woman Scream International Poetry Festival , organized by Women Poets International Movement (Movimiento Mujeres Poetas International, MPI, Inc.).  The festival is enthusiastically embraced internationally by followers and members from different nations and cultures, with welcomed participation by women and men.  The primary objective is to provide a platform to support the use of art and poetry as a social tool to promote non-violence against women.Perth Poetry Club, in conjunction with West Australian Poets Inc, is hosting the Perth contribution to Woman Scream 2014 this Saturday, 8th March (International Women’s Day) at The Moon Café, 323 William Street, Northbridge between 2 – 4pm.The format of Woman Scream 2014 will be open-mike.  So far 15 poets have registered their commitment to perform.  If you wish to perform, please (PLEASE) consider registering beforehand by emailing Kate Arnautovic ( katearnautovic@yahoo.com.au  or  perthpoetryclub@gmail.com ).  This will assist in programming the event.  You can also sign up for open-mike on the day, but for surety, consider registering beforehand.As part of Woman Scream 2014, the story of Susana Chavez (Mexican poet) will unfold as we commemorate her fight to end violence against women, the circumstance of her murder, but also celebrate a commitment to end violence against women, and end all violence, through poetry, love and understanding.Be part of this commemoration and celebration by attending Perth Poetry Club this coming Saturday, 2-4 pm at The Moon Café, 323 William Street, Northbridge. Read more...
  • March - April Lineup @ PPC

    Upcoming lineup for PPC15th of March - Caroline Sambridge & Don Smith22nd of March - Chris Palazzolo29th of March - Mega-Open Mike Event5th of April - Renee Pettitt-Schipp12th of April - Cath Drake Read more...
  • 1st of March, Anna Minska, Jakob Boyd and Allan Boyd!

    Anna Minska (pictured left) was born and raised in Perth. She has been deeply impacted by her maternal Polish lineage and much of her poetry explores the emotional-cultural complexities of identity. Anna spent many years studying psychology, and trained as a clinical psychologist. She now teaches singing, and also works with people to support their creative capacity. Alongside her beloved poetry, she composes and sings her own music. Jakob Boyd (pictured center), AKA Laundry Man is an up and coming Performance poet and writer in Perth. The unpublished son of the well known Antipoet, he’s performed in the Poetry Slam finals, and various poetry events in the last year and a half.  He writes of Perth, youth and the cultural tides of the decade. His first play 'Out By The Laundry Door' is being directed by Curtin's Haymen Theatre in mid March (2014).Even Google had trouble searching for “Allan Boyd” (pictured right) the poet - after all he is an antipoet. Allan is a lecturer/tutor at a Uni, is a performer (ascerbic, in-yr-face, wordsmithery), and has organised radical community arts events since 1995. Does the Uni know this?  Probably yes because Allan has been published in paper zines and websites across the globe.  The 'antipoet' has been a featured guest at many Australian Arts and Poetry festivals.  He is a member of several of Perth’s original bands, an Indymedia hack, and prior RTRFM radio presenter.   He has been the organiser of the WA heats of the Australian Poetry Slam for many years.  He has featured at Perth Poetry Club and is our web-architect (our radical hack). Could Allan’s lips be the lips of the Perth Poetry Club logo?  Mick Jagger would be envious, and when all is said and done, Allan is the anti-poet – no better satisfaction (Mick would agree).Accompanying Allan and Jakob is Bradley Wallis; a guitarist and soundscapist who's lended his sound to short films, so-far-small-time local bands and many other projects. He and Jakob are in the very beginnings of a potentially long or disastrous collaboration of ambient sound and performance poetry.Please, please come and see Anna, Jakob and Allan at Perth Poetry Club this Saturday.  Read more...
  • Monday 24th of Feb, VOICEBOX

    February VOICEBOX - Continuing the feast on Monday 24th February 2014Guests are: Gail Willems, Kevin Gillam and Danijela Kambaskovic .Plus 10 x 5 min. open mike.At the FlyTrap, Parry Street, FremantleDoors open at 7 pm, poetry begins at 7.30. There is a bar and tea, coffee, snacks and cake will be available for purchase.Tickets $10.00 / $6.00 Conc  NOTE: Concession ticket holders must provide proof of concession at the door. Read more...
  • Monday 3rd of March, Supperclub

    Monday 3rd of March, Supperclub!Monday Supperclub will feature the music of Mulberry Bend, an interesting duo playing a blend of modern and traditional originals with guitar and dobro with two beautiful voices. Spoken word act will be perfomred by well known local poet Julie Watts. Info and tickets at summersupperclub.com  Read more...
  • Saturday 8th of March, Perth Poetry Club and WA Poets Inc present Woman Scream 2014!

    This March 2014, more than forty countries will add their voices to the worldwide chain of events at the 4th Woman Scream International Poetry Festival. The initiative born in the Dominican Republic, aims to commemorate the role of women in society, and to deliver messages of respect, self-esteem and no violence against women, through poetry and cultural activities.The Woman Scream 2014 festival is organized by Women Poets International Movement (Movimiento Mujeres Poetas International, MPI, Inc.), and is enthusiastically embraced internationally by followers and members from different cultures, with welcomed participation by women and men.The first Woman Scream International Poetry Festival was held in honor of Susana Chavez, the Mexican poet murdered in 2011. That year, 17 nations participated with a total of 44 events celebrated in Europe, U.S. and Latin America. In 2012, the festival reached other nationalities including Africa and India with 30 participating countries and 95 events scheduled. The 2013 festival encompassed more than 100 events, and honored Pakistani Malala Youfsuzai.This year, new nations have joined the cause in pursuit of a common goal. The primary objective of the Woman Scream 2014 festival is to provide a platform to support the use of art and poetry as a social tool to promote non-violence against women.Perth Poetry Club, in conjunction with West Australian Poets Inc., is hosting the Perth contribution to Woman Scream 2014 on Saturday, 8th March (International Women’s Day) at The Moon Café, 323 William Street, Northbridge.The format will be open-mike, with poets limited to 3 – 5 minutes max. depending upon numbers. We expect poets to keep to theme and encourage poets to register for open- mike prior to the event by emailing Kate Arnautovic ( katearnautovic@yahoo.com.au or perthpoetryclub@gmail.com ). Please supply your name, title of poems, and expected performance duration (for planning, and record keeping by international organisers).Looking forward to your support and participation. Read more...
  • 22nd of Feb, Recoil 5 Launch

    22nd of Febuary, Recoil 5 Launch!This Saturday sees our Recoil-5 zine launch.  Some of the favourite features from last year's Perth Poetry Club have contributed poems to this zine.Come on Saturday to see and hear poets and poems from Anna Kiss Gyorgy, Arran Lodge, Brian Langley, Caitlyn Mahony, Caroline Sambridge, Gail Willems, Hessom Razavi, Keren Gila Raita, Kevin Gillam, Sandie Walker, Splodge and TTO.The Recoil-5 zine is published and donated by Coral Carter of Mulla Mulla Press, and as is Perth Poetry Club tradition, will be launched by the sound desk (Ben Hoare).  A great opportunity to buy the zine and have the poets autograph their poems on the page.  All proceeds from the sale of Recoil-5 go to the running of Perth Poetry Club. Read more...
  • Cafe Poetry Workshops Saturdays fortnightly Feb - April

    Cafe Poetry Workshops with JacksonLeap or tiptoe out of your poetic comfort zone in a supportive group environment with a much-published poet as your guide. Pay as you feel. 10am-12:30 Saturdays fortnightly (Feb 15, Mar 1, 15 & 29, Apr 12) at Hubbles Yard Cafe, cnr George & Hubble Streets, East Fremantle. Come to one or several. Please book in advance. lostpoetjj@gmail.com 0406 624 578 proximitypoetry.com Read more...
  • Upcoming events @ PPC!

    Upcoming events at PPC15 Feb - Derek Fenton and Istenad Haddad22 Feb - Recoil 5 Launch01 Mar - Anna Minska and Allan & Jakob Boyd08 Mar - Woman Scream 2014 event15 Mar - Caroline Sambridge and Don Smith22 Mar - Chris Palazzolo29 Mar - Mega Open Mike event Read more...
  • Saturday 15th of Feb, see feature poets Derek Fenton and Istenad Haddad!

    Saturday 15th of Feb, see feature poets Derek Fenton and Istenad Haddad!Derek Fenton (pictured left) was born in Zimbabwe and emigrated to Western Australia in 1976. In 1980 he returned to Africa for six years working in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa which served as the inspiration for much of his poetry which is informed by the experience of being a migrant and the difficulties of adjustment to a new country and alienation from the old.Derek has had poems, stories and a literary essay published by Les Murray and poems published in Creatrix, Mozzie, Speedpoets, Poetry New Zealand and The Australian Rationalist.Istenad Haddad (pictured right) is a writer and director of TV and theatre. He has performed as a poet at numerous gigs at WA Spring Poetry Festival, Perth Poetry Club, Voicebox and Cottonmouth. He writes and performs poetry in Arabic and English. This will be close to Istenad's last reading in Perth before he relocates to Sydney next weekend. Read more...
  • Saturday 8th of Feb, Bhakti Spirit

    Bhakti Spirit~A journey into the heart of Indian sacred music~From the meditative depth of Indian Classical raga to the ecstatic verses of devotional song. Featuring Branan Silvius-vocalsGurpreet Singh-tablaJaya Penelope-spoken translations Sat 8th February, 7:15pm-9;00pm, tickets $20 Fremantle Yoga Centre, E-Shed Markets enquiries to Branan, 0488 966 951, branandubh@gmail.comwww.brananraga.com.au  Read more...
  • Saturday 15th of Feb, BOOK LAUNCH by author Mark Tredinnick

    On Saturday 15th of February 3pm....West Australian BOOK LAUNCH BLUEWREN CANTOS Pitt Street Poetry, 2013by acclaimed poet and winner of the Montreal Poetry PrizeMARK TREDINNICKLaunch address by Annamaria Weldon WHERE: Mattie Furphy’s House (FAWWA) Allan Park, Kirkwood St, Swanbourne (following Tom Collins Poetry Award)PRICE: $30 Bluewren Cantos, Mark Tredinnick’s second collection of poems, journeys deeper into the country his work has always walked. Bluewren Cantos is a miscellany of birds, a bestiary of children, a song cycle of weather and landform, love and longing, solitude and belonging. Tredinnick writes poems of “vision and affirming wisdom,” Judith Beveridge has said. His is a poetry of witness, at once grave and light, intimate and vast, plainspoken and musical. “We are lonely for where we are,” Tim Lilburn has written; “poetry helps us cope.” Tredinnick’s is such a poetry: each poem, a leaf that tells a tree; a moment that tells a life.Info: Tineke Van der Eecken (Poetry d’Amour) tineke@tinekecreations.com  |  Julie Watts (OOTA) mailto:julie.watts@iinet.net.auhttp://pittstreetpoetry.com/mark-tredinnick/ http://www.marktredinnick.com.au Read more...
  • 8th of February, Chris Kennedy and Daniel Oxenburgh!

    8th of February, see feature poets Chris Kennedy and Snoop Bilby (aka Daniel Oxenburgh)!Christopher Kennedy (pictured left) studied Chinese at Murdoch University only to finish his degree in time for Tiananmen Square. He went off and became a journalist; at the same time he wrote and distributed poetry whenever he was really broke. He returned to Perth from Sydney in 2001 and now lives in Como, mucking about and generally trying to keep happy. Snoop Bilby (pictured right) has invented a kind of 'wearable universe' that simplifies day-to-day living by channeling pro-positive sub-atomic particles that manifest absolutely anything imaginable 'on time every time' via a 3D lazer printer mounted just under the rim of his straw hat. While waiting for something incredible to happen, Snoop Bilby spends his time buying lotto tickets, kicking lawnmowers and talking to magpies about the latest trends in black and white fashions. He comes from the desert but is diggin' it in the city. Read more...
  • Saturday 8th of March, PPC is hosting the Perth contribution to Woman Scream 2014!

    Woman Scream 2014 is on the way! This March 2014, more than thirty countries will add their voices to the worldwide chain of events at the 4th Woman Scream International Poetry Festival. The initiative born in the Dominican Republic, has spread to several countries, and aims to commemorate the role of women in society, and to deliver messages of respect, self-esteem and no violence against women, through poetry and cultural activities. The Woman Scream 2014 festival is a chain of simultaneous events with the participation of men and women of different generations. It is organized by Women Poets International Movement (Movimiento Mujeres Poetas International, MPI, Inc.), and enthusiastically embraced by followers and members from different cultural environments internationally.The first Woman Scream International Poetry Festival was held in honor of Susana Chavez, the Mexican poet murdered in 2011, with the participation of 17 countries and a total of 44 events celebrated in Europe, U.S. and Latin America. In 2012, boundaries reached other nationalities including Africa and India with 30 participating countries and 95 events scheduled. The last 2013 more than 100 events were planned honoring the Pakistani Malala Youfsuzai. This 2014, new nations have joined this cause in pursuit of a common goal.The primary objective of the Woman Scream 2014 festival is providing a platform to support the use of art and poetry as a social tool to promote non-violence against women.Perth Poetry Club in conjunction with WAPI is hosting the Perth contribution to Woman Scream 2014 on Saturday, 8th March (International Women’s Day) at The Moon Café, 323 William Street, Northbridge.  Further details to follow in the next week.You can check more about Woman Scream festival 2014 and previous events on http://womanscream.blogspot.com Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. Read more...
  • 7pm Wednesday 12th of Feb, Minstrel Gallery!

    Wednesday 12th of February... spend an evening at Minstrel Gallery. Spend an evening in the Minstrel Gallery where a princess wears out three pairs of iron shoes, a glass key weeps blood, and a woman descends from the sky on a silvery rope.  Our minstrels, including Perth Poetry Club's very own Keren Gila Raiter, weave poetry and cello into four fairytales to explore the themes of secrets, transformation, wildness and longing within relationships.  This Fringe World show runs for one night only, from 7pm, on Wednesday 12th February at the Universal Bar (upstairs). Tickets $20, bookings on the Fringe World website. Interested? Click here to book! View event on Facebook here. Read more...
  • 1st of Feb, feature poets Chris Arnold and Zan Ross!

    Saturday 1st of Feb, see Chris Arnold and Zan Ross!Zan Ross has been featured in all the usual Australian journals plus a few in the US, Canada, France, Romania and several on-line zines.  She has had two collections of poetry published: B-Grade through Monogene Press and Enpassant through Fremantle Arts Centre Press, as well as the chapbook, “Je ne sais quoi” through Vagabond Press. There have been a few residencies and prizes, but who really cares about that ... She hopes to keep writing until she falls off her perch.Chris Arnold is amongst the greatest poets living in his house today. He’s been awarded many door prizes, and his work appears in numerous notebooks.  He is a modest fellow and contributes to Perth Poetry Club as Underlord and WAPI as Co-ordinator.  Chris is a great slam poet and has featured prominently in WA Slam heats and Australian finals.  His poetic style is unique and his use of words, rhythm and rhyme is exquisite.  A performance by Chris Arnold is not to be missed.   Read more...
  • 25th of January, feature poets Elio Novello & Annette Mullumby!

    25th of January, feature poets Elio Novello and Annette Mullumby perform!Elio Novello is based in Perth, Western Australia. He is currently the coordinator of the weekly readings at Perth Poetry Club. He has poetry published in Creatrix, the Anti-Tax Pax, and recently featured in Uneven Floor. Elio writes poetry mentioning dogs, gods, garbage bins, the number pi, the Wizard of Oz and pterodactyls, amongst other things. The audience seems to like it, so be prepared to be entertained. Annette Mullumby was born in London during the 2nd World War. She graduated from UWA with a degree in poetry, and then taught English Literature for many years before retraining as a psychotherapist. Annette loves creating dance in response to landscape, particularly the beach and she has training in Japanese Buto. Now retired, Annette devotes her time to writing poetry and is currently participating in the Advanced Poetry workshops. Annette is also writing creative non fiction for a memoir which will include poetry.See Elio and Annette live this Saturday and experience exquisite spoken word... Not to miss! Read more...
  • Poetry Kitchen - fortnightly on Tuesdays!

    It's back for 2014... Poetry Kitchen workshops! Fortnightly on Tuesdays with Jackson.Tactful feedback, writing experiments, yummy snacks.In Fremantle, with experienced poet & editor Jackson.Tuesdays 10-12 or 1-3, fortnightly (next session 28 January).Pay as you feel.Limited places, book now: lostpoetjj@gmail.com, 0406 624 578.More info:proximitypoetry.com/kitchen Read more...
  • Kaitlyn Plyley performing @ The Blue Room Theatre!

    If you're looking for quality spoken word, you've found it! A not-to-miss event for Febuary 2014.Performance poet Kaitlyn Plyley is performing at The Blue Room Theatre as part of Perth's Fringe World Festival.WHEN: 4th - 8th Feb | 6.30pmWHERE: The Blue Room Theatre (53 James Street, Northbridge WA 6003)Get the full rundown at http://blueroom.org.au/events/not-much-to-tell-you/  Read more...
  • 20th of January - VOICEBOX @ The Fly Trap is back!

    Next Monday, 20th January - Voicebox: Start the new year with Miranda Aitken, William Yeoman and Mike Burns.Miranda Aitken writes poetry, stories, creative non-fiction and songs, which she sings with her sister in their family band. “A poet of landscape and love, Miranda Aitken’s lyrical poetry brings the spirit of the southwest to the city.”Will Yeoman will be known to you as Books Editor and West Weekend staff writer for the West Australian newspaper. He also writes poetry for performance. His latest work is the prose poem cycle/monologue, Notes Towards a Last Poem.Mike Burns travelled to Portugal to study Fado in 2009 and will play and sing some of his favourites for Voicebox. Also - 10 x 5 min. open mike.Doors open at 7 pm, poetry begins at 7.30.There is a bar and tea, coffee, snacks and cake will be available for purchase.The Fly Trap is a cash only venue.See Voicebox Fremantle on Facebook, or email poets.voicebox@gmail.com . -- on behalf of the Voicebox Collective: Liana Joy Christensen, Sarah Leighton, Nandi Chinna and Josephine Clarke.Voicebox @ The Fly Trap on the LAST Monday of the month, except public holidays, 7.30pm.Tickets $10/$6 available www.flybynight.org or at the door.  Read more...
  • Saturday 18th of January, first open-mike event for 2014 - feature poet Allan Padgett!

    Perth Poetry Club is back for 2014 with feature poet Allan Padgett!Allan Padgett retired from his role as WA State Manager for the Indigenous Land Corporation in October 2009, and returned to poetry's warm and comforting womb soon after. Allan's poems sound as though he was (is) a part-time hippy, some like he lives (has lived) a life of fulsome love, albeit with an occasional twinge of pain and regret. Both conjectures contain more than a grain of truth, but other truths circle, waiting to pounce ….Allan's poems have been published in seven editions of Creatrix – and he has thrice read his poems on 89.7 Twin Cities FM. His favourite hangout is The Moon Cafe on Saturdays.See him perform on Saturday 18th of January at The Moon Cafe. Read more...
  • Saturday 21st of December, poetry for Summer Solstice!

    Jesse the Wind Wanderer, Jaya Penelope, Jacamar Wintersong and Keren Gila Raiter will be putting on an evening of stories, songs and poetry in honour of the Summer Solstice. They will be holding the evening at the beautiful gardens of FERN, the Fremantle Environmental Resource Network, and invite you to join them. When: Saturday 21st December 2013. Cafe opens at 6pm, performance begins at 7.Where: FERN, 26 Montreal Street, FremantleEntry by donationBYO picnic blanketsThis is a storytelling for adults event. Children are welcome at the discretion of their guardian.Enquiries to Shona: 0452452896 / ShonaKaleis@gmail.com  Read more...
  • Cafe Poetry Workshops with Jackson are happening again! 21st of December

    Cafe Poetry Workshops with Jackson are happening again!Leap or tiptoe out of your poetic comfort zone in a supportive group environment with a much-published poet as your guide. Pay as you feel. 10am-12 on Saturday 21 December at Hubbles Yard Cafe, cnr George & Hubble Streets, East Fremantle. Please book in advance.lostpoetjj@gmail.com, 0406 624 578 proximitypoetry.com Read more...
  • 14th of December, OPEN MIKE EXTRAVAGANZA plus performances by Keren Gila Raiter + Sunny Blundell-Wignall and Claire Potter!

    To end the year not only do we have Keren Gila Raiter and Claire Potter, but we have our Open Mike Extravaganza - Extended Open Mike - as many of your poetry gems as you can fit in 5 minutes.  Roll up on the day and be a mini-feature.We also will have a picnic in Hyde Park after the gig to end the year, at one of the rotunda pavilions in the park,  Easiest access is via the Lake Street entrance to Hyde Park.  Perth Poetry Club will provide some pizzas. No donations will be be taken during the gig, so people can bring food/drinks to the picnic. We recess during Christmas and New Year and resume at the Moon Cafe on 18th January 2014 to start another year. *       *       *Keren Gila Raiter and Sunny Blundell-Wignall (pictured left) come together to create a spoken work and musical performance that carries a story and a message and a beat. It’s fun and it’s painful and it’s worth experiencing.Keren Gila Raiter is a conservation ecologist by day and a performance poet by occasional weekend off. She is awed by the natural world and the power of our emotions and stories to give us meaning in an otherwise very mysterious existence. Keren has performed and been published around Australia and has deep connections with Australia, Africa, and Israel. She writes about organisms and evolution, passions and perspectives, and sometimes even love.Keren is delighted to have Sunny Blundell-Wignall’s sensational musical accompaniment.Claire Potter (pictured right) was born in Perth. She has published two chapbooks and her first collection, Swallow, was published by Five Islands Press in 2010. Swallow was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Award for Poetry, the CJ Dennis Victorian Literary Award for Poetry, the Judith Wright ACT Poetry Prize and was highly commended for the Micheal Wesley Wright Poetry Award. She was awarded a Poets Union Young Poet's Fellowship in 2006 and received national poetry awards such as the Tom Collins Award and the Gwen Harwood Poetry Award. Her poems have been published in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, in Best Australian Poems 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and anthologised in Thirty Australian Poets 2013. She lives and works in London.  Read more...
  • Saturday 7th of December, Ron Okely and Theon Yates

    Ron Okely (pictured), born in Bassendean in 1929, developed a childhood love of the river.   Married in 1954, he lived with his family in regional towns including Lake Grace and Port Hedland moving to Maddington in 1971His first book of poems “The Poet and the Stockman’s Hat “ reflects his appreciation of family and friends, his experiences in country Western Australia and as a Social Worker in the Emergency Centre of Royal Perth HospitalHis second book "The Bedroom Door and other poems" highlights life's values, its vision and clarity.  Launched earlier this year, the book celebrates family and friendship.  Be there at the Moon to continue the celebration, with new poems thrown in… Theon Yates is an aspiring young poet.  Theon means godly.  Sometimes people call him Theo, and Theo means brave people and god’s gift.  Either way he is fairly powerful.  Now Yates means gatekeeper.  So is Theon Yates, God’s gatekeeper ?  And if so to which realm does he control the passage to?  Come along to Perth Poetry Club this Saturday to find out more. Read more...
  • Saturday 14th of December, Dotdotdash's farewell and launch party!

    Saturday 14th of December, Dotdotdash's farewell and launch party!Entry: Free, but donations appreciated. Magazine: $10 on the night. (All previous issues of dotdotdash will be available for free)Food and drinks: BYOWhere and When: 26 View Street, North Perth 6006 on Saturday 14th of December at 730pmFurther details: https://www.facebook.com/events/244839562340983/?ref=22 Read more...
  • 30th of November, Dorothy Wylie and Clayton Lin

    30th of November, double feature from Dorothy Wylie and Clayton Lin.Dorothy Wylie has been writing poetry for 75 years, since the age of 14.  Born in WA, her formative years were in the Goldfields.  Her artistic exploits include acting in two movies and being a member of three theatrical groups. She has waited a long time for her poetry to be given voice, and her feature at Perth Poetry Club is proof that it is never too late.Clayton Lin featured as one of the Young Poets of the 2012 WA Poetry Festival, and is noted as a Slammer.  Clayton has performed in WA heats of the Australian Poetry Slams and in Cottonmouth XXV.  He is busy in the arts scene, and is a contributor to Perth Poetry Club not only as a poet (having featured last year) but also as our bookings officer.  He slams about the personal and external affairs  - about “the pain inside” our “ticking time-bombs” and “Here lies the economy, R.I.P”.  Be prepared to hear the next installment at the Moon Café this Saturday.  Read more...
  • Tom Collins Poetry Competition 2013, entries due 15th of December!

    Due 15th of December, Tom Collins Poetry Competition 2013 entries! Get your in ASAP!Find the entry form here, or find all FAWWA competitions at http://fawwa.org.au/category/competitions/Further details below: To all you bards, of whatever stamp or persuasion: GET YOUR POEMS IN TO THETOM COLLINS POETRY COMPETITION 2013 HURRY!  DUE DECEMBER 15! YOU CAN WIN:$1000 (one poet)$400 (one poet)or $150 (four different poets) four poets are also commended with a certificate Send typed entries to:Tom Collins Poetry PrizePO Box 6180Swanbourne WA 6910 Read more...
  • 23rd of November, double feature from Gail Willems

    This week @ Perth Poetry Club, double feature from Heather Taylor Johnson and Gail Willems!***Update: Heather Taylor Johnson will be unable to make it this week. Gail Willems will be performing a double feature.Heather Taylor Johnson (pictured left) is the author of three poetry books – Thirsting for Lemonade (IP 2013) being her latest – as well as the author of the novel Pursuing Love and Death (HarperCollins, 2013). She lectures in English Literature and Creative writing at Flinders University and is the poetry editor for Transnational Literature.Gail Willems (pictured right) is a retired nurse, lives in Mandurah, with a very patient husband, and loves poetry by Dorothy Porter. Winner of Poetry D’Amour 2013, published in Australia, Belgium, N.Z. on Writers Radio 5UV, Jean Cecily Drake-Brockman anthology for Universities, schools and libraries, judged Scribblers Poetry Comp 2013. Guest poet at 'The Supper Club'. Gail's first collection is Blood Ties and Crack-Fed Dreams published by Ginnindera Press and launched November 2013.    Read more...
  • 16th of November, Neil J (BRiLO) Pattinson & mini-feature from Abigail Rose

    This Saturday @ Perth Poetry Club: Neil J (BRiLO) Pattinson & mini-feature from Abigail Rose! Neil J (BRiLO) Pattinson Performer of Spoken Word POEM'z?!!?Poacher of Cackle Berry'z!!Picker of Pennie'z??Embodiment of their ancestral past.Oracal of the Future to come.Draws Breath...HUMAN...zERO. {*:-)  Abigail Rose is an environmental educator, international trip leader, writer and stand-up comedian. She loves Australia, but she's as American as apple pie: she loves soul food, cries in baseball movies, and, yes, she does say "y'all". Her poetry has been commended by Scribblers Mandurah Murray Writers Group and published in this year's annual anthology. She has been soaking up the good life in Perth for the past eight months, but she's returning to the United States, where she divides her time between Illinois and the coast of North Carolina. You can follow her adventures on her blog The View Across Boneyard Creek.   Read more...
  • November & December Lineup

    November/December Lineup @ Perth Poetry Club9th of November -  Christine Della Vedova, Jason Kneebone, Franky Hay (singer) and Splodge.16th of November – Neil J (BRiLO) Pattinson.23rd of November – Gail Willems, Lovisa Appelqvist (Sweden) and Heather Taylor Johnson (South Australia).30th of November – Clayton Lin + TBA.7th of December – Ron Okely14th of December – End of year Mega Open Mike event. See Keren Gila Raiter, Claire Potter & Sunny Blundell-Wignall14th of December – End of Year picnic at Hyde Park after the gig.Recess over Christmas and New Year period.Resumption on 18th of January 2014. Read more...
  • 9th of November, MEGA-GIG @ Perth Poetry Club!

    The 9th of November mega-gig with Christine Della Vedova, Jason Kneebone, Franky Hay and Splodge.Attention please!An important announcement on Christine Della Vedova's behalf.  Rebetika.  Gumption.  Scruples.  Thankyou!Christine Della Vedova is both a published poet and a practising performer. Find her work on http://unevenfloorpoetry.blogspot.com.au/ or the poetry journal, Recoil Four. See her perform at the Perth Poetry Club on a semi-regular basis. Marvel at her teaching skills as she expounds on the job of the English language to little kiddies in a classroom near you. Want to know more? See and hear Christine on Saturday 9th November together withJason Kneebone is a story teller, a joker and a leader of men. He has a ridiculous sense of humour that occasionally gets him into big trouble and yet he can charm the socks off old ladies while standing in the line in the Post Office. Jason is here today to share some of his life stories. Alert! This is a strong language warning!andFranky Hay - an entertainer, a seasoned musician who has performed to large audiences  of 1,000+.  His songs feature on YouTube.  He will play his guitar and sing a song in Karen. Be prepared to be surprised and entertained.  Franky says that “being a Musician is my favourite thing to do in life. I am a Karen singer and song writer… I feel great when the audience sings along with me and enjoys the show.”and finallySplodge has been a unique performer at Perth Poetry Club.  He is a performance poet, writer, interventionist and artist – a dynamic performer with a velvet smooth, yummy as chocolate, voice.  His words will dance through your senses and take you to surprising places!  His poetry has featured on both the written page and nebulous web, but it is best to experience it live, performed by the one we know as SPLODGE… Don't miss this weeks mega-gig @ Perth Poetry Club! Read more...
  • 10th of November, Riders of the Red Steer

    Sunday 10th of November, Riders of the Red Steer!Join FAWWA for the Fremantle Festival Parade on Sunday 10th of November!FAWWA are looking for volunteers to decorate the watercart, dress up and hand out poems during the parade.If you wish to be in the parade with the watercart, YOU MUST be there by 3pm! On Sunday at the Marshalling point, Little High Street Carpark near The Round House (West end of High Street)Contact: Colin Young 0434 860 609 or Peter Bibby 0439 036 860  Read more...
  • 2nd of November, Laneway Poetry Event

    2nd November - Perth Poetry Club is cancelled because the annual Pride Parade is scheduled for the afternoon and the Moon Café is unavailable. However there is an impromptu Laneway Poetry event on the Saturday, organised by Neil J Brilo Pattinson, Helen Janice and Splodge! Where to go: the laneway running parallel between Lake Street and Moir Street off Forbes Road in Northbridge.   The event will run between 2pm and 3pm. Come along to enjoy quality local poetry!  Read more...
  • Poetry Kitchen with poet & editor Jackson

    Poetry Kitchen (now with two timeslots) Tactful feedback, writing experiments, yummy snacks.In Fremantle, with experienced poet & editor Jackson. Tuesdays 10-12 or 1-3, fortnightly from 5 Nov. Pay as you feel. Limited places, book now. lostpoetjj@gmail.com | 0406 624 578More info: proximitypoetry.com/kitchen Read more...
  • 21st of November, Poetry d'Amour

    Thursday 21st of November, Poetry d'Amour 7-9pm!Announcement of the Poetry d'Amour Poetry Prize winners and launch of the 2014 Poetry d'Amour Anthology. Venue: Mattie Furphy House (cnr of Wood and Kirkwood St, Swanbourne)The anthology will be available at the special price of $15 (RRP $19.95) to entrants of the Poetry d'Amour Love Poetry competition.https://www.facebook.com/poetry.damour Read more...
  • 26th of October, Tina Williman

    *** Update: unfortunately Dorothy Wylie is unable to make it this Saturday, so we will have a double feature of Tina Williman!26th of October, double feature poets Dorothy Wylie and Tina Williman at Perth Poetry Club!Dorothy Wylie (pictured left) has been writing poetry for 75 years, since the age of 14.  Born in WA, her formative years were in the Goldfields.  Her artistic exploits include acting in two movies and being a member of three theatrical groups.  She has waited a long time for her poetry to be given voice, and her feature at Perth Poetry Club is proof that it is never too late. Tina Williman (pictured right) is a writer, artist, spirit; blogger at http://beamoonbaby.com; various other things and from time to time none of these things. She recently set up “Talk it Up!” - a semi-regular new poetry evening in Perth dedicated to fresh verse and free expression, and invites everyone to come along. She considers performance poetry a bit of a loophole in good poetry writing and has a lot of fun with it. Read more...
  • Upcoming events @ Perth Poetry Club

    A heads up on events @ Perth Poetry Club for end of October, beginning of November:26th of October - Feature poets Tina Williman and Dorothy Wylie. 2nd of November - Unfortunately this week we have to cancel our gig due to the scheduled Pride Parade in the afternoon. 9th of November - Feature poets Christine Della Vedova, Jason Kneebone, Franky Hay and Splodge.  Read more...
  • 3rd of November, Jennifer Kornberger - site specific spoken word

    Event on 3rd of November: The Artist's Floor Talk by Holly Story and the Poet's Walk with Jennifer Kornberger.At Heathcote on Sunday 3 November at 2.30 pm. Questions and queries contact jennifer.kornberger@gmail.com or phone 9331 1880 www.thewritingconnection,com.au  Read more...
  • 19th of October, feature poet Belowsky

    A LESSON IN BELOWSKYFrom Hollywood to Perth, Belowksy's shows have left audiences spellbound and his gig this Saturday at the Moon Café will make you feel as though you've been probed by a friendly alien.From the written word to his unparalleled live performances, Belowsky's prolific lyrical rants capture the excitement and chaos of modern consumerist culture. Neither a serious outlook or a playful wit can stand alone, but Belowsky has both.  Who can talk about washing machines, dentistry, JFK and a horse race call and pull it off?His dynamic delivery of comedy and poetry will hit your senses as Belowsky crash lands in Northbridge, bringing the world condensed in his mind to leave you spinning on a trip of slamming pop culture.Please note that we plagiarised most of his bio and the pic.  We may get into trouble, but you will anyway when you listen and are entertained by Belowsky this Saturday at the Moon.  Read more...
  • 20th of October, FAWWA Creativity Festival!

    Creativity Festival @ Mattie Furphy House (Cnr. Kirkwood Rd and Clare Copse, Swanbourne)Sunday October 2010 am – 5pmCome to FAWWA's one-day Creativity Festival at Mattie Furphy House and be part of a fun event. The venue is nestled between pine trees next to the north-east corner of Allen Park in Swanbourne in the Heritage Precinct. There will be raffle prizes. Tea and coffee will also be available. Donations welcome. Parking further along Clare Copse and behind Tom Collins House next door.Welcome to Country | Adventures in Storytelling | Story of WA Creative Writing | Jewellery making | Antique Valuations | Poetic Word Remedies | Word Games | Nature Walk | Music in the HollowAll events are free. For more details ring 93844771 Mon and Thur 10 am – 5 pm, or check out their website at www.fawwa.org.au. Or email admin@fawwa.org.au Read more...
  • 12th of October at Perth Poetry Club: Open mike extravaganza!

    12th October at Perth Poetry Club: Open mike extravaganza!Extended Open Mike - as many of your poetry gems as you can fit in 5 minutes.Roll up on the day and be a mini-feature.Best performers as judged by the audience will get a reward (People's Choice). Read more...
  • Kevin Gillam's Masterclass @ KSP Writer's Centre

    Calling all poets! Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in two special days of poetry and music in Kevin Gillam’s Masterclass this October. Details below; to book please ring 9294 1872 or email kspf@iinet.net.au.  Master ClassPoetry with Kevin Gillam‘Matching Mood to Form’ Part 1: Saturday 19 October, 9am—4pmPart 2: Saturday 26 October, 9am—4pm $160 for KSP-members and $195 for non-members (Includes Part 1 and Part 2).* early booking is essential * Over two sessions poets will write in response to a number of stimuli (including live cello music) and draft a number of pieces. Choice of poetic form will be discussed, particularly how it relates to the content and mood of each piece.In week 2, participants will be asked to bring a number of poems begun in week 1, still in draft form, and these will be workshopped and edited.It is hoped that by the conclusion of the two sessions, poets will have at least two or three publishable pieces of work. If time, we will also discuss submitting to journals and ideas for increasing the rate of acceptances. KEVIN GILLAM is a West Australian poet with six books of poetry published. He has appeared at a number of poetry festivals and his poems have won numerous awards, most recently the PCWC Patrons Prize (2012) and the Poetry in Film Prize (2012). Kevin’s 2012 first-prize winning poem in the KSP Poetry Awards ‘softer dark’ was recently published in the Award Winning Australian Writing 2013 (Melbourne Books), and is notably the only WA inclusion. For more details or to book please ring 9294 1872 or email kspf@iinet.net.au or visitwww.kspf.iinet.net.au                                                   Read more...
  • 14th of October, Monday Supperclub!

    Tickets are now on sale for the next Monday Supperclub, 14th of October!Two outstanding acts this month: Singer/songwriter Carl Pannuzzo, part of well-known lunatic quartet Totally Gourdgeous, Carl also performs regularly with his missus, Penny Larkins. However, for supperclub Carl has agreed to make a rare solo appearance. Carl's songs are always insightful, often delicate, sometimes funny and unerringly entertaining. Our spoken word act is well-known local poet and novelist Morgan Yasbincek. Morgan has published three collections of poetry and an acclaimed first novel, liv. Visit summersupperclub.com and follow the link to book your tix!  Read more...
  • October Lineup @ Perth Poetry Club!

    October Lineup @ Perth Poetry Club! 5th of October - Feature poet Andrew Burke 12th of October - Mega event! Everyone is a feature, 5 minutes each. 19th of October - Feature poet Belowsky 26th of October - Double feature Dorothy Wylie and Tina Williman Read more...
  • November Book Launch, Gail Willems

    Perth and Mandurah based award winning poet Gail Willems first poetry collection “BLOOD TIES AND CRACK-FED DREAMS” (published by GINNINDERRA PRESS) will be launched by award winning W.A. poet Annamaria Weldon on Saturday 2/11/2013 at 2pm upstairs in the Pavlich Room at the Fremantle Arts Centre at 2-4.30pm and in Mandurah at Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre on Thursday 14/11/2013 at 6-730pm (cnr Flavia St and Cobblers Rd Falcon) Books on sale at both venues ($18.50 no credit card facilities)All welcome to help Gail launch her 1st poetry collection.Drinks and finger food provided. Read more...
  • 5th of October, Andrew Burke

    We could say what Wikipedia has to say about this week’s feature, Andrew Burke.  But you could just look that up yourselves.  Instead someone else said:Andrew Burke is an Australian writer with publications going back to the 1960s. He has published mainly as a poet, but has also had small plays on the boards, tiny films on the screen and short stories sprinkled over the years. After one career as a Creative Director in advertising, he went into academe in mid-age. He fancies being a ringmaster in a circus next.  His most recent collections Beyond City Limits (Edith Cowan University, 2009), Blue Rose (novel,http://etextpress.com/books.htm) (2010) and QWERTY (Mulla Mulla Press, 2011).Andrew has his own blog site, the excellent http://hispirits.blogspot.com/Make sure you don’t miss Andrew this Saturday - after all there is a circus in town!! Read more...
  • 28th of September, Christopher Konrad

    28th of September, feature poet Christopher Konrad at Perth Poetry Club!Chris has lived in Western Australia his whole life with forty of those years in the hills around Perth. Father and mother were Austrian migrants who moved to WA in the 1950’s. He is married with four adult children.Chris has had a varied working life - first as a tradesman Cabinet Maker completing an apprenticeship with his father. He changed career and worked for the last fifteen years in human services as a counsellor/educator/community development. Chris has had several articles published in journals to do with Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug problems and education.He has completed a Master Social Science (2005) and has a Ph.D in creative writing (2012) Edith Cowan and has had poems published in Thirst , WetInk, Word is Out, Page 17, Prospect, Indigo, Westerly, Island, Staples and Varuna Piccaro Press Anthology, and in the online publications PixelPapers , WA Poets, Creatrix, Swamp and Perigee.Chris has developed a very significant creative writing resume including awards in poetry and short story writing: Tom Collins Prize (poetry) 2009; Creatrix 2009; Spilt Ink 2012 & Todhunter Literary Award (short story) 2012. He has co-written two anthologies: “Amber contains the Sun” (2008) with four other poets and “Sandfire” (Sunline Press, 2012) with two other poets. Read more...
  • 23rd of September, Voicebox at the Fly Trap!

    Voicebox at the Fly Trap this Monday!1 Holdsworth Street, Fremantle. Doors 7pm. $10/$6. Limited open mike.Enquiries or to sign up for voicebox news:  voicebox.poets@gmail.com.  Voicebox is on this Monday 23rd Sept, at 7.30pm at the Fly Trap, Fremantle. Book tickets online through The Fly By Night Club (save queuing!).Go and see Helen Hagemann, Neil J (Brilo) Pattinson and Morgan Yasbincek.  Read more...
  • 21st of September, Dean Meredith

    Dean Meredith - Poet, philosopher, genius.A little bit more is this.He is published in various domestic and international journals. His favourite themes include love, insanity, death and outsiders. Read more...
  • 14th of September, Hessom Razavi

    14th of September, see feature poet Hessom Razavi.Hessom Razavi came to our attention in one of our quarterly mega-open mike events. He then seriously impressed at the WA Poetry Festival multi-lingual event. Hessom is someone to be listened to. His social media history states that he works in ophthalmology (eye care and health), and this has influenced his perspective on life and spoken word. His poetry has been appreciated in the UK, and is now available for our enjoyment.His answer to “How do you eat an elephant?” is “one bite at a time, and invite some friends!”Make sure that you are one of those friends this Saturday. Read more...
  • September - October Lineup @ Perth Poetry Club

    Lineup @ Perth Poetry Club for the remainder of September until mid-October.14th Sept - Hessom Razavi21st Sept - Dean Meredith28th Sept - Chris Konrad5th Oct - Andrew Burke12th Oct - Mega Open Mike Event!  Read more...
  • 7th of September, Danielle Calleja & Larraine Duncan

    7th of September, double feature with Danielle Calleja & Larraine Duncan!Danielle Calleja is an English, Drama and Literacy teacher with a wide range of teaching and life experiences. She has been teaching at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre off and on for years and loves to scribble down her ideas at every opportunity. She has written columns for Shout Magazine and Kids in Perth Paper. Danielle has performed at Poetry Slams and ran and owned a successful comedy lounge for years. Read more...
  • 31st of August, Steven J Finch

    Saturday 31st of August, see feature poet Steven J Finch @ Perth Poetry Club!Steven James Finch was one of the founding members of the Perth Zine Collective and dotdotdash magazine. Currently, he is studying a PhD about time travel, post-Nietzschean ethics and David Foster Wallace. He has a contentious relationship with performance poetry.   Read more...
  • Sad news.

    Sad News. Just to let you know that Sally Clarke passed away last weekend.Her funeral will be held Sat 24th  Aug at 10am at Bowra & O'Dea in Midland. Please see papers for further details.   Read more...
  • 8th of September, Australian Love Poems 2013

    Perth launch of Australian Love Poems 2013!3pm Sunday 8th of September at The Pavlich Room, Fremantle Arts Centre, Finnerty St, Fremantle.For more info: http://inkermanandblunt.com/home/way-back-west-where-it-all-began/ Read more...
  • 31st of August, GATHERINGS @ Banks Reserve Amphitheatre

    Unique event this month, Saturday 31st of August.GATHERINGS @ Banks Reserve Amphitheatre!The journey will start, passing various stalls @ 11:30, music @11:45, arriving back to Earth at 10pm with hopefully a smile :)"Gatherings" was born out of previous street/house fundraisers i.e "Alleypalooza, Yard Stock and Lane Street" which embraced the concept that we can all share and enjoy our communities space, providing artist/s with a platform to express their creativity. This will in it's own way ( we believe and hopefully you ) benefit the growth of Perth's ever expanding arts culture which has in recent times suffered a significant decline in venues.If you like the sounds of this visit https://www.facebook.com/events/507652462638919/ Read more...
  • 24th of August, Ross Jackson

    24th of August, see feature poet Ross Jackson!Ross Jackson is a retired schoolteacher whose poetry has been published in several journals and on websites. Ross is a man of few parts, and not all of those work very well but he is hell bent on self improvement.In 2012 Ross won first prize in the PCWC 600 short story competition and second prize in the Yarram Community Learning Centre poetry competition. Several poems have been commended.Ross writes about suburbia, aloneness, satire, aging, self reflection and dogs (not necessarily in that order). He appreciates the support of his mentors. Read more...
  • Talk It Up! Perth's newest poetry and spoken word evening!

    Talk it Up!!IS Perth's newest poetry and spoken word evening - an experimental forum for fresh verse and free expression!  Come down with your words for open mic from 7pm, plus feature acts. Thurs 5th September Velvet Lounge Mt Lawley 7.30-10.30 $12/8 conc. ...Be entertained or get on stage ... this is YOUR platform! http://tinawilliman.com/talkitup   Read more...
  • 17th August, WA Poetry Festival gig at Perth Poetry Club

    17th August, WA Poetry Festival gig at Perth Poetry Club!  Join us this Saturday for our Mega-gig with inter-state poets, Graham Nunn and P.O., and our own Allan Boyd, Brian Langley, Helen Child, Jaya Penelope, David Vincent Smith, and guest muso poet Danny Gunzburg.  Graham Nunn - a perennial of the Queensland and national poetry scene, his poetry speaks for itself.P.O – Is he mathematical or purely problematical?  Vox poet and evocative?  You have to find out.Allan Boyd – the noted anti-poet, but what is he so anti about? Is it anti-disestablishmentarianism?Brian Langley – a larrikin, a Bush poet, a City poet.  See how all three intertwine.Helen Child – the HelChild to those in the know, but is she really?  Is there a softer side?Jaya Penelope – spiritual, perennial, but suggesting the ephemeral, or is it just life’s simple facts?David Vincent Smith (DVS) –a performance poet, a rapper and filmmaker.  Is he DVS by name alone?  Danny Gunzburg – poet, musician, songster, and member of the lonely hearts club band? Hear him sing. and much much much more, plus open mike...Whatever you do, don’t miss it. Read more...
  • 10th of August, Carolyn Abbs & Colin Young

    This week at Perth Poetry Club: Carolyn Abbs and Colin Young double feature.Carolyn Abbs (pictured above) has published poems in various print and online journals. She won the Visible Ink poetry category (2009) and was Highly Commended in the Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre Patron’s Prize (2012) and Tom Collins Poetry Prize (2012). Carolyn was selected for a FAWWA mentorship with Lucy Dougan in 2013. Her doctorate is from Murdoch University where she taught in the School of Arts for a number of years.Colin Young was born in Perth but has lived overseas in Japan and travelled to Europe, Morocco and Turkey. The poetry of the Greeks, Romans and the French fascinates him as much as English poetry. His themes are love and death in an interlocking combat, time, communication in relationships, people on society's margins, the interconnectedness of everything, and how the path to the mysterious is through the ordinary.  Read more...
  • 19th of August, Marie O'Dwyer & Nandi Chinna at Monday Supper Club

    Monday Supper Club supports independent musicians and wordsmiths.  On the 19th of August Supperclub features Marie O'Dwyer, a young musician with a beautiful voice.Marie is a music teacher and sings originals that cover folk, jazz and soul. She will be joined on stage by French guitarist Leo Ollivier.  Our spoken word performer for August is well-known local poet and essayist Nandi Chinna. Nandi's work has been widely published here and overseas. (http://nandichinna.com.au) Book now at Summersupperclub.com Read more...
  • 3rd of August, Hal Colebatch & Keren Gila Raiter

    3rd of August, another double feature with Hal Colebatch and Keren Gila Raiter.Hal Colebatch has 5 degrees including a PhD. He has published about 25 books ranging from a legal text to a science-fiction series, 3 biographies and 7 volumes of verse. In 2005 his collection "The Light River" won the Premiers' Prize for poetry, and in 2003 he was awarded an Australian Centennary medal for Writing, Law, Poetry and Political Commentary. He has been described by Peter Alexander, Prof. of English at the University of NSW, as among Australia's best writers. His latest fiction books are ther novels "Counterstrike" and "Time Machine Troopers", the latter a sequel to H. G. Wells's "The Time Machine." He writes verse in a variety of forms, including rhyme and free-verse.Keren Gila Raiter (pictured above) weaves experience into spoken words with sounds and movements that will leave you excited, amused, and bearing a new insight into the world that we share. An ecologist and philosopher by training, Keren is awed by the natural world and the power of our emotions and stories to give us meaning in an otherwise very mysterious existence. She has deep connections with Australia, Israel and Tanzania and writes about organisms and evolution, passions and perspectives, culture and countries, and has been published by Mulla Mulla Press and Creatrix. Keren semi-regularly performs and MCs at Perth Poetry Club and has tantalized audiences at numerous places around Western Australia and Israel.  See a preview of Keren’s creations at kerengilaraiter.wordpress.com, but see her live at Perth Poetry Club this Saturday..  Read more...
  • 2013 City of Perth Library Haiku Competition

    City of Perth Library Haiku Competition for 2013.Conditions:Haiku and Senryu will be accepted.Entries must be previously unpublished.Entries are limited to 5 per entrant and must all be on one A4 paper.The name of the poet must be included at the bottom of the page.A separate contact sheet must have name and contact details.The contact sheet must also list the first line of each poem. Font size to be at least  22pt.  Any font style is acceptable.Entries will be judged purely on the text.Any pictures or decorations must fit on the page with the Haiku.Entries close Wed 28 August, 5 pm.  Winners will be announced during the Open Mic session at the Library on Fri 6 September. Submit entries :Post : GPO Box C120 Perth  WA 6839Deliver to the Library : Level 1, 140 William St, PerthEmail: perth.library@cityofperth.wa.gov.au           Emailed poems must be sent as a word document attachment. Prizes : 1st $250, 2nd $125, 3rd $75.Entries will be judged by Maureen Sexton, WA representative - Haiku Oz.By entering, you agree that your name and the poem will be listed on the library blog should you be awarded a prize.       Due to space constraints only the winning haiku will be displayed in the Library.Entries are welcome from everyone, but overseas entries are not eligible for prizes.Entries will not be returned unless accompanied with a stamped, self - addressed envelope. Key points on writing haikuBrevity is a key element in haiku. Around 12 syllables or less is ideal, but up to 17 syllables is okay. Can be read in one breath. Usually written in 3 lines. Uses simple language. No capital letters or punctuation. Usually a juxtaposition of 2 images, but single image is okay. Captures a 'moment in time'. Written in present tense. Has an 'aha' factor.  Read more...
  • 27th of July, Scrutineer of Splodge (Marcus John) & Paul Harrison

    27th of July at Perth Poetry Club: Double feature poets Scrutineer of Splodge (Marcus John) & Paul Harrison.Splodge (pictured left) is an English-born performance poet, writer, interventionist and artist.  He is dynamic.  His voice is velvet smooth, yummy as chocolate.  His words dance through your senses and take you to surprising places!  His poetry has featured on both the written page and nebulous web, but it is best to experience it live…Paul Harrison (pictured right) will be reading from his 2nd book, Corrugator, published by 48th street press earlier this year. His first collection, Meet Me at Gethsemane, was published in 2011 by Mulla Mulla Press. Paul's hobbies include smoking, enso and taking selfies. He would like to make it clear that no one is illegal.  Read more...
  • 21st July, 'Lament - Poetry and Music'

    Lament - Poetry and MusicSunday 21st July 3-6pm Love brings both great joy and great sorrow, and sometimes the same love brings both.  In the spirit of the Portuguese song-tradition of Fado (Fate/Destiny) you are invited to share an afternoon of enjoyable melancholy and music with readings by Tinecke Van der Eecken, Sandie Walker, Shane McCauley and Kevin Gillam (cello) with Terry Farrell (MC). Tickets $10, Concession $8Raft Gallery, 96 Bawden Street, Willagee Limited open mike for poems fitting the theme Read more...
  • 20th of July's double feature poets: Tracy Ryan & Judy Johnson book launch

    Saturday 20th July, double feature poets Tracy Ryan (pictured above) & Judy Johnson.Tracy Ryan was born in Western Australia, but has also lived in the UK and the USA. She has published three novels, most recently Sweet (2008), and seven books of poetry, the latest of which is Unearthed. She has worked in editing, libraries, bookselling and community journalism, and has taught literature and writing at universities in three countries. She has a deep interest in languages and translation.Judy Johnson has published four collections, a chap book and a verse novel 'Jack'.  Her poetry has won major prizes including the Victorian Premier's Award, Wesley Michel Wright prize,  Josephine Ulrick, Val Vallis and Patricia Hackett Awards. Johnson will also be launching her new book 'Stone Scar Air Water' from 4 - 4.30pm!   Read more...
  • Poetry on Beaufort

    Poetry on BeaufortNew poetry group starting up on Beaufort St, Mt Lawley!Are you a poet, poetry enthusiast, or someone with a passion for writing?If so, join the discussion on cutting-edge contemporary free verse poetry!Explore selected poems and take the opportunity to share your own poetry over tea and biscuits.Tuesdays 7.30pm – 9pm@ Beaufort St Community Centre$8 per sessionBookings essentialContact KatePh: 0424 600 671email: poetryonbeaufort@yahoo.com.au    Read more...
  • 13th July's feature poet: Gary De Piazzi

    Gary Colombo De Piazzi holds degrees in Industrial Design and Education, taught Design and Technology in secondary schools, held various administrative roles in education, successfully grew vegetables on a commercial scale using conventional and organic methods, developed and operated a unique soil analysis laboratory and explored earth energies and complementary therapies.In 2003 he became semi retired and embarked on exploring and developing photography and his new interest in poetry. The sense of liberation and creative joy poetry offered captured his attention and instilled a desire to probe the power of words. Whilst he has dabbled with traditional forms he prefers the freedom of free verse and loves to write purely from the heart without constraints of form and syntax, to mix and mesh words to draw an emotion, raise a point, shift a perception.He continues to be involved in various voluntary positions on the executive committees of WA Poets Inc and Creative Connections Art & Poetry Exhibitions.    Read more...
  • Live Poetry at Crow Books, 15 July

    Monday 15 July 2013, 7pm. Crow Books, 900 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park. Hear Coral Carter, Julie Watts, Jackson and Indigo Eli (Adelaide) perform poems from their new books Descended from Thieves (Mulla Mulla Press), Honey & Hemlock (Sunline Press), lemon oil (Mulla Mulla Press), Performance Poets (Fremantle Press) and writing love songs to the moon (Friendly Street Poets). All welcome. Free entry. Light refreshments. Books on sale! Enquiries to Jackson (proximitypoetry.com).    Read more...
  • Juice Bali: songwriting and performance

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  • Stone Scar Air Water: launch of a book by Judy Johnson 20th July

    Glen Phillips will be launching Judy Johnson's new book 'Stone Scar Air Water', published by Walleah Press, after the regular Perth Poetry Club event at the Moon Cafe on Saturday the 20th July.Judy Johnson has published four collections, a chap book and a verse novel 'Jack'.  Her poetry has won major prizes including the Victorian Premier's Award, Wesley Michel Wright prize,  Josephine Ulrick, Val Vallis and Patricia Hackett Awards.The launch will run from approximately 4 to 4:30 pm, and is free entry.         Read more...
  • June-July lineup

    15th June: Cuttlewoman & Dick Alderson   | 22th June: Sandie Walker   | 29th June: Open Mike   | 6th July: Indigo Eli   | 13th July: Gary De Piazzi   | 20th July: Tracey Ryan (double feature) & Judy Johnson, plus Judy Johnson's book launch after the show!   | 27th July: Scrutineer of Splodge (Marcus John) & Paul Harrison   | 17th August: WA Poetry Festival gig at Perth Poetry Club, with local poets Allan Boyd, Brian Langley, Helen Child, Jaya Penelope and  David Vincent Smith, and national poets TT.O and Graham Nunn. Photo: 'Drosera' by Keren Gila Raiter    Read more...
  • Voicebox at the Fly Trap with Jackson and Shane McCauley, 29 July

    Hear the eminent, erudite and entertaining Shane McCauley and the liquid lemon lines of Jackson at Voicebox on Monday 29 July. This is Voicebox’s second gig in their excellent new venue The Fly Trap at 1 Holdsworth Street, Fremantle. Doors 7pm. $10/$6. Limited open mike. Enquiries or to sign up for voicebox news: voicebox.poets@gmail.com.     Read more...
  • Call for web editor

    We are now taking expressions of interest for a new web-editor to maintain and update Perth Poetry Club's website, including this blog. You will need a computer, reliable internet access, and a basic knowledge of computers. We will teach you how to do it (and it is not so hard to learn, even if you have never run a website before).Keren Gila Raiter, who has been web-editing for the club over the past almost-year, is set to spend a lot of her time in the bush over the next 12 months, and needs someone to take over. She says that 'being web-editor is a fun, simple job that takes about an hour a week, and is a great way to be in the know about what's on and what's coming up. Best of all, it can be done in ugg boots on your lounge chair'. The rewards include developing your skills in website management, having first-hand contact with some of the featured guests and other contributors of content to the website, and being part of The Underlords; the organising committee that continues to make Perth's only weekly spoken word event a reality. In doing so, you will be making a direct contribution to arts and culture in perth; providing a space for people to express themselves freely, and develop their poetry and performance skills.To express your interest, please email Keren directly on kerengila{at}gmail.com (replace the '{at}' with @), or talk to Elio or one of the underlords at The Moon.     Read more...
  • 6th July's feature poet: Indigo Eli

    Indigo; n.  (1) poet, artist, writer, performer, and/or workshop facilitator.  (2) co-founder of 'the nameless project' and ‘Spoken Word SA’ (3) three time Australian Poetry Slam national finalist  (4) 2011 Jump mentee  (5) freelance artist and performer  (6) 2013 Friendly St New Poet, ‘writing love songs to the moon’. (7) general maker of well-meaning mischief.  (8) the dye in your jeans. For a more in-depth definition see www.facebook.com/IndigoEli                  Read more...
  • Meet the Poet at Katharine Suzannah Pritchard writers centre

    Judy Johnson is Established Writer-in-Residence at KSP Writers Centre 24 June to 21 July.  Judy Johnson is from NSW and has been writing poetry for twenty years. She has won a number of Australia’s most significant poetry prizes and published three full length collections with another forthcoming in early 2013. In addition she has authored a novel and a verse novel, ‘Jack’ which won the 2007 Victorian Premier’s Award for poetry. In 2011 she was awarded a month long residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland as part of the Alumni exchange program through Varuna Writer’s Centre. The project she will be working on at the KSP centre has been sponsored by an Australia Council Literature Board New Work Grant. Monday, 8 July, 1.00-3.00pm, at KSP Writers’ Centre Judy Johnson will feature as a special guest at this event. Seize this fantastic opportunity to meet Judy while she’s in WA and talk poetry. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. All welcome. http://kspf.iinet.net.au     Read more...
  • notices

    Live Poetry at Crow Books Monday 15 July 2013, 7pm. Crow Books, 900 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park. Hear Coral Carter, Julie Watts, Jackson and Indigo Eli (Adelaide) perform poems from their new books Descended from Thieves (Mulla Mulla Press), Honey & Hemlock (Sunline Press), lemon oil (Mulla Mulla Press), Performance Poets(Fremantle Press) and writing love songs to the moon (Friendly Street Poets). All welcome. Free entry. Light refreshments. Books on sale! Enquiries to Jackson (proximitypoetry.com). Uneven Floor wants poems!Perth-based online poetry magazine Uneven Floor wants well-written poems with soul. WA-based poets are particularly encouraged to send work. Check it out at unevenfloorpoetry.blogspot.com   Read more...
  • 29th June at Perth Poetry Club: Open mike extravaganza!

    Extended Open Mike - as many of your poetry gems as you can fit in 5 minutes. Roll up on the day and be a mini-feature. Best performers as judged by the audience will get a reward (People's Choice).      Read more...
  • 22nd June feature poets: David Vincent Smith and Sandie Walker

    David Vincent Smith (aka DVS) is a performance poet, rapper and filmmaker. He says 'you will probably hate him because he's about to take food from your plate or your table water'... is that a metaphor, d'you think? Hmm. Anyway yr blog editor would gladly share her food and water with DVS if it helps him get his words on. His PIC is a mic.  What more do you need. Amplifyic, Dynamic, or simply DVS. Sandie Walker is an emerging poetry voice.  Her words featured in this year’s Poetry d’Amour anthology and in the Valentine’s Day performance at the Perth Zoo Japanese Gardens. Listen to her Love (and other) poems this Saturday at Perth Poetry Club.   Read more...
  • 15 June feature poets: Cuttlewoman and Dick Alderson

    Cuttlewoman collected herself in solitude in forest walks and lonely evenings. She lives reluctantly in Perth, forced to support her creator to survive university. Cuttlewoman likes inventing words, Shakespeare, Charles Darwin and Sylvia Plath. Her poems are often about unrequited love--both sexual and planetary. Her poem, Eff, a peri-apocalyptic vision of women making flowers to appease nature, featured in a recent Perth exhibition, Fingers and Petals, curated by Nalda Searles and Judy-Mary Seward.   Dick Alderson is a member of OOTA, and his work has appeared in Blue Dog, Indigo, Westerly and Famous Reporter, anthologies such as EmPowa and The Weighing of the Heart, and was commended in the Tom Collins Poetry prize 2009. He participated in the Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre Workshops last Year. He is said to be ‘a poet of  the land, the city and elegant observations’.          Read more...
  • 8th June's feature poet: Afeif Ismail

     Afeif Ismail  Unfortunately, Kerry Loughrey will not be able to join us.   Read more...
  • 21st June: Stories to Warm Longest Night

    Come gather round the hearth this winter solstice to be warmed by yule stories, music, spiced wine and chai. We'll keep the story light aflame with stories on the theme of winter, light and rebirth told by West O' The Moon, Jesse the Wind Wanderer, Keren Gila Raiter and Shona Kaleis. And as an extra special winter treat we will have the exquisite music of Gosia Winter, fresh from Berlin.  Where: Raft Gallery, 96 Bawdan Street, WillageeWhen: 21st June 2013; We will begin at 7:30 and go til late...Tickets: $15/$10 unwaged, available at the door. Please note this is storytelling for adults and may contain adult themes, children are welcome at their parent's discretion     Read more...
  • Poets in the Library at Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre

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  • 1st June's feature poet: Zan Ross

    Zan Ross has been featured in all the usual Australian journals plus a few in the US, Canada, France, Romania and several on-line zines.  She has had two collections of poetry published: B-Grade through Monogene Press and Enpassant through Fremantle Arts Centre Press, as well as the chapbook, “Je ne sais quoi” through Vagabond Press. There have been a few residencies and prizes, but who really cares about that ... She hopes to keep writing until she falls off her perch.   Read more...
  • May - June feature poet lineup

    4th May: Mike Greenacre & Caitlin Mahony   |11th May: Ron Barton & Ron Okely  | 18th May: Amber Fresh & Robin Daglish   | 25th May: Jackson & Dr Jaydeep Sarangi   | 1st June: Zan Ross   | 8th June: Afeif Ismail & Kerry Loughrey   | 15th June: Cuttlewoman & Dick Alderson   | 22th June: David Vincent Smith   | 29th June: Open Mic   | 13th July: Gary De Piazzi   | ... 20th July: Tracey Ryan 17th August: WA Poetry Festival gig at Perth Poetry Club, with local poets Allan Boyd, Brian Langley, Helen Child, Jaya Penelope and  David Vincent Smith, and national poets TT.O and Graham Nunn.        Read more...
  • 25th May's feature poets: Jackson and Jaydeep Sarangi (Calcutta)

    Jackson seeks poems that work whether declaimed loudly or whispered in the mind. Never a closet poet, she has always written with an audience in mind, and her second collection "Lemon Oil", launched just last Sunday, is an example of this.  She will be performing this Saturday at the Moon Café from this new collection.  According to poet Claire Potter, "Lemon Oil" is "fiery, bold and brave".  Those at Perth Poetry Club know her to be nothing but, and we are not about to be disappointed...   Jaydeep Sarangi is a bilingual writer, academic, editor and translator. He is the author of a number of significant publications (including twenty eight books) on Postcolonial issues, Indian Writing in English, Australian Literature Marginal Literature and Sociolinguistics in reputed international journals and magazines. Dr Sarangi is the editor of New Fiction Journal (a refereed journal). He  has delivered keynote addresses in several national and international seminars and conferences and read his poems in different continents. He is on the editorial board of ten international refereed journals in different shores. He is the Vice President, GIEWEC  (Guild of Indian English Writers, Editors & Critics ,head office at Kerala, India) and one of the founder members and the Vice President of SPELL (Society for Poetry, Education, Literature and Language) Kolkata. Dr. Paula Hayes (USA) in her Introduction to one of his books of poems comments, “a few of Jaydeep’s poems reach toward asking metaphysical questions.” Professor Dora Sales of University Jaume I, Castellón, Spain comments, “As we all know, India has a rich literary tradition. Jaydeep Sarangi is a splendid member of this endless family. Truly, a poet of note.” He delivered lectures at the University of Wollongong, and University of New South Wales, in October—November 2012. He is the author of three poetry collections; reviewed extensively in different parts of the world. Jaydeep Sarangi teaches English literature and language at Jogesh Chandra Chaudhuri College (University of Calcutta), Kolkata, India.     Read more...
  • This Sunday: the launch of Jackson's new book, Lemon Oil

    The founder of Perth Poetry Club, and one of the most inspiring and dynamic poets in Perth is about to launch another book of poetry to challenge and delight:  Read more...
  • 18th May's feature poets: Amber Fresh and Robin Daglish

    Amber Fresh was born in Kalgoorlie. Her poetry has been published in Westerly, Navigations, The Cottonmouth Zine, The Ponies, MoTHER [has words...], Metior, and online at Regal 8//Shelf 8 and Another Lost Shark, and probably several others. Amber's first book of poetry, “Between You and Me”, was published through funding from the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is a wonderful first collection. (Elio has it on his bathroom shelf, stacked between Rumi and Kerouac.)Amber is editor of numerous publications and zines, and will be showcased in a forthcoming publication by Fremantle Press entitled “Fremantle Poets 3: Performance Poets”, described as ‘… a poetry collection that celebrates words as living forces, flowing communally between and through us.’ See her showcase at the Moon this Saturday…  Robin DaglishRobin, on his web site, states that he spent his working life as a builder in southern England, now retired and after living in Weymouth, Dorset for 14 years, he landed up near Brighton (UK), and now in PerthHe wasted the first decades of his life thinking poetry was a soppy irrelevance, then he read the dedicatory poem in T.E. Lawrence’s ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom’, and in his words…“I woke up: this is a poem about love and how the sorry history of the Middle East could have been different.”He has been writing poetry now for 20+ years.  His poetry has been widely published:as part of the Harbour Poets, in the anthology ‘Essential Journey’ in 2009.in poetry magazines – Orbis, South, Sentinel, H.Q. Poetry, Pulsar, Krax, Borderlines and the final edition of Fire magazine.The poem ‘Weymouth Dawn’ is the title poem of his first collection (see the PIX).Look forward to seeing him perform….      Read more...
  • Peter Cowan Writers' Centre Advanced Poets Workshop Series

     2013-4 Peter Cowan Writers' Centre Advanced Poets Workshop Series Session times: 1.30 – 4.30 pm2013 dates:   15 June, 20 July, 17 August, 21 September,                            19 October, & 16 November2014 dates:  15 March, 19 April, 17 May, 21 June & 19 July PCWC’s 2011 and 2012 Advanced Poets Workshops culminated in two anthologies Sunlight of Ordinary Days and Breath of the Sea. Our 2013-14 series will consist of eleven, monthly workshops for emerging and published poets to continue to develop their poetry practice. The series will feature published and experienced poets/poetry teachers as guest facilitators. 15 June                   Glen Phillips: Introduction to the series - Poetry and Place                               A workshop that looks at poetry as an expression of place. 20 July                     Jackson: Writing for the Ear (TBC)                               Focusing on assonance, line break, repetition and rhythm. 17 August               Andrew Lansdown: Alternative poetic forms                               Exploring traditional Japanese poetic forms of haiku, gunsaku, tanka and choka.  21 September         Dennis Haskell: Metre and Rhythm (TBC)                              Exploring the English metres and the relationship between metre and rhythm.  19 October             Vivienne Glance: Performance Poetry and the Sound or Language                              Focusing on the importance of rhythm, voice and breath in performing poetry. 16 November         Shane McCauley: Imagery (TBC)                              Exploring the types of metaphor, and literal, figurative and allusive imagery. 15 March                Andrew Burke: Revision, rethinking, rewriting (TBC)                              How to polish the Vision, untangle the Thought, and fine-tune the Statement.                              19 April                  Liana Joy Christensen: The Poem as an Animal                              Examining classic animal poems and how they achieve their effect.  17 May                   Lucy Dougan: Sustaining Your Creative Practice (TBC)                              Using fragments from a favourite poem, novel, film, song lyric, or painting as the basis for new work. 21 June                   Kevin Gillam: Inspiration or matching form and mood                              How do we keep ourselves creatively alive and alert as poets? 19 July                    Glen Phillips: Tradition and individual talent. What have you gained? Publishing.                               Poetry is a conversation between the poet-in-the-now and poets who have gone before. Bring two poems from your favourite poet to write your own response. Admission to the course will be via a selection process.  Applicants must send ? poems and a one-page poetry resume with their registration to be considered for this course. Applicants who are not selected for the course will receive a full refund on fees paid.  Final Registrations will close on 1 June 2013Early bird special - register by 16 May 2013:   Members $400   $465 Non-members Thereafter:  PCWC Members: $425             Full-time Students: $460       Non-members: $490 To APPLY: Complete the application form and return with your poetry submission to:Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre Inc., PO Box 239, Joondalup  WA  6919 Phone:  (08) 9301 2282, e: cowan05@bigpond.com, w: www.pcwc.org.au   Read more...
  • Expressions of Interest invited for Perth Poetry Club's guest bookings coordinator

    The wonderful Robbie Wood, who has been managing Perth Poetry Club's feature poet lineup since late last year, is off to Melbourne (is he chasing a girl?).We need an organised person who is passionate about keeping the magic of Perth Poetry Club alive to manage the bookings of the club's feature poet lineup.The time commitment is minimal but regular, and you'd need to have some access to internet and phone. The rewards include being the first-hand contact with all of the emerging and established artists that Perth Poetry Club hosts (including many international and interstate poets), having a high level of influence on the lineup, and being part of the Underlords; the organising committee that continues to make Perth's only weekly spoken word event a reality. In doing so, you will be making a direct contribution to arts and culture in perth; providing a space for people to express themselves freely, and develop their poetry and performance skills.To find out more (without obligation), please contact Elio of Perth Poetry Club at perthpoetryclub@gmail.com or on 0417 345 863.     Read more...
  • 11th May's feature poets: Double Ron

    Ron Barton works with words in his job as an English teacher but writes with wit and whimsy in his spare time. His first book of poetry, If God is a Poet, was published by Ginninderra Press in 2012 and this year he was a part of the inaugural edition of Tincture Journal. A combatant in the 2012 WA Poetry Slam, Ron is just starting to explore the open-mic scene.      Ron Okely, born in Bassendean in 1929, developed a childhood love of the river.   Married in 1954, He lived with his family in regional towns including Lake Grace and Port Hedland moving to Maddington in 1971His first book of poems “The Poet and the Stockman’s Hat “ reflect his appreciation of family and friends, his experiences in country Western Australia and as a Social Worker in the Emergency Centre of Royal Perth Hospital His second book "The Bedroom Door and other poems" highlights life's values, its vision and clarity.  Launched this week, the poetry book celebrates family and friendship.  Be there at the Moon to celebrate...     Read more...
  • Poem Clinic with Jackson 10am Sat 11 May

    Don’t abandon your sick and injured poems — bring them in for a group healing session. Some poems just need cosmetic surgery; some need deep healing. In a supportive friendly group we will explore what works and what doesn’t work in our poems and what to do about it. Please bring writing materials and two or three poems. 10am to 1pmSaturday 11 May 2013Mattie Furphy House, Allen Park Heritage Precinct, 88 Wood Street, Swanbourne. Pay as you feel. Bookings: lostpoetjj@gmail.com, 0406 624 578 Mattie Furphy’s is the more southerly of the two houses at the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA.     Read more...
  • 4th May's feature poets: Mike Greenacre and Caitlin Mahony

    Mike Greenacre is a Western Australian poet who has had his poems published in literary journals and anthologies and read on radio in Australia and overseas. He is a teacher and has taught in The Kimberleys and The Goldfields before teaching in Perth schools in WA. He has published two collections of poetry: Kimberley Man (2002) and Beacon Breaker (2010). He is married to Tracy and they have a son Jonathan (24) and a daughter Jaime (22).    Caitlin Mahony is a Perth based writer. Originally from Geelong, she has visited and lived in various places before eventually finding herself here in Perth. A closest writer for many years, Caitlin has recently found confidence in herself as a writer through The Perth Poetry Club. With the support of all of you talented people she is finally coming out of the closet, so to say.       Read more...
  • 27th April's feature poets: Elio Novello and Thomas Chandler

    Web-editor's note: on Friday my home was burgled and my laptop, amongst other things, was stolen. On Saturday it appeared at my front door, undamaged, and it is by virtue of it being returned that I was able to update this blog. To the robber/s: breaking in and stealing all that you did was a horrible thing to do, but i do appreciate your efforts in returning the laptop. I would appreciate it if you could return everything else too. May you find a way in life that fulfills you and does not hurt others.   - Keren Gila Raiter Elio Novello has been writing poetry,or trying to (his words), for a little over four years.  His poems are reflective on life, with emphasis on the importance of journey, but recognising that there is an inevitable destination that all of us will experience in our lives.  Elio is used to having God as a sparring partner, and there is an underlying environmental/ political edge to Elio’s poetic commentary at times.      Thomas Murray Chandler originates from the UK, but has made Perth his home in recent years.  He uses the middle name, Murray, because he has to compete with a more famous namesake who is a poet laureate but that has not deterred Thomas.   He performs nearly every Saturday at the Moon Café open mic.  With quirky outlook on life and a lap-top delivery, he is an enthusiast of the haiku/senryu genre.  So be primed to hear this and much more.       Read more...
  • 20th April feature poets: John Ryan and Caroline Sambridge

    Caroline Sambridge is a poet of earthy comic rhyme.  Caroline says:  "I am a bush poet who has lived all over australia. I write about all sorts of subjects and crazy characters." (Don't let the lowercase fool you.)  Caroline is an admirable performer and her poetry can confound and astound at the same time.  So be prepared to be delighted and confused, but always be in awe of her words.   John Ryan is a writer whose botanical poetry explores what he calls the inherently mysterious nature of the plant world. John recently collaborated with Ellen Hickman (botanical illustrator) to produce the book,Two with Nature, that succeeds in fusing art and science, words and images in order to stimulate new ways of knowing the green world.  John's poetry is a pleasure to listen to.  Stealing from a 2012 review of his work:  John Ryan is a doctoral candidate at Edith Cowan University where he has been working on a thesis called Plants, people and place: cultural botany and the Southwest Australian flora. Thesis chapters have been published in Australian Humanities Review, Continuum and Nature and Culture. His poetry has appeared in Bukker Tillibul, dotdotdash, Yellow Field, Landscapes and ekleksographia. In 2012, he will be published in the collection Fremantle poets 3: performance poets. He lives near Forrestdale Lake, Western Australia.      Read more...
  • 13th April at Perth Poetry Club: Launch of Recoil 4

    Perth Poetry Club is pleased to host the launch of Mulla Mulla Press's new zine, Recoil 4. Recoil 4 showcases some of the favourites from the feature poets that performed at Perth Poetry Club in 2012, from Perth and around the world.Coral Carter of Mulla Mulla Press will be in town from beautiful Kalgoorlie to launch the zine, and Jaya Penelope, Chris Conrad, Jo Clarke, Vivienne Glance, Dennis Hasskell, Ron Okely and other poets to be confirmed will perform some of their poems from the zine.Recoil 4 will be on sale for $3. Bargain!      Mulla mullas flowering in their native habitat   Read more...
  • Voicebox April

       Clancy's Fish Pub,  Fremantle 51 Cantonment St Poets and songwriters,Monday 8th April, 7.45pm startFriendly Freo vibe Donation $5/$3 conc. April's Guests Conor McCarthy was born in Boston, and educated at the University of Notre Dame, from which he graduated magna cum laude with English Honors and minor in Irish Studies, and at which he was privileged to study under acclaimed poet and Cave Canem founder Cornelius Eady. He is the Young Alumni Representative on the Notre Dame Irish Advisory Council.He spent the 2008-2009 academic year at Trinity College Dublin, where he read in English, Irish, and Political Science. His year in Ireland provided the provenance for much of his poetry, readings of which he has given in both the United States and Ireland. He is the coauthor, with Patricia McMahon, of the award winning children’s book, Just Add One Chinese Sister.  Patricia McMahon, a native New Yorker, is the author of fourteen books which have been published to much acclaim. Her work has been recognized by the International Board of Books for Young, the Smithsonian Institution, and has been nominated for numerous State awards. She takes particular pride in being a finalist for the Georgia Peach award. Her books include non-fiction explorations of the lives of real children in places as diverse as Korea, Northern Ireland and Martha’s Vineyard, as well as novels, and the picture book Just Add One Chinese Sister. Her writing has been called “powerful and provocative” as well as “unique and side-splitting hilarious.” Her creative life was determined by a fateful encounterwith Pippi Longstocking. Patricia has a Masters degree in Children’s Literature from The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature and has taught University classes in creative writing and children’s literature. She has also been a bookseller, worked in publishing at Little, Brown and Co., and is a past president of the Foundation for Children’s Books, and lived all over the world in parts of America, Asia, Africa and now luckily, Australia. Read more...
  • 6th April: Annamaria Weldon and Helen Hagemann

    Annamaria Weldon’s writing goes to the world’s edge where flora, fauna, poetry and other wild things grow. At Perth Poetry Club she will read from her popular collection The Roof Milkers (Sunline Press 2008) and from her forthcoming nature book, to be published by UWAP in 2013/14. Annamaria has won the Creatrix, Ena Taylor and Tom Collins Poetry Prizes and was short-listed in the ABR’s latest Peter Porter Poetry Prize.        Helen Hagemann's first literary collection “Evangelyne & Other Poems” was published by the Australian Poetry Centre in their New Poets Series 2009.  She recently completed a new collection which is forthcoming in August 2013 with Sunline Press.           Read more...
  • Poem Clinic with Jackson at Mattie’s 10am Sat 11 May 2013

    Don’t abandon your sick and injured poems — bring them in for a group healing session. Some poems just need cosmetic surgery; some need deep healing. In a supportive friendly group we will explore what works and what doesn’t work in our poems and what to do about it. Please bring writing materials and two or three poems.10am to 1pmSaturday 11 May 2013Mattie Furphy House, Allen Park Heritage Precinct, 88 Wood Street, Swanbourne.Pay as you feel: if you're able to pay, please pay something you think is fair and that you can afford.Please book with Jackson. lostpoetjj@gmail.com, 0406 624 578, proximitypoetry.com.Mattie Furphy’s is the more southerly of the two houses at the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA.    Read more...
  • 30th March: Open Mike Extravaganza

     Open Mike for Five MinutesAs many of your poetry gems for 5 minutes.Roll up on the day and be a mini-feature.Best two performers as judged by the audience will get a reward (People's Choice).The soundman on the day will also surprise on this extended Open Mike day.       Read more...
  • 23rd March: Tim Metcalf and Scott-Patrick Mitchell

    Tim Metcalf is a country doctor whose work has appeared in poetry publications over the last 25 years. Although his medical poetry has been published here and overseas, he mostly writes on other subjects. His 2006 award-winning anthology of clinician-poets Verbal Medicine has been featured on Radio National’s Poetica, and is the top-selling poetry title for Ginninderra Press. His most recent collection is The Effective Butterfly.    Scott-Patrick Mitchell is a poet, writer and fashion blogger. He is completing a PhD in Performance Poetry, exploring processes of writing, performing and transcending the poetical on stage. Mitchell has won both the Press Press Chapbook Award and Perth Poetry Slam and is published through Fremantle Press, Black Rider Press and now Mulla Mulla Press, who will shortly be releasing his new chapbook, the rutting season. For further information visit either scott-patrickmitchell.com or www.outrageous-adventures.com.      Read more...
  • Lineup March - June 2013

    23/3: Tim Metcalf, Scott-Patrick Mitchell |30/3: Open Mic |6/4: Annamaria Weldon, Helen Hagemann |13/4: Recoil 4 Launch |20/4: Caroline Sambridge, John Ryan |27/4: Elio Novello, Thomas Chandler |4/5: Mike Greenacre, Caitlin Mahony|11/5: Ron Barton |18/5: Amber Fresh, Robin Daglish |25/5: Jackson - double feature |1/6: TBA |8/6: Afeif Ismail, Kerry Loughrey |15/6: Penny Wood |22/6: David Vincent Smith |29/6: Open Mic feature |     Read more...
  • McDougall Park poetry event

     WA Poets Inc. in association with the City of South Perthpresent a free poetry event Saturday 23rd March 3 till 6pmMcDougall Park, Clydesdale Street, South Perth Featuring Mar Bucknell (MC), Gary de Piazzi, Annamaria Weldon, Sue Clennell, Jan Napier, Dennis Haskell, Kevin Gillam, Peter Bibby, John McBain, Michael Pedrana, and Dean Meredith. There will be a two-hour reading at the rear of McDougall House from 3 till 5 with poets reading for up to ten minutes each, followed by a stroll along the park’s poetry walk, where each poet will perform a single nature poem.    Read more...
  • Calling all poets - have your work possibly seen by thousands

    CALLING ALL POETS - HAVE YOUR WORK POSSIBLY SEEN BY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE Trove is currently seeking submissions for Poets' Corner, a poetry initiative of the UWA Cultural Precinct.The aim of Poets' Corner is to encourage poets to publish short works of poetry in an unusual space. Poets' Corner, in particular, showcases poetry on the large digital sign located on the corner of Mounts Bay Road and Hackett Drive. Trove would like to invite members of the Perth Poetry Club to submit poetry to Poets' Corner. Poems can be submitted on an ongoing basis throughout the year.Please visit the link below for a sample of previous publications and submission guidelines: http://www.trove.arts.uwa.edu.au/poets-cornerFor enquiries please contact Louisa at wul06@student.uwa.edu.au      Read more...
  • 16th March: feature poets Ned Wolf and Steve

    Ned Wolf is a writer and natural healer residing in Perth for 8 years.  His first volume of poetry, Sailing On a Banshee Wind, includes poems celebrating healing, acts of creation and even some childhood poems written over 40 years ago.  Ned's passions move him to write about the joys of discovering our innate powers as unique individuals.  He challenges himself to have fun discovering just how great each is.        Steve, aka SAWBUZZ, aka Steve aka H-Arp/JC the Pervert"?!!? "is an alien". Apparently nothing else needs to be said. According to our Underlord honcho Elio, "He has been a semi-regular at the Perth Poetry Club, and is known for his interesting and off-beat performance.  He can truly amaze you with his poetry gems.  So be prepared to be challenged and pleasantly surprised."     Read more...
  • 9th March guitar, vocals & cello: Kevin Gillam and Danny Gunzburg

     Kevin Gillam is a West Australian poet with three books of poetry published, Other Gravities (2003) and Permitted to Fall (2007) both with Sunline Press and songs sul G in 'Two Poets' (2011) with Fremantle Press. He works as Director of Music at Christ Church Grammar School. As a cellist, he has performed with Danny Gunzberg on a number of occasions, most recently at the Poetry d'Armour evening at the Perth Zoo.    Danny Gunzberg has been writing poems since he was thirteen and songs since he was fifteen. His work appears in Verandah, Going Down Swinging, Fremantle Arts Review and other periodicals. In 1995 Danny was appointed Emerging-Writer-In-Residence at The Katherine Sussanah Prichard Writers’ Centre. In 2005 he published his first book of poems, which sold out of two print runs in under a year and is currently in its third run. Danny has also made and sold several albums of his acoustic and electric music.      Read more...
  • New York New York: a history in 20 minutes

    Spoken voice performance at the Art Gallery of WA:New York New York: a history in 20 minutesLet us take you on humorous and thought-provoking journey through the history of New York. Listen to the stories behind some of the most striking images from the MoMA exhibition Picturing New York: the people, the place, the culture, the art, the celebrities, the music, the city-scape. Visit the exhibition either before or after you see the show, and see the photographs in a new light. New York New York is a quick-fire narrative, from New Netherland in 1609 through to metropolis, to 20th century world city, and the Twin Towers. It celebrates the rise and rise of New York, from outpost of empire to the world’s most famous city. You’ll see digital projections of images included in Picturing New York, which is in the same building as the performance. You’ll find out how New York built the world’s first and tallest skyscrapers, how the city cleaned up its mean streets for tourists—and why so many stars and wannabes went to take a walk on the wild side in the Big Apple. The show is suitable for anyone who wants to know more about New York and how it became the world’s number one city. Original music and digital soundscape arranged and performed by Joanna Neave.Spoken voice written and delivered by Alan Hancock.Images sourced from the MoMA touring exhibition Picturing New York Performance details:20 minute show with no intervalThe Manhattan Lounge, Art Gallery of WA, Northbridge Cultural CentreMarch 22nd and April 26th 2013Shows at 7.30 and 8.00 pm each night (exhibition closes at 10 pm)Admission is included in the cost of entrance to the exhibition -Adult $19, Concession $16, School students $7Enquiries: 9337 4136 or freeflow@iinet.net.auGeneral information: 9492 6600      admin@artgallery.wa.gov.auhttp://www.picturingnewyork.artgallery.wa.gov.au/whats-on/     Tickets from the Art Gallery, or call 132 849:  ticketek.com.au     Read more...
  • Bali writing retreat

    Bali writing retreat, 5 days in July 2013 - details at www.alan-hancock.com    Read more...
  • Lineup March-April 2013

    2nd March: Allan Boyd, Alan Hancock |9th March: Kevin Gillam, Danny Gunzburg |16th March: Ned Wolf, Steve |23rd March: Tim Metcalf, Scott-Patrick Mitchell |30th March: Open Mike |6th April: Annamaria Weldon |13th April: Recoil 4 Launch |    Read more...
  • March 2nd: Allan Boyd, Allan Hancock

    At the age of nine, Dr Alan Hancock was the narrator for his primary school nativity play. He’s never been the same since and has felt himself drawn to reading things out in public. In recent years he’s managed to move away from Bible stories and writes his own material. Some of this has been published in magazines and broadcast by the ABC and BBC.          Read more...
  • Poetry cafe with Jackson

     Leap or tiptoe out of your poetic comfort zone in a supportive group environment. Express yourself. Generate ideas. Learn more about what poetry can do. If you’re already writing poetry, try something new. If you’re not — time to start! Every workshop is different.When? 10am-12 on Saturdays 19 Jan, 23 Feb, 23 Mar, 13 Apr 2013Where? State Library Cafe, Perth Cultural CentrePay As You FeelWhat this means: If you are able to pay, please pay an amount you think is fair and that you can afford. If you are not able to pay please come anyway. Please book in advance, because the cafe need to know numbers.Please contact Jackson to book or to find out more. If you would like to pay in advance, ask her for details. Please bring writing materials, an open mind and a sense of adventure. Refreshments be may purchased from the cafe. Read more...
  • February 23: Louise Evans and Jennifer Compton

    Louise Gillian Evans: The Poet Floreate.Having been sent to an English boarding school, Louise’s life-long love affair with words came about through letter writing ~ the only contact with the outside world. She soon discovered that the longer and more interesting the letters you sent out, the longer and more interesting letters you got in return. Humour, fiction and poetry writing was really just a natural progression from those formative years.   Jennifer Compton lives in Melbourne and has had work published all over the world and has read at many festivals including - the Sydney Poetry Festival, the Genoa Poetry Festival, Sarajevo Poetry Days,  the Queensland Poetry Festival and the WA Poetry Festival.  Last year her book, Barefoot, was shortlisted for the John Bray Award at the Adelaide Festival, and her chapbook, Ungainly, came out from Mulla Mulla Press.           Read more...
  • February 12: Indigo and Candy Royale

    Indigo's poetry has flown freely across stages in Adelaide, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, at the Sydney Opera House and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her words have been caged in a growing number of journal and anthology pages, and won her a modest flock of poetry slams. A three time National Poetry Slam finalist Indigo will be publishing her first collection of written work this year. When not writing, Indigo passes time collecting budgie feathers and attempting to run away with the circus.     Candy Royalle is a performance artist and poet who fuses cinematic storytelling, poetry and unique vocal rhythms with confronting, political and heart thumping content. She has been published in numerous anthologies and has been the recipient of a number of awards and nominations including winner of the 2012 World Poetry Cup and the 2012 Austin International Poetry Festival Excellence Award.Photo credit: www.nicolabailey.com.      Read more...
  • Valentine’s Day: Poetry d’Amour at Perth Zoo

    Looking for a present for that someone special? Why not treat them to a night of poetry under the stars at the Japanese Garden on Valentine’s Day. From sonnets to ballads, nothing says, “I love you” like poetry. WA Poets Inc. is pleased to present the talented, heart-warming, national performance poet Candy Royale and local poets Terry Farrell with Kufig Tulid, Keren Gila Raiter, Kevin Gillam, Jackson, Annamaria Weldon and others in a poetry presentation that will be supported by live music and visual art projections that promises to be the highlight of your Valentine’s Day. Purchase a picnic hamper or BYO and enjoy the talents of some of Australia’s best poets as they take you on a journey through the many facets of love in the romantic setting of a star-lit Japanese Garden at Perth Zoo. You can also purchase the anthology, and have a poem dedicated to your loved one - see here for details. Doors open and music begins at 6 pm; come with a picnic or opt for VIP tickets which will entitle you to cocktails with the poets before the show. The show begins at 7. Buy your tickets at www.fringeworld.com.au/program/event/19bf9f7c-8442-4385-84d1-f22a0ced6868/(To obtain members (mates) rates enter WAPI in the promo box) $4 from every ticket sold goes to the Perth Zoo Wildlife Conservation Action Fund Click here to download the Poetry d’amour poster    Read more...
  • BOOK LAUNCH: Breath of the Sea: 10 Eclectic Poets of the Peter Cowan Writers Centre

     This Sunday 10 Feb, 12 noon for lunch with poetry readings from 1pm Venue: the marquee between Peter Cowan’s Writer’s Centre and the Picture Pines Fllm Garden at ECU Joondalup   Read more...
  • February 9: Anna Kiss-Gyorgy, Ben Mellor and Emily Andersen

    This coming saturday is set to be very special, with three fantastic feature poets, including two that are in Perth performing in the Fringe Festival:Anna Kiss-Gyorgy has been a lover of words all her life. While her mum forced her into piano lessons, instead of practicing scales she wrote her first short story about Mozart coming to teach her to play.  And it was the creative power of words that saved Anna from a potentially lethal phd topic – an umpteenth re-reading of Fitzgerald made her realise she didn’t want to write a phd in social theory.Anna's immersion in both Hungarian and English has meant that she has had the good fortune to access works from both cultures, and it is this search for a true home, for belonging, that informs most of her work now: poems and vignettes about her place in the world. Ben Mellor is an award-winning slam poet (BBC Radio 4 Slam Champion 2009, Dike Omeje Slam Poetry Award 2008), writer and actor who has performed his work at theatres, festivals, schools, colleges and prisons nationally and internationally.Ben has published two poetry collections with Flapjack Press, both with spoken word albums alongside;  Light Made Solid, and Anthropoetry which accompanies his current show.  “ A pure undiluted talent. Concentrated” - Lemn Sissay, MBEBen is currently performing in a powerful show as part of the Perth Fringe Festival. It's excellent. Info and tickets at www.fringeworld.com.au/program/event/060953b3-404e-4c57-bcb5-afb2ce6e68a0/ . Emily Andersen, who lives in Melbourne and sometimes London, was mentored by the late, celebrated Dorothy Porter. Emily has performed her poetry on BBC 6 Music, as well as at spoken word events in the UK and Australia. She made her Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in 2012 with one-woman spoken word show Love in the Key of Britpop (www.loveinthekeyofbritpop.co.uk), and is performing the show in Perth’s 2013 Fringe World festival. Info and tix at www.fringeworld.com.au/program/event/db1c2a27-1098-403e-8c4c-da24b1513daf/     Read more...
  • Book launch: Descended from Thieves

    Coral Carter is launching her first book of poetry, Descended from Thieves The book launch will include guest readers Alan Boyd, Annamaria Weldon, Amanda Joy, Jennifer Compton, Neil Pattinson, Paul Harrison and Zan Ross When: 7.30pm for 8pm start, Friday 22 February 2013 Where: Raft Gallery - 94 Bawdan Street, Willagee WA Please RSPV by 16 February 2013 to Coral 0439 990 862   Web editor's note: Coral is incredible. This is a great opportunity to see her in action and purchase her book, which will be wonderful. Don't miss it!    Read more...
  • FringeWorld presents Anthropoetry with UK slam champion Ben Mellor

    BBC R4 Slam Champion Ben Mellor takes you on a stand-up poetry and music fuelled tour around the body, attempting to get the measure of modern life through anatomical analogy. With sounds, beats, beeps and whistles by Dan Steele. Anthropoetry is inspired by anthropometry, the study of measuring the human body. Informed by archaic quack medicine and hokey beliefs, combined with searingly topical social and political commentary and some personal body and soul searching, Ben presents a set of brand new spoken word poems and stories that get to the heart of modern life. Presented with Ben’s trademark mix of free-verse poetry, rap, beatbox and a healthy dose of satirical humour, the text is underscored live by Dan’s use of guitar, keys, drumpad and live-looping technology. 7:45pm Wed 30 Jan to Sun 10 Feb at Fringeworld venue 'Noodle Palace', 451 Beaufort St Mt Lawley. Tickets and info: https://www.fringeworld.com.au/program/event/060953b3-404e-4c57-bcb5-afb2ce6e68a0/Webeditor's note: I have just been to see Ben's show, and it is incredible. It will take you on a toe-tapping journey up your veins and around the universe and into the meaning of life. Highly recommended.    Read more...
  • Lineup Feb-March 2013

    February 2: Dean Meredith and Jazmin Tassell | February 9: Anna Kiss Gyorgy, Ben Mellor and Emily Andersen | February 16: Indigo and Candy Royale | February 23: Louise Evans and Jennifer Compton | March 2nd: Allan Boyd, Allan Hancock | March 9th: Danny Gunzberg and Kevin Gillam | March 16: Ned Wolf and Steve |    Read more...
  • 2nd Feb: Dean Meredith and Jazmin Tassell

    Dean Meredith is a West Australian philosopher and poet. He is published in various domestic and international journals. His favourite themes include love, insanity, death and outsiders.       Jazmin Tassell:im purple jazi love to ecoraplike poems aboutrecyclin' our crapbeen performing poetry 4 15 years nowdont like eatin' fish chick or cowi love to share its tha way i careif i can inspireyr passion or desireim a winner!!c u @ dinner (actually, afternoon t)love, me  Read more...
  • 26th January, Australia Day: Daphne Farsala, Andrew King and something unique and mysterious...

    Daphne Margerite Farsalas has a Greek heritage and is a first generation Australian in her family. After High School, Daphne attended Perth Technical College and studied Commercial Studies. She began working for various solicitors as a law clerk. Several years later she commenced employment with a Member of Parliament as his personal assistant, a job which she thoroughly enjoyed and which taught her a lot regarding certain political issues. Presently, Daphne is working for the infamous Peter Jeffrey as a Production Assistant. Next year she hopes to return to the Perth Institute of Technology and complete one drawing unit, hopefully a unit which she could to add to her 'certificate 4 in visual and contemporary art and craft'.Andrew King has always been a creative, artistic soul. He loves to play blues hamonica + sing as well. He has a scottish and Welsh background. His father was not a nice man; he got abused a lot as kid, and poetry was his only escape. It was his friend.Andrew is a Cancerian and takes everything to heart. He is 42 years old and well travelled, self employed doing ceiling and wall building. Andrew loves his animals. He has two sons, six and ten. Andrew is now divorced and so is finding himself again... he is glad its over. Andrew has lived in Australia for most of his life and considers himself Australian.   What... there's more? Neil J (Brilo) Pattinson is planning something unique for our Australia day gig.You will need to be there to find out.  All we can say is this:Ned Kelly has recently been given a proper burial.A bodyless head has recently been found on Rotto. What does a Ned Kelly beard and a body-less head have in common with Neil? Be there at Perth Poetry Club, along with features Daphne Farsala and Andrew King, to find out.        Read more...
  • PS Art Space presents Poetry on January 19th, 2013

     Don’t expect your average poetry night, this show includes theatrical monologue, hybrid performance and poetry mixed with music. Featuring The Enforcer (Maitland Schnaars), The Antipoet (Alan Boyd), DVS (David Vincent-Smith), Ray Grenfell, Marnie Orr, Kinshin (Alex McKee), 'Ofa Fotu, Kevin Gillam, Chris Arnold; plus special music guests Velvet Sting (Roda Lopez and Joe Lui). This is an event not to be missed and space is limited, so arrive early to ensure admission. PS Art Space (PSAS) ground floor22 Pakenham StFremantle Doors open at 7pmEvent: 7.30pm - 10pmTickets: $10 at the door  Read more...
  • 19th January 2013 Arran Lodge & Helen Child

    To some, Arran Lodge is a wayward rapscalion with natural clown hair able to induce humourous vertigo. Writing brings on many things for him. Surreal comic dreamscapes, ecclectic travel anecdotes, musings on the natural world, soul searching reflections and cataclysmic deconstructions of popular culture.He is looking forward to sharing his words with you at Perth Poetry Club!     Helchild, aka Helen Child, is a warped and demented poet, comedian and visual artist, who has been performing her own poetry for 17  years. She has headlined at more festivals and gigs than you can poke a stick at, had 5 solo shows and was the original co-founder and co-organizer of Perth Poetry Club. Helchild  has a CD out called Poetry From Hell and her first illustrated book of poems is on the way.         Read more...
  • Perth Poetry Club 2013: from 19th January

    Perth Poetry Club starts up again on 19th January 2013, 2-4 pm at The Moon cafe, 323 William Street, Northbridge.Here is the lineup for the first few weeks:Jan 19th: Arran Lodge, Helen ChildJan 26th: Daphne Farsalas, Andrew KingFeb 2nd: Dean Meredith See you there!    Read more...
  • How to Get your poetry published & Markets for it

     Sue Clennell will hold a workshop on How to Get your poetry published & Markets for it on Sat January 19th, 10am-1pm at the City of Perth Library, 140 William street. To find it you go down an arcade next to the Aviary, turn left & go up the escalator.Would participants bring about 5 poems each so Sue can advise where to send them.  Read more...
  • Perth Poemambulists: 6th January 2013

     Announcing . . . . .  One more attempt to get this project started: Perth Poemambulists will guide anyone who is interested on a gentle two-hour walk comprising of a poetic look at texture, form and colour. Meet at the big screen outside PICA, 53 James Street, Perth Cultural Centre,2pm Sunday 6th January 2013.Wear comfortable shoes.Bring pen, paper, camera or whatever you usually create with. For more information call Mar Bucknell on 9361 3280  Read more...
  • UWA Writers’ Corner 9-10 February 2013

    Next year marks 100 years since students were first admitted to The University of Western Australia. To celebrate this milestone the University will run a series of celebratory events during the year with the centenary program being launched in magnificent style with the Centenary Alumni Weekend, from Friday 8 February to Sunday 10 February 2013. The Alumni Weekend presents a unique opportunity to celebrate the UWA Centenary. It offers a diverse program including a Welcome Cocktail Party, seminars, paneldiscussions, reunions, tours, a literary event, the launch of the Shaun Tan Sundial, Centenary plant, music CD Luminosity and the history of UWA book entitled Seek Wisdom.One of the highlights of the weekend is the Writers’ Corner showcasing the brilliance of our award winning writers in a series of presentations, in-conversation sessions, panel discussions and readings. Once you’ve registered for the weekend, you don’t need to book to attend individual Writers’ Corner sessions, so please drop in at any time and listen to some of your favourite authors. See program for full details to get a taste of what you can expect over the weekend.UWA friends and graduates are warmly invited back onto campus for the UWA Alumni Weekend, 8-10 February 2013. To register go to www.development.uwa.edu.au/centenary/weekend or phone +61 8 6488 4773.    Read more...
  • Happy festivities and a sweet new year to all... we're back 19th Jan 2013

    The Underlords of Evil Tonsil bless you all on this day of the summer solstice and Tohji-taisai, and wish you a Hanukah of light, a reflective Maunajiyaras, an enchanted Christmas, a meaningful Kwanzaa, an evocative Ashura, an answered Masá'il, fulfilled international days of human rights, anti-corruption, world AIDS, migrants, and South-South cooperation; an ingniting Death Anniversary of Zarathustra, an animated Ghambar Maidyarem, and a most inspired and joyous year head, full of whatever you would most love it to be full of.We'll take a break for a few weeks and see you all back at the Moon, 2-4 pm, on Saturday 19th January 2013. May the muse be with you!     Read more...
  • 15th December: Amanda Joy, Annie Otness & Dennis Greene

    To wrap up the year, we have a terrific trio for you!Annie Otness was born once upon a time in Tasmania, and lives in Hamilton Hill. She strives for a better world through her work. Guided by the light cast by bright souls and the shades in the heart’s truth she has flights of fancy and dives of despair. Her love of fantasy, myth and legend is reflected in her work, which is layered with symbol and colour. Annie is an award winning artist, poet and playwright. She also works in paint, textiles, and clay. Amanda Joy is a poet, writer and installation artist, living in Fremantle Western Australia. Her work is concerned with poeticising temporality and invisible natural forces.Born in the UK, raised in Zimbabwe Dennis Greene has lived in Western Australia since1983. In 1987 he was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s Diseases which lead to his early retirement from the work force.  He began writing in the early 1990’s. His work has been published in Westerly; Unfamiliar Tides; Blast Magazine  and most recently in the Australian Poetry Journal. His chapbook, One Tree Bridge was published in 2011.And after it's all over, join the gang for the end of year banquet function... more info at: http://perthpoetryclub.com/perth-poetry-club-end-year-gig-15th-december-2012PS: I'm writing this from Melbourne (where I'm speaking to crowds of ecologists, walking mountain ash forests, lighting candles for the Jewish festival of Hanukah, dancing at hippy festivals and checking out the poetry scene!). Unfortunately I won't be back in Perth to join you all! I'll miss you all till next year, and wish you happy holidays full of inspiration and laughter... x Keren   Read more...
  • Perth Poetry Club end of year gig: 15th December 2012!

     For the end-of-year gig, Perth Poetry Club will run a raffle instead of asking for contributions. Buy up those raffle tickets, to support your local poetry club, and to be in the running to win prizes, including a $50 gift voucher from Crow Books and some quality poetry books and CDs. Afterwards, we'll celebrate with an end-of-year banquet function.  The banquet meal starts 6pm sharp.  Venue: Joy Cafe Restaurant, 269 William Street, Northbridge.  $20 for meal and $4 corkage.We'll take a break over the silly season and look forward to seeing you all again in the new year.   Read more...
  • Poetry Kitchen

    Poetry Kitchen Tue 7-9pm or Wed 10-12 in eastern suburbsPoetry Kitchen critiquing and writing in eastern Perth over coffee & snacks with experienced poet & editor Jackson (aka Janet Jackson). Tuesdays 7-9pm or Wednesdays 10am-12, in a quiet corner of Bassendean.  The last Poetry Kitchen for 2012 will be on 19 December. It will resume on 8 January, if there are sufficient bookings. Limited places, book now. lostpoetjj@gmail.com, 0406 624 578. More information at proximitypoetry.com. Click here for the flyer.        Read more...
  • 8th December 2012: Afeif Ismail and Vivienne Glance

    Afeif Ismail was born in Elhasahisa, Sudan. A published poet and playwright, Afeif arrived in Australia in 2003. Afeif has published many works of poetry in Arabic and English: Traps and some Tracks, Bet of the Argil; A Passage to the Aroma of Invisibility, Mum! This World Lies to Us; Orphaned Birds and It’s your Bird. He has also written plays which have been produced across Sudan and Australia. Afeif's play for children, The African Magician was commissioned and produced by Barking Gecko Theatre Company in Western Australia in July 2010. In May 2012 this month New York University has invited Afeif Ismail and Jeremy Rice the director of the African Magician to make a presentation on the play entitled “Which Way TYA? Future Directions in Theatre for Young Audiences”. Afeif was short-listed for the inaugural Kit Denton Fellowship for Writers of Courage in 2007. He was selected to workshop this play, with co-transcreator Vivienne Glance, at Playwriting Australia’s Canberra Workshop in June/July 2008. Afeif was awarded the inaugural Australian National Playwrights’ Conference (ANPC) Bursary in 2008. In 2009 he was a recipient of an inaugural Western Australian Theatre Development Initiative for his play “The Shrouds or the Dead.”Afeif play The African Magician nominated for 44th Annual AWGIE Award best script for Children's Theatre in 2011. Afeif's play Son of the Nile was produced by Murdoch University Theatre in Education in Western Australia in 2012. Vivienne Glance is a poet, playwright and performer. Her poetry has appeared in journals, anthologies and online publications, and she has won places and commendations in competitions. She has published 2 collections: The Softness of Water (Sunline Press 2009), and A Simple Rain with photography by Perdita Phillips (Lethologica Press 2012). Her play The Cat in the Box was a sell-out at the Blue Room Theatre in August 2012. She has submitted her PhD in Creative Writing at the UWA.   Read more...
  • Upcoming events: The Time of Our Lives... (&) Naked

    The Past Tense social history group is launching their first anthology, Time of Our Lives, to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Perth novelist, Marcella Polain, will launch the anthology. It will take place on Sat 8th Dec at 11am at Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre.The Poets@KSP group is launching their 2012 Poetry Collection, NAKED, on Monday 10th December at 1 pm. Perth poet, Tineke van der Eecken, will be present to do the official launch.Please RSVP  for the two events to Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre direct by Thursday 6th December if you would like to attend either of these launches. Refreshments will be served.    Read more...
  • Perth Poemambulists

     After a false start last month, Perth Poemambulists will be going for a two-hour stroll at 2pm on Sunday 2nd December. Meet at the big screen outside PICA, 53 James Street in the Perth Cultural Centre. Wear comfortable shoes and bring whatever you like to create with: pen, paper. camera, voice, musical instruments, whatever. We will go on a gentle stroll focusing on colour, form and texture. For more information contact Mar Bucknell at marbucknell@gmail.com, 9371 3791 or 9361 3280  Read more...
  • 1st December: Stephen Morris and Mark Lloyd

    Stephen Morris was born in Birmingham, England. He is a poet and artist who has had 12 of his books published and has over 100 solo exhibitions. He has been invited to read his work in many countries, through the British Arts Council. He has read his work from Alaska, to India, to Singapore as well as all over Europe. Stephen lives and loves in the South of France, where the sun shines everyday and where he has his studios. This is his first time in the Southern Hemisphere where he will seek inspiration and hopefully some joy.  Mark “Marksman” Lloyd is a rapper/ poet hailing from Perth. The 25 year old has been carving out a name for himself over the past 5 years in the local and national scene. He has traveled to the opera house twice for the Austalian poetry slam finals, taking out the WA heats in 2008 and coming runner-up nationally. He has just released his first solo project entitled “The bridges in Spain” which is available for free download on bandcamp.com. 2012 has seen him touring the songs on the album and working on his follow up release “Pretend”, out November this year.      Read more...
  • 24th November 2012: Andrew Landsdown and Terry Farrell

    Andrew Lansdown is a widely published, award winning writer who has published 3 novels, 2 short story collections, 2 children’s poetry collections and 10 poetry collections. His most recent poetry collections are: Birds in Mind: Australian Nature Poems (Wombat Books, 2009), Far from Home: Poems of faith, grief and gladness (Wombat Books, 2010), and The Colour of Life (in Two Poets, with Kevin Gillam; Fremantle Press, 2011). His website is: andrewlansdown.com  Terry Farrell runs the RAFT Gallery (former Fringe Gallery) poetry and performance events in Willagee. He draws inspiration from the Dadaist, Surrealist and Beat poets. Terry has performed his blend of poetry/prose and music at the Perth Poetry Club; Denmark Festival of Voice and Fairbridge Festival. Terry recently performed with Janet Jackson and Coral Carter at the RAFT Gallery's 'poems for the revolution of love' event. Read more...
  • 17th Nov: Sue Clennell and Marcella Polain

    Sue Clennell has been published in Dotdotdash, Unusual Work, Quadrant, Westerly, Tamba, Poetry NZ, Indigo, the Weekend Australian, Maintenant 5 & 6 (the US.), and several anthologies including 'Best Australian Poems 2011.' She has twice won the Cottesloe/Peppermint Grove/Mosman Park Poetry Prize and been placed twice in the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Award. Her short play 'The Unknown' was performed in Sydney's Short & Sweet Summer Festival 2012. Sue's CD 'The Van Gogh Cafe' is available for sale for just $10.   Marcella Polain’s most recent collection is Therapy like Fish: new and selected poems (2008, John Leonard Press, Melbourne), which was short-listed for the Judith Wright Prize. Her short fiction has twice won the Patricia Hackett Prize. Her first novel, The Edge of the World (2008, Fremantle Press) is based on her mother’s survival of the Armenian Genocide and was short-listed for a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.  In 2010-2011 she was recipient of an Australia Council grant to work on a second novel. She teaches writing at Edith Cowan University and, in 2012, launched ‘The Stubborn Murmur Project’, an ongoing research project which explores the legacy of the Genocide in the work of prominent artists of Armenian descent across the globe, and co-founded ‘fold’, a centre for hand-made books, at ECU. Read more...
  • Feature poets to see the year out...

    This is the lineup for the rest of the year:10th November 2012: Peter Jeffery Jamie McQueen (TBC) |17th November 2012: Sue Clennell and Marcella Polain |24th November 2012: Andrew Landsdown and Terry Farrell |1st December 2012: Paul Harrison, Stephen Morris and Mark Lloyd |8th December 2012: Afeif Ismail and Vivienne Glance |15th December 2012: Amanda Joy, Annie Otness and Dennis Greene |---- we break for the merry season, and start again on the 19th of January 2013 ----- come back alive and revived! ------------- Read more...
  • Perth Poemambulists

     Introducing Perth PoemambulistsOn the first Sunday of every month Perth Poemambulists will lead anyone who is interested on a two-hour walk to explore the physical environment of Perth, as a poetic, a poem, a poesy, a subject of thought: lyric and catastrophic, in its colours and textures, its histories and geographies, its waters and its drylands, its gladnesses and its failures.Join us at 2pm on the first Sunday of every month in the Perth Cultural Centre amphitheatre outside PICA, 51 James Street, Perth. (The starting point may change as months go on.)There will be a different agenda each month, but each month’s agenda is open to whatever disruption occurs, depending entirely on who turns up.Bring whatever creative materials you want to work with: pen, paper, paint, cameras, vocal cords, musical instruments, whatever. Wear comfortable shoes.On Sunday 4th November we will take a short walk concentrating on colour, form and texture.Future walks will focus on art and architecture, history and murder, water and sand, and anything else that comes up.FREE event.For more information contact     marbucknell@gmail.com    08 9371 3791 or 08 9361 3280  Read more...
  • 10 Nov: Peter Jeffery

    Peter Jeffery is the holder of the prestigious Award of an OAM for his contribution to multiculturalism, the arts and film and television education, and is also a Life Member of the Film and Television Institute of WA. He has travelled extensively in countries as various as Vietnam, India, Japan, Indonesia, the UK, USA, and 'bella Italia'. Recently he was elected Chairperson of Community Television Perth and has sat on the Board of the now defunct Access 31.Unfortunately our other feature poet for this week, Annie Otness, has had to pull out at the last minute. Who will replace her (if indeed anyone can)?... we'll keep you in anticipation.  Read more...
  • He saw into the deep... be tantalized

    The Fremantle Festival presents: An evening of story, poetry and music. Inspired by bards of old,storytellers Branan Dubh and Jaya Penelope bring to life the oldest story ever told, that of the Sumerian King Gilgamesh, and his quest for immortality. Two Thursday shows, November 1st, and November 8th, 7:30 to 10pm @ World's End Studio, 15 Mrs Trivett Place, West End Freo, just tucked in next to The Roundhouse (only a few minutes from the train station)Please note, this is storytelling for adults, older children are welcome at their parent's discretion. Enquiries/bookings, call Jaya 0411 983 549.  Read more...
  • Primo Lux 2012

    Primo Lux 2012 will be launching their journal on Monday 26th November at Clancy’s Fish Pub in Fremantle. The evening will begin at 6:30pm with students receiving a copy of the anthology and readings of their work. Help support young writers speaking out in a public forum by being there, and also by buying a copy as well @ $10.00. Read more...
  • Two with Nature

    And another something that is happening around town... sure to delight... Read more...
  • 3rd November: Fran Graham & Siobhan Hodge

    Fran Graham writes about family and personal experience. Her first collection of poetry was published last year by Ginninderra Press. This year she’s been published in the Australian Poetry Ltd Inaugural Members’ Anthology and was Highly Commended in both the Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre Patron’s Poetry Prize and the Scribblers’ National Literary Awards. She has recently had a poem selected for inclusion in Best Australian Poems 2012.   Siobhan Hodge is a doctoral candidate at the University of Western Australia, studying Sappho’s poetry and its translation. She divides her time between Australia and Hong Kong, and writes poetry, fiction and essays. She has recently returned to Australia after spending most of the year in Cambridge, where she had a chapbook, Picking up the Pieces, published.  And lastly, a note from the organisers: we give special thanks to Steve Finch for providing a pinata of his poems at last Saturday's gig, and to Jakub Dammer for stepping in at the last moment to feature. Read more...
  • Folktales and modern mythology @ the Raft Gallery

    On Saturday October 27th, 7:00 pm at the Raft Gallery (formerly known as The Fringe), 34 Bawdan Street, Willagee, there will be music, performance and poetry centring around the theme Folktales and Modern Mythology. This event will feature Chris Arnold, Jeremy Balius, Amanda Joy, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Zan Ross, with Byron Bard as The Storyteller, and ACR performing and launching her new book, KISSANDotherPOEMSfrom ACR. $10 entry fee. Very limited open section ON THEME. Supper available. enquiries to Zan Ross, 0435 562 164 Read more...
  • 20, 27th October: Zan Ross & Ron Okley; Yvonne Mettam & Steven Finch

    Hello! I've snuck in to the role of updating the website, but am heading far out bush for the next couple of weeks, so here you are: two weeks of lineup on the blogroll... today! Enjoy, and i look forward to seeing you all when i'm back from the enchanting Great Western Woodlands...                                                  - Keren Gila Raiter20th October: Zan Ross and Ron OkleyZan Ross has been featured in all the usual Australian journals plus a few in the US, Canada, France, Romania and several on-line zines.  She has had two collections of poetry published:B-Grade through Monogene Press and Enpassant through Fremantle Arts Centre Press, as well as the chapbook, “Je ne sais quoi” through Vagabond Press. There have been a few residencies and prizes, but who really cares about that ... She hopes to keep writing until she falls off her perch.Ron Okely, born in Bassendean in 1929, developed a childhood love of the river.   Married in 1954, he lived with his family in regional towns including Lake Grace and Port Hedland moving to Maddington in 1971. His book of poems “The Poet and the Stockman’s Hat “ reflect his appreciation of family and friends, his experiences in country Western Australia and as a Social Worker in the Emergency Centre of Royal Perth Hospital.    27th October: Yvonne Mettam & StevenSteven Finch is a PhD student at Curtin University, and the former managing editor of dotdotdash magazine, a WA tri-annual creative publication. He has also had work published in Cottonmouth, Voiceworks, Sitelines, and in a Fremantle Press short story collection The Kid on the Karaoke Stage and other stories. He has decided to dedicate his life’s work to making people happy with weird things. Yvonne Mettam is a comic Scot who decided in her fifties it was time to take her age and herself a little less seriously, swapping the lecterns of tertiary institutions for community and corporate lecterns, where laughter is the name of the game! With a successful book and CD under her belt and another collection of her work soon to be published, she can be heard on Curtin FM radio, where she has become known as 'Perth's Pam Ayres'.    Read more...
  • Poetry d’Amour Love Poetry Contest

    As part of Poetry d’Amour, love poetry under the stars at the Japanese Garden, Perth Zoo on Valentines evening 2013, submissions are sought for original, unpublished love poems for an opportunity to win:First Prize: total $200 in cash and prizes Runner Up: total $100 in cash and prizes 2 x Commended: total $50 in prizes and /or cash each click here to view the official conditions and entry form online  click here to download the entry form Read more...
  • WA Heats - Australian Poetry Slam 2012 - Tuesdays October Bakery

    Heya...You know you wanna do it again!The 2012 Australian Poetry Slam is now on!Two minutes to make your mark on the mike…Registration is now open: http://waslamheats.comWitness the verbal fitness as eclectic word-wizards battle each other for prizes.Calling all WA word-wranglers, poets, rappers, monologists and spoken-wordsmiths! Have you got what it takes to be Australia's next Poetry Slam champion?Contestants are given a microphone, a live crowd and just two minutes to impress randomly selected audience-member judges with their spoken words.Audiences can expect up to 20 performers each week, smashing out a diverse array of fast, entertaining spoken-word poetry.The West Australian Heats and a State Final will be held on Tuesday nights at the Artrage Bakery Complex, 233 James St in Northbridge - from 9th–30th October.Each heat winner and runner-up will receive prizes and progress to the State final.The WA state winner and runner-up will receive cash and prizes and be flown to Sydney to compete for the title of 2011 Australian Poetry Slam Champion!The 2012 Australian Slam Champion wins the "ultimate writer's festival tour of Bali and China" as part of the Bookworm International Literary Festival in China and the Ubud International Writers and Readers Festival in Bali - around $11,000 worth of flights, accommodation, expenses and performers fees.WA Heats hosted by WA performance poet Allan Boyd - aka the antipoet.DATES:Tuesday 9th October 7pmTuesday 16th October 7pmTuesday 23th October 7pmState Final: Tuesday 30th October 7pmContact Allan Boyd: 0402 573 580Website: http://waslamheats.com Read more...
  • 13 October: Danny Gunzberg and Mike T

    Danny Gunzberg has been writing poems since he was thirteen and songs since he was fifteen. His work appears in Verandah, Going Down Swinging, Fremantle Arts Review and other periodicals. In 1995 Danny was appointed Emerging-Writer-In-Residence at The Katherine Sussanah Prichard Writers’ Centre. In 2005 he published his first book of poems, which sold out of two print runs in under a year and is currently in its third run. Danny has also made and sold several albums of his acoustic and electric music.  Mike T was born in Melb 1942 and married Sue in 1969. He has 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Mike has worked in different jobs in WA: roadworks, Mines in Kal, Railway Exchange at Parkeston, PCC maintenance. He was a postman for 10 yrs, did nightsorting for 30yrs. Mike did an English Degree part time at ECU Mt Lawley 1992-98 and it was then he took up writing under guidance of Glen Phillips, Andrew Taylor, Andrew Burke, Shane McAuley, and Jenny de Garris and has been pursuing this ever since. Although a slow starter in coming out of the closet, Mike T is now looking more seriously at publication. He recently started an Ethics & Philosophy Course with MALA as a way of testing the water to see if he would take up University again. Mike is always on the look-out for subject matter. He has a particular interest in the changing landscape and its (side) effects on people; eg what graffiti says about displacement and isolation, the sameness that we are confronted with under the guise of EXCITING NEW BUSINESS... you know, another bloody cafe or dress shop, each with its own implied sunset clause... the feeling that Perth will have lost its character to the push of progress and along with that comes a forlorn and disenchanted society. That plus trying to write his memoirs are Mike's constant companions and pursuits. He is grateful to see at Perth Poetry Club and similar venues, many others who express their points of views, even if they don't agree. Sometimes more "don't" than "do"; but that's life, that's subject matter.  Read more...
  • 6 Oct Keren Gila Raiter, Jaya Penelope

    Fascinated by fairy and folk tale, Jaya Penelope’s poetry traces the feathery footprints of the beloved from enchanted forest to kitchen sink and back again. Whilst she has been published, her first love remains the spoken word and she has performed at poetry and music festivals both in WA and further afield. As a participant in the 2012 Advanced Poetry Workshops run by the Peter Cowan Writer’s Centre, she is now finding the courage to deepen her relationship with poetry as a written form. She lives with her husband musician Branan Dubh and her son Gwydion in a crooked cottage in White Gum Valley.   Keren Gila Raiter weaves experience into spoken words with sounds and movements that will leave you excited, amused, and bearing a new insight into the world that we share. An ecologist and philosopher by training, Keren is awed by the natural world and the power of our emotions and stories to give us meaning in an otherwise very mysterious existence. She has deep connections with Australia, Israel and Tanzania and writes about organisms and evolution, passions and perspectives, culture and countries, and has been published by Mulla Mulla Press and Creatrix. Keren semi-regularly performs and MCs at Perth Poetry Club and has tantalized audiences at numerous places around Western Australia and Israel.  See a preview of Keren’s creations at kerengilaraiter.wordpress.com.    Read more...
  • Lineups Oct-Dec 2012

    This is my (Janet's) final entry on the Perth Poetry Club blog. Hopefully it will continue, though. In the meantime here's the guest list for the rest of the year. Plus open mike, with professional sound. See our FAQs page for more details. 2-4pm every Saturday at The Moon, 323 William Street, Northbridge. See you there! Many thanks to Jake Dennis for lining up all these guests. || 6 Oct: Keren Gila Raiter and Jaya Penelope  || 13 Oct: Danny Gunzburg and Mike T  || 20 Oct: Zan Ross and Ron Okely | | 27 Oct: Yvonne Mettam and Steven Finch | | 3 Nov: Siobhan Hodge and Fran Graham | | 10 Nov: Peter Jeffery and a mystery poet | | 17 Nov: Sue Clennell and Marcella Polain | | 24 Nov: Andrew Landsdown and Terry Farrell (TBC) | | 1 Dec: Paul Harrison, Mark Lloyd and Stephen Morris | | 8 Dec: Afeif Ismail and Vivienne Glance | | 15 Dec: Amanda Joy, Annie Otness and Dennis Greene (TBC) |   Read more...
  • 29 Sep Cath Drake (UK/Perth)

    Cath Drake is a Perth girl who has lived in London for a decade. She's been published in anthologies and magazines in UK, US and Australia (Overland, Indigo, Westerly), and often performs her work in venues from street corners to cafes, theatres and galleries. She thrives on running playful writing workshops that spark creativity. Cath has recently been shortlisted for the Venture International Poetry award and received an Arts Council England award to develop her work. She is also a non-fiction writer and her work includes award-winning journalism. http://cathdrake.wordpress.com/  Read more...
  • 22 Sep Helen Hagemann + Alan Hancock with Joanna Neave

    Helen Hagemann's work is published in Australian literary journals including Cordite (2012). In 2008, she won a Varuna Longlines Poetry workshop, resulting in the publication of Evangelyne & Other Poems. Helen (pictured) has an MA in Writing and teaches prose and poetry in Fremantle in association with the OOTA Writers Group. In 2011, she spent time in a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, in Ireland, working on a new poetry collection.Alan Hancock is a storyteller/poet. His highly entertaining narratives are accompanied by evocative music from Joanna Neave.At the age of nine, Alan was the narrator for his primary school nativity play. He's never been the same since, and has felt himself drawn to reading things out in public. In recent years he's managed to move away from Bible stories and writes his own material.Joanna’s first piano lessons were at a farm near the village where she grew up in Scotland.  She is still haunted by the smell of cow manure when she plays.       Read more...
  • Lineups for the rest of 2012

    Many thanks to Jake Dennis for lining up all these guests.6 Oct   Keren Gila Raiter, Jaya Penelope13 Oct  Danny Gunzburg, Mike T20 Oct  Zan Ross, Ron Okely27 Oct  Yvonne Mettam, Steven Finch3 Nov   Siobhan Hodge, Allan Boyd  10 Nov  Peter Jeffery, Annie Otness17 Nov  Sue Clennell, Marcella Polain24 Nov  Andrew Landsdown, Terry Farrell (TBC)1 Dec   Paul Harrison, Mark Lloyd8 Dec   Afeif Ismail, Vivienne Glance,15 Dec  Amanda Joy, Dennis Greene (TBC)  Read more...
  • 15 Sep Not to be missed! Dennis Haskell + Chris Ingram (North Wales)

    15 September at Perth Poetry Club is NOT one to miss. We have an overseas guest, Chris Ingram, the first live poet to perform on national Irish radio station Dublin FM, and we have the much-loved and acclaimed Dennis Haskell, who among other things has been the editor of Westerly and the chair of the Australian Literature Board.  DENNIS HASKELL (left) is the author of 6 collections of poetry, the most recent Acts of Defiance: New and Selected Poems in December 2010. His All the Time in the World won the Western Australian Premier’s Prize for Poetry in 2007. His poems have been translated into French, Greek, Italian, Chinese and other Sinhalese, and he has given invited readings in many countries, including England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, The Philippines and the USA.     CHRIS INGRAM (right) introduced himself thus: Hello, my name is Chris Ingram, I am a Scottish singer songwriter  and performance poet based in North Wales....In the last two years I have toured the whole of the U.K. and Ireland and was the first live poet to perform on national Irish radio station Dublin Fm. I regularly perform at community events, work for charity Music In Hospitals and have played at The Wickerman Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, Deershed Festival and am due a performance at Glastonbury next summer. Currently I perform in a collective called The Glendale Family which is more music orientated but my poetry site is www.myspace.com/manofstrawmusic.            Read more...
  • 8 Sep: Jonny White, Kay Cairns

    Two really riveting voices this week..."Jonny White was born somewhere... Will die somewhere else... He has done this... Will do that... Has seen this... Will see that... He started writing poetry before he started reading it - roughly 4 years ago. The last 2 years have seen him pass through 10 countries and father over 300 poems of various sizes and recently begin work on a fully typewritten semi-autobiographical novel. Now... he is here..."Kay Cairns:  Bio details Awards/Prizes Winner of 2004 Tom Collins Poetry Prize:  ‘Exit Wounds’ Published Poetry ‘Vanishing Point’:  Indigo Vol. 1 2007 ‘Exit wounds’ and ‘Moments’: Weighing of the Heart anthology Sunline Press, 2007 ‘Oil on Canvas.  Please do not touch’:  Famous Reporter, July 2006 ‘Days Like This’: Thirst  Benmax Box Vol.1 Issue 1, 2006 ‘Moments’ and ‘Driving on Neaves’: Marginata Issue 8, 2004 Guest Readings Upcoming - Voicebox: Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle. November 2012 Poetry Club - Moon Café.  Voicebox - Tropicana café, Fremantle ‘Emerging Writer’ - Walking on Water, Brisbane Hotel, Perth, 2005 Participation at Poetry events/writing groups Regular open mic reader at Voicebox, Fremantle Member of OOTA Even the Weather published Quadrant Dec 2008    Read more...
  • Lineups until 10 Nov, and we need some help with this

    Jake Dennis is currently doing the bookings but will not be able to do so after December. The program of features is important not just to give the featured poets an opportunity to be heard at greater length, but also because people come to listen to the features and this provides an ever-changing audience for the poets participating in open mike.Doing the bookings is one of those background jobs that has to be done for love, not for glory. The ideal person for this job is organised and good with people, is into the local poetry scene, and can tell an entertaining poet from a boring one. If that sounds like you, please contact us. Perhaps have a look at the Peeps page first to see who you would be working with. 8 Sep   Jonny White + Kay Cairns15 Sep   Dennis Haskell + Chris Ingram (North Wales)22 Sep   Helen Hagemann + Alan Hancock  29 Sep   Cath Drake (UK/Perth) (double feature) 6 Oct   Keren Gila Raiter + Jaya Penelope13 Oct   (to be confirmed) Danny Gunzburg + Mike T20 Oct   Zan Ross + Ron Okely27 Oct   Yvonne Mettam + Steven Finch 3 Nov   Siobhan Hodge + Allan Boyd  10 Nov   Peter Jeffery + Annie Otness  Read more...
  • 1 Sep: Stephen Cole + Derek Fenton + mini-feature from Alicia Bee (Melbourne)

    Melbourne-based professional writer, photography artist and freelance journalist Alicia Bee has been published in music magazines; Australian Musician, The Daily Telegraph, The Australian Women’s Book Review and The Australian Writer. Her poetry was published in Bathers On The Beach 2010, and The Book Of The Dead And Wounded 2011 by Good Look Books. She has performed as a feature poet in Melbourne, San Francisco and now Perth. aliciabee.bigcartel.com  Read more...
  • 25 August Gary Colombo de Piazzi + Jackson (aka Janet Jackson) + Laura Jan Shore (KSP Writer-in-Residence)

    Gary Colombo De Piazzi is an emerging poet who originally dabbled in poetry for cathartic reasons. The sense of liberation and creative joy captured his interest and instilled a desire to explore the power and wonder of words. Whilst he has dabbled with traditional forms of poetry he prefers the freedom of free verse and loves to write purely from the heart without constraints of form and syntax, to mix and mesh words to draw an emotion, raise a point, shift a life. www.redbubble.com/people/gcdepiazzi/art Jackson (aka Janet Jackson) writes poems, songs and prose, performs poetry and music, teaches poetry and creative writing, helps organise Perth Poetry Club, parents and sometimes sleeps. Check out her book 'Coracle' (2009), her chapbook ‘q finger’ (PressPress 2011), a micro-collection forthcoming from Fremantle Press and her websites proximitypoetry.com and rawtext.blogspot.com.  Laura Jan Shore is currently a writer-in-residence at the KSP Writers Centre. She is the author of The Sacred Moon Tree, Bradbury Press, 1986, nominated for the Washington Irving Children's Book Award. Laura's poetry has appeared in literary magazines in the US, Italy, New Zealand and Australia. In 1996, she immigrated to Australia where she initiated Dangerously Poetic reading series and community press. Her collection, Breathworks, was launched at the Byron Writers Festival in 2002 by Dorothy Porter. She won the 2009 FAW John Shaw Nielson Award and the 2006 CJ Dennis "Open Poetry" Literary Award. Her latest book, Water over Stone, won IP Picks Best Poetry 2011 and is published by Brisbane publisher, Interactive Press.     Read more...
  • September lineups

    1 Sep:   Stephen Cole + Derek Fenton + mini-feature from Alicia Bee (Melbourne)8 Sep:   Jonny White + Kay Cairns15 Sep: Dennis Haskell + Terry Farrell22 Sep: Helen Hagemann + Alan Hancock29 Sep: Cath Drake (UK)  Read more...
  • 18 Aug: STEVE SMART DOUBLE FEATURE! + JAKE DENNIS + Festival Organisers

    Don't miss our WA Poetry Festival MEGA-GIG with a double feature from Melbourne's rockstar of performance poetry STEVE SMART, and more! As far as your asymmetric* blog editor is aware, the 'more' will be JAKE DENNIS and poems from the festival organisers, that is, the WA Poets Inc Committee, of which your decidedly asymmetric blog editor is not, repeat not, a member.Come early and bring your ears. Or perhaps underwear to throw if that's more your thing. No, scratch that, it's probably illegal in an eating house.Steve Smart is a carnival ride disguised as a poet.  [Nah, it's the other way round ...ed] Over the past decade and a half he has imprinted himself on the subconsious of both lovers and haters of poetry in roughly equal measure. Steve has an enviable web presence and a cocky disregard for convention. He was once compared to Allen Ginsberg. Interestingly it was only the once. Photo by Andrzej Sobieszczuk.Jake Dennis was published last year in Wet Ink, Page Seventeen, dotdotdash, Art Monthly Australia, Vibewire, River Tales, Creative Connections, Metior, and Cottonmouth. He also won the Now & Then Literature Prize and was a Young Writer-in-Residence at the Katherine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre. He runs a book club, writes for Science Network WA, sings for funk/soul/pop cover band The Entourage, and organises guest bookings for the Perth Poetry Club.*Adjective chosen using the Random Word Generator at watchout4snakes.com   Read more...
  • 11 Aug: Scott-Patrick Mitchell, David Vincent Smith

    DON'T MISS THIS ONE! and yes, I am shouting, because we've got two of Perth's most dynamic performers of the word, David Vincent Smith and Scott-Patrick Mitchell, in one afternoon. Slam-winners both. Be early!David Vincent Smith (aka DVS) is a performance poet, rapper and filmmaker. He says 'you will probably hate him because he's about to take food from your plate or your table water'... is that a metaphor, d'you think? Hmm. Anyway yr blog editor would gladly share her food and water with DVS if it helps him get his words on.   Scott-Patrick Mitchell (pictured) is a poet, writer and fashion blogger. He is completing a PhD in Performance Poetry, exploring processes of writing, performing and transcending the poetical on stage. Mitchell has won both the Press Press Chapbook Award and Perth Poetry Slam and is published through Fremantle Press, Black Rider Press and now Mulla Mulla Press, who recently released his new chapbook, the rutting season. For further information visit either scott-patrickmitchell.com or www.outrageous-adventures.com. (Photos of Scott-Patrick Mitchell by Jackson Eaton.)    Read more...
  • 4 Aug: Mark ('Marksman') Lloyd + Larraine Duncan

    Mark “Marksman” Lloyd is a rapper/ poet hailing from Perth. The 25 year old has been carving out a name for himself over the past 5 years in the local and national scene. He has traveled to the opera house twice for the Austalian poetry slam finals, taking out the WA heats in 2008 and coming runner-up nationally. He has just released his first solo project entitled “The bridges in Spain” which is available for free download on bandcamp.com. 2012 has seen him touring the songs on the album and working on his follow up release “Pretend”, out November this year.           LARRAINE DUNCAN is an emerging phenomenon...  Read more...
  • 28 Jul: Outer space and earth: Donald Petrides + Caroline Sambridge!

    Yes, you read that right. We have Donald Petrides and Caroline Sambridge in the same afternoon. Caroline is a poet of earthy comic rhyme. Donald is... well... if you don't know, come and find out why I put 'outer space' in the header.Caroline says:  i am a bush poet who has lived all over australia. i write about all sorts of subjects and crazy characters. (Don't let the lowercase fool you.)Donald says:How do you know if an elephant has been in the fridge? Find out tomorrow, when all the milk is sour and gooey and there are heard blood curlding screams in the dead of night, and you wake in the morning in a pool of your own especially prepared perspiration to suit the things that go bump in the night, and you haven't got any food except for cold tuna sandwiches. Yes! We are in the realm of can-openers and planks in your eye--the fickle world of wet dreams and wet and gooey cigars with the slobber of Sigmund Freud on them. Re-introducing the cuban missile crisis and prohibition both onto Perth streets and in the yellow recycling bins, the stylings of Speed Demon Petrides and his Sobriety Alpinism! Donald is a born loser with an Arts Degree and a Major in English. He enjoys films by crack addicts and art-house dollies who carp on stars of David for their sticky-beak of Bachelor-in-fashion sense. He is indeed a proven "gaylord", which is to intend more fully than others that you shall enjoy yourselves--you shall! Enjoy yourselves... and be in more fit a position to predispose yourself especially to "having a good time". With enough gay preamble as we normally enjoy for our young and hopefuls in the rotten and dejected world of poetic licence and all its paltry companions, will you allow me to introduce: Pink-Eye Petrides and the Joy Fleas!   Read more...
  • Featured poets til end of September (revised)

    Poets visiting from out of town, don't let this list put you off. Please contact us anyway as we may be able to add you to the bill.21 Jul: Amber Fresh, Chris Konrad  28 Jul: Donald Petrides + Caroline Sambridge  4 Aug: Mark Lloyd  + Larraine Duncan11 Aug: Scott-Patrick Mitchell,  David Vincent Smith18 Aug: WA POETRY FESTIVAL MEGA GIG        Steve Smart DOUBLE FEATURE (one of yr blog editor's favourite Australian poets,        a remarkable writer and performer, not to be missed) and MORE!25 Aug: Gary DePiazzi, Liana Christensen1 Sep:   Stephen Cole + Derek Fenton + mini-feature from Alicia Bee (Melbourne)8 Sep:   Jonny White + Kay Cairns15 Sep: Dennis Haskell + Terry Farrell22 Sep: Helen Hagemann + Alan Hancock29 Sep: Cath Drake (UK)  Read more...
  • 21 July: Amber Fresh, Chris Konrad

    We haven't got a bio for Amber Fresh so I (Janet, your friendly blog editor) will make something up.Amber is one of Perth's most interesting poets and musicians. Her poetry is like a pool. Once you jump in you realise it's a lot deeper than you thought. 'Existential' is perhaps the adjective we are looking for.Amber's performance style might almost be described as an anti-performance. Except that it isn't.She has published a very cute and re-readable little book of poems called Between You and Me. Last year her band Rabbit Island made an album, O God, Come Quick. Her poems have been published in various places including the Cottonmouth Anthology and Westerly.The picture is blatantly stolen from the dark recesses of Black Rider Press, where you can read a couple of Amber's poems. In 2009 Chris Konrad won the Creatrix poetry prize and the Tom Collins Poetry Prize. In 2008 he and four other poets of the FAWWA  Masterclass published an anthology, Amber Contains the Sun. His latest publishing success is Sandfire from Sunline Press, a shared volume with Flora Smith and Rose Van Son.       Read more...
  • 14 July: Caitlin Maling, Julienne Juschke

    Julienne Juschke (pronounced: Yoosh-ker) has been a proud West Australian for 11 years. Her love of poetry extends back to early high school following a school camp on a farm where there were torrential downpours for two days straight. Her first poem was simply, and appropriately, called "Mud".         Caitlin Maling has published poetry around Australia in Quadrant, Blue Dog, Going Down Swinging, Voiceworks, Text Journal and the Sun Herald Extra, and in 2009 she was the winner of the John Marsden Poetry Prize.          Read more...
  • POETS July, Aug 2012

      7 Jul: Primo Lux student poetry magazine showcase14 Jul: Caitlin Maling, Julienne Juschke  21 Jul: Amber Fresh, Chris Konrad  28 Jul: Donald Petrides + TBA  4 Aug: Mark Lloyd  + Larraine Duncan11 Aug: Scott-Patrick Mitchell,  David-Vincent Smith 18 Aug: WA POETRY FESTIVAL MEGA GIG        Steve Smart (Melbourne), Andy White (Ireland/Melbourne),        and more festival guests TBA25 Aug: Gary DePiazzi, Liana Christensen  Read more...
  • 7 July: PRIMO LUX student poetry showcase

    PRIMO LUX is the annual magazine of poetry by WA students in years 10, 11 and 12, edited by Veronica Lake of Applecross Senior High School and published through Sunline Press. And we think it's really excellent! On 7 July we will be showcasing some of the poems the magazine has published. Come and listen, and maybe take home a magazine!Primo Lux draws submissions from all over the state and from both private and public schools. Our featured poets have gone on from high school to pursue their dreams in the diverse fields of music, pharmacy, medicine, law, teaching, art and science. Their future will take them on diverse pathways, but their writing will always connect them and demonstrates that poets are everywhere.Readers – Veronica Lake (Editor), Emily Mills (Editor)Poets – Jack Warnsbrough, Jaccie Gillett, Makoto Takeo, Lauren Boulton, Deeksha Khoul, Elaine Pang, Lenny Cornejo, Mark Birchill, Nicole Dakin, Claire Olson  Read more...
  • 30 June: ALEX WOLMAN

    Update: Allan Boyd has had to cancel... many tears are being wept... but he has a very good reason... many trees will be planted.This means the rather special Alex Wolman will be doing TWO sets of his words.If you're gonna miss one, don't make it this one. We've got word packets! We've got poetry that is getting better! We've got Alex Wolman (your editor's fave from the boyz who performed at Fashionable Clash earlier this year) and Allan fucking Boyd! See you there.Allan Boyd (left... beyond left) is the antipoet. He's performed his "radical, difficult and acerbic" word packets since 1995, featuring at countless festivals across Australia. With a swag of gigs and CDs as singer-songwriter for original bands; a decade of community radio; and over two million trees planted, he’s recently been artist in residence for Amnesty International’s ARTillery Festival.He builds dynamic websites [including ours - thanks Al...ed] for a living and teaches experimental writing at Curtin University. Website: antipoet.blogspot.com Alex Wolman is an aspiring poet who, to his relief, feels that he is getting better. He has made two short films (one of which was accepted by the UWA arts journal TROVE), staged a play and released a zine that he is now embarrassed by. His love affair with writing poetry began with confessional free verse but over time has become aware of the benefits of more structured work. His favourite poets are Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams.   Read more...
  • Sun 24 June: Perth Poetry Club at Nedlands Library with Andrew Burke, Tineke van der Eecken, Danny Gunzburg and Keren Gila Raiter

    On Sunday 24 June 2012 the PERTH POETRY CLUB experience comes to Nedlands Library with MC Neil J Pattinson and four special guests, Andrew Burke, Tineke van der Eecken, Danny Gunzburg and Keren Gila Raiter, plus limited open mike and refreshments. Free entry. 2-3:30pm at Nedlands Library, 60 Stirling Highway, Nedlands. <!--break-->Danny Gunzburg has been writing poems since he was thirteen and songs since he was fifteen. His work has appeared in Verandah, Going Down Swinging, Fremantle Arts Review and other periodicals. In 1995 he was an Emerging-Writer-In-Residence at the KSP Writers’ Centre and in 2005 he published his first book of poems, “Dangerous Times With The Humourless Psychologist”, which has recently been reprinted.Tineke Van der Eecken is a Belgian-born Fremantle-based writer of personal, moving yet deeply philosophical poetry and prose. She had poetry and short stories published in Indigo, Creatrix, Dreamcatcher and Blackmail Press. Her first full-length publication is 'Cafe d'Afrique’. Tineke won the 2011 Karen W Treanor Poetry Award with her multilingual poetry.Andrew Burke has had nine collections of poetry published, plus short stories in literary magazines and newspapers, small plays and tiny films exhibited in the 70s. Recently he published a novel Blue Rose (available at http://etextpress.com/books.htm). To feed a growing family he worked in media and advertising for two decades, then developed a career lecturing at tertiary institutions, including a year lecturing in China, followed by time tutoring indigenous students in the Kimberley. He writes a blog at http://hispirits.blogspot.com.Keren Gila Raiter weaves experience into spoken words with sounds and movements that will leave you excited, amused, and bearing a new insight into the world that we share. An ecologist and philosopher by training, Keren is awed by the natural world and the power of our emotions and stories to give us meaning in an otherwise very mysterious existence. She has deep connections with Australia, Africa, and the Middle East and writes about organisms and evolution, love and philosophy, culture and countries, and has performed at numerous places around Western Australia and Tel Aviv. See a preview of Keren’s creations at keren0.wordpress.com.  Read more...
  • 23 June: John Ryan and Neil J 'BRILO' Pattinson at Perth Poetry Club

    Two magnificent men of verse...John Ryan is a poet with a keen interest in nature. With artist Ellen Hickman he is co-author of a volume of botanical illustration and poetry to be published in 2012 by Fremantle Press. He is also a contributor to a forthcoming collection Fremantle Poets 3: Performance Poets (Fremantle Press). He house-sits in the Perth area.        A Performance Poet With an often Bombastic style of Social Commentary, which may be Defined as Confronting & has been discribed as Cynical.They're just as Misanthropic, Misogynist, Anti-Semitic, Racist, Homophobic, Xenophobic and Bigoted as the next person, who's tired of Criminality being alleged?!!? A Contemporary of MC Naked Blind.&Co-Founder of Naked Blind Events... He is the Human we know asN.J. (BRILO) Pattinson   Read more...
  • 16 June: Murray Jennings + Allan Padgett

    Don't remember the 60s? We don't think this week's guests do either, but they lived to write the tale. On 16 June at Perth Poetry Club hear the lush radio tones and sometimes-prizewinning poems of Murray Jennings, and the headrush verbal harmonics of our favourite fieldgrown larrikin Allan Padgett. (And none of this over-flavoured adjective soup.) After a professional career mostly in radio broadcasting and training, and writing short fiction and poems in his spare time, Murray Jennings (left) retired to write his third novel. He has nearly finished it and hopes it will be the first to be published. He has a wife and grownup family, all of whom are extremely talented, so he tends to live in their shadow, which is fine, because he's always been a night person.  Allan Padgett has written poetry on and off - mostly off - ever since he was an angst-ridden teenager in country Victoria in the 60s. Now that he has grown up [sic...ed] and retired, he has found the time and inspiration to write regularly.      Read more...
  • Coming up in June and July at Perth Poetry Club REVISED (Allan Boyd, Alex Wolman, Amber Fresh)

    16 June: Murray Jennings + Allan Padgett23 June: John Ryan + Neil J PattinsonSun 24 June, 2-3:30pm at Nedlands Library: Andrew Burke, Tineke van der Eecken, Danny Gunzburg, Keren Gila Raiter, limited open mike. MC Neil J Pattinson30 June Allan Boyd + Alex Wolman7 July: 'Primo Lux' student poetry showcase14 July: Caitlin Maling + Julienne Juschke21 July: Amber Fresh + TBA Read more...
  • 9 June: Jennifer and Horst Kornberger

    Jennifer Kornberger is a poet, playwright, artist and teacher. She co-founded the Goethean Studies Programme and the School of Integral Art in Perth. Jennifer's poetry is published in major Australian anthologies and Sunline Press published her first book of poetry, 'I could be rain' in 2007. Jennifer wrote and produced five festival dramas, which were conceived as a new form of contemporary ritual. In 2010 she received an Australia Council Literature Grant to develop her second book of poetry with the theme of light, darkness and colour.Horst Kornberger is a writer, poet, lecturer, interdisciplinary artist and researcher into the field of imagination and creativity. Horst has taught Goethean Studies, Anthroposophy and Epistemology in the US and Australia. He is the director of the School of Integral Art where he pioneers creative and biographical writing. His book, 'The Power of Stories', has been published by Floris Books, UK. He lectures internationally on themes of education, creativity, meditative inquiry, community building and compassionate ecology. See also www.horstkornberger.com.(bios and photos from the School of Integral Art website, www.sofia.net.au)  Read more...
  • 2 June ADRIAN CAESAR (Canberra) + Daniel Oxenburgh ('Bilby')

    Adrian Caesar (left) is the author of several books of literary criticism and his non-fiction novel The White (Picador, 1999) won the Victorian Premier’s Award for non-fiction and the A.C.T. Book of the Year in 2000. His poetry has been published widely in periodicals and anthologies in Australia and overseas. He has published four books of poetry, including his latest publication High Wire (Pandanus Press, 2005).   Daniel Oxenburgh is also known as Snoop Bilby (hop hop artist). His poetry was illustrated by Alexander Hayes and published with an exhibition “Quicksilver” at Gomboc Gallery in 2002. He has written poetry to accompany two photography exhibitions by Angus Skene “Formations Creatures Land and Sea” in 2010 and “Kimberley Expressions” in 2011. In 2008 he won the West Australian Environment Award in Small Business for his work in natural garden products and revegetation.  Read more...
  • Poets at Nedlands Library 2-4pm Sun 24 June

    Perth Poetry Club presents Keren Gila Raiter Danny Gunzburg Tineke van der Eecken Andrew Burke Limited open mike MC Neil J Pattinson 2-4pm, Sunday 24 June Nedlands Library, 60 Stirling Highway, Nedlands Refreshments provided Free Read more...
  • 26 May - Flora Smith and Dick Alderson at Perth Poetry Club

    Flora Smith wrote short stories before she began writing poetry 8 years ago, and her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies around Australia. Her latest poems appear with those of Chris Konrad and Rose van Son in Sandfire, published by Sunline Press in January. Flora says that her love of travel combined with a life of language teaching has led to her fascination with people, a subject ever-present in her poetry.  Dick Alderson grew up in Perth on a small farm with chickens and orange trees. He became an engineer and at various times lived in Sydney and London. Having got over engineering he started writing poetry in 1994. His poems have appeared in journals including Blue Dog, Indigo and Westerly, and anthologies such as EmPowa and The Weighing of the Heart. He reads his work at venues in Perth and Fremantle.    Read more...
  • Upcoming featured guests

    19 May Ken Hudson + Kate Wilson 26 May Flora Smith + Dick Alderson 2 June ADRIAN CAESAR (Canberra) + Daniel Oxenburgh ('Bilby') 9 June Jennifer & Horst Kornberger 16 June Allan Padgett + Murray Jennings 23 June Neil J Pattinson + TBA 24 June at Nedlands Library: Danny Gunzburg, Keren Gila Raiter, Tineke van der Eecken, Andrew Burke A note to any poets visiting Perth from interstate or overseas during this time. Please contact us anyway as we may be able to fit you in. Read more...
  • 19 May Kate Wilson + Ken Hudson

    Don't miss Perth Poetry Club on Sat 19 May 2012, or you'll miss Kate Wilson, Bunbury's most entertaining poetic export, and local word-wielder Ken Hudson. 2pm at The Moon, 323 William Street Northbridge.Kate Wilson’s poems are meant to be heard, seen and felt. When she’s not at home in Bunbury, Kate (left) can be found writing, performing and slamming her way around WA at events and festivals. Last year her advocacy for women through poetry earned her a place in the WA Women’s Hall of Fame on International Women’s Day. Kate aims to deliver her poetry from her heart to yours. Ken Hudson says of himself: 'I've written since 10, from 16-30 published in many literary magazines, some anthologies and won some minor competitions. I was getting noticed nationally when poetry dried up. I spent 20 years writing music and non-fiction, then 10 years in visual arts. Poetry returned 2 years ago and I've concentrated on this. I've had some national (one international) publications, featured at several poetry readings, and am working on 5 manuscripts.'   Read more...
  • 12 May 2012: Mar Bucknell

    On Saturday 12 May 2012 Perth Poetry Club presents the remarkable MAR BUCKNELL.Mar's bio (as supplied) reads: 'Mar Bucknell is a minimalist. Poet.'Robert Frost apparently said that 'poet' is a praise word -- you should wait for someone else to call you that. Haha. It's ok -- people have been calling Mar a poet for years. Some of his poems are quotable in half a breath, others require an attention span beyond the limits of the average West Australian. His zine 'Laments' (available free, if we have any left) is one of our faves. NOT TO BE MISSED. Read more...
  • 5 May 2012: Shey Marque + Phil McNamara

    We enjoyed a little of Shey Marque's poetry last year at the Poets@KSP 'Shimmer' chapbook showcase and we're looking forward to hearing more. Shey is a rehabilitated ex-scientist with an MA in creative writing and an obsession with ghosts. From there she became lost in poetry to avoid finishing her first novel and never returned. Currently she is trying to shake off her professional student status by cutting her hair and getting a job, and can be found most days at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre. Phillip McNamara (left) has been a compulsive scribbler of poetry since primary school. Decades later he hasn't quite become a quick-witted trickster or a lame footed hermit of solitude. Nevertheless he is still exploring, through words, archetypal regions of the psyche. He was a guest poet at the 2010 WA Poetry Festival with poems from To Bring All Circles Full (just ordinary life to treasure. At Perth Poetry Club he will read work from a new series.    Read more...
  • 28 April 2012 Bron Bateman + Glen Phillips

    On Saturday 28 April at Perth Poetry Club we are thrilled to present BRON BATEMAN and GLEN PHILLIPS. 2-4pm at The Moon. Plus open mike.Bron Bateman has a Doctorate in Creative Writing and a collection published, people from bones. She has work published in the US, Britain and Australia. Her poetry deals with the body, sexuality and issues that are hard to deal with. If you've experienced the rare treat of hearing Bron read her poetry, you'll know why we are excited to have her. Otherwise come along and find out.In 1985 Glen Phillips with three other poets formed a performance group, 'Poetry in Motion'. That's a long time ago, but Glen is still at it. He is Director of the International Centre for Landscape and Language at Edith Cowan University. His poetry has appeared all over the place, here and overseas. His poetry collections include Intersections, Umbria-Australia, Green and Gold (with Walter Cerquetti), Poetry in Motion (with three others), Sacrificing the Leaves, Lovesongs, Lovescenes, Spring Burning and Singing Granites (with Anne Born). www.wapoets.net.au/documents/poets/GlenPhillips       Read more...
  • Our awesome guest list Apr-Jun 2012

    The temperature is no longer HOT in the Moon but the POETRY is! 28 April Glen Phillips + Bron Bateman 5 May Shey Marque + Phil McNamara 12 May TBA + Mar Bucknell 19 May Ken Hudson + Kate Wilson 26 May Flora Smith + Dick Alderson 2 June TBA 9 June Jennifer & Horst Kornberger 16 June Allan Padgett + Murray Jennings A note to any poets visiting Perth from interstate or overseas during this time. Please contact us anyway as we may be able to fit you in. Read more...
  • 21 April 2012: Rachael Petridis + Christine Della Vedova

    Christine Della Vedova is a teacher, a student of life and a self-confessed word nerd. She has written singles ads for the lonely and horny. She has taught English to kids in Korea and Peru, and tai chi to seniors. She once built a 6 metre Chinese Dragon. Recently the Business and Professional Women's Association named her their Young West Australian Woman of the Year. Now she teaches refugee and migrant children and says she cannot think of a more fulfilling career.PS We like her poems :-) Rachael Petridis is a Western Australian poet, published nationally in literary journals and anthologies. In 2004 she was selected for the New Poets program at Wollongong NSW. In 2009 she won a place at the Varuna Longlines Australian Poetry Workshop in Katoomba NSW. Her first collection “Sundecked” was published by the Australian Poetry Centre in 2010 and received a “Commended” in the Anne Elder Award.     Read more...
  • 14 Apr 2012: Jo Clarke + Karen Murphy

    On 14 April Perth Poetry Club presents two women whose words speak for themselves -- Jo Clarke and Karen Murphy.Josephine Clarke (left) writes short stories and poetry. She is an active member of Out of the Asylum Writers’ Group and helps run the 'Voicebox' monthly poetry readings. Her poems have recently been published in dotdotdash and Creatrix. Her poem pruning was commended in the 2011 Tom Collins Poetry Prize. Karen Murphy (right) has a BA in Creative Writing from Curtin University, where she continues to study. She writes poetry and prose.  She recently joined the Perth Poetry Club organising group (thanks Karen). She is the WA coordinator for Australian Poetry, co-chairperson of WA Poets Inc and publications manager of Creatrix. She helps coordinate the annual WA Poetry Festival. When she isn’t busy doing all that, she works as a freelance writer, publishing her poetry in Australian literary journals.     Read more...
  • 7 Apr 2012 Mardi May & Andrew Burke

    Mardi May is a management member and facilitator at KSP Writers Centre. Her short stories and poetry have been widely awarded and published and performed. She has written 4 books on social history and 3 poetry collections and a verse novella. She’s currently finishing a 2nd verse novella, which has been keeping her off the streets where she often finds her poetry.Andrew Burke has had 9 poetry collections, plays, short stories, a novel and literary criticism published. He has had two careers - advertising Creative Director and university tutor & lecturer. In March, Walleah Press will publish his New & Selected entitled 'Undercover of Lightness' and in the same month Canadian publisher Above/Ground Press will publish 'Shikibu Shuffle' a collaboration with Phillip Hall, winner of last year's Governor General's Award for Poetry.      Read more...
  • LINEUPS April May 2012

    Here's who we've booked for your poetic entertainment and inspiration at Perth Poetry Club during April and May.7 April   Andrew Burke + Mardi May14 April   Jo Clarke + Karen Murphy21 April   Rachael Petridis + Christine Della Vedova28 April   Glen Phillips + Bron Bateman 5 May  Shey Marque + TBA12 May Maureen Sexton + Mar Bucknell19 May Ken Hudson + Kate Wilson26 May Flora Smith + Dick Alderson A note to any poets visiting Perth from interstate or overseas during this time. Please contact us anyway please as we may be able to fit you in.  Read more...
  • 31 Mar 2012: Jake Dennis, Sunny-Belle Roberts-Floyd

    Sunny is a philosophically flexible whelmed zen optimist, served with a shrewd side of steamed satire. Her favourite sports include zero gravity pingpong and synchronised subterranean jelly wrestling. Currently waging a war against boredom and the excessive use of beige, botox and bad puns and fighting the debilitating effects of superficial bullshit. Sincerely believes that fishes and bicycles don't go together but is in favour of axelotyls that ride tricycles. Jake Dennis had work published last year in Wet Ink, Page Seventeen, dotdotdash, Art Monthly Australia, Vibewire, River Tales, Creative Connections, Metior, and Cottonmouth. He also won the Now & Then Literature Prize and was a Young Writer-in-Residence at the Katherine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre. He runs a book club, writes for Science Network WA, sings for funk/soul/pop cover band The Entourage, and organises our guest bookings.  Read more...
  • 24 Mar 2012: KEVIN GILLAM, PRAVEEN ELANGO

    Kevin Gillam is a West Australian born poet and musician. He has had three books of poetry published, "Other Gravities"(2003) and "Permitted to Fall" (2007), both by Sunline Press, and "songs sul G" in 'Two Poets' published by Fremantle Press in 2011. He has also had two chapbooks published by Picaro Press, "shouting, drowning"(2006), and "closer to now" (2009). His poems have also been published in numerous Australian literary journals and anthologies, including 'Best Australian Poems' (2006 and 2008) and 'The Best Australian Poetry' (2006). He works as Director of Music at Christ Church Grammar School.Quite the International citizen, Praveen Elango was born of Indian parents in Malaysia, and grew up in Oman - one of the more conservative Middle-Eastern countries. For the last two years, he has been living in Perth, studying Creative writing at Curtin University. Praveen uses humour in an attempt to diffuse the many cultural conflicts that he sees around him, giving people an excuse to instead laugh off their differences.    Read more...
  • 17 March ROLAND LEACH + PAUL SUTHERLAND

    Our guest poets this week are ROLAND LEACH -- an excellent poet whose other labour of love is the beautiful books published by Sunline Press, one of Western Australia's few poetry presses -- and PAUL SUTHERLAND, who is perhaps the youngest poet we've ever featured at Perth Poetry Club. Plus open mike. Professional sound. 2-4pm at The Moon.Paul Sutherland is an eccentric 17-year-old who has recently entered university. Although he spent most of his childhood in Kalgoorlie, he's far more comfortable calling the city his home. Paul has always been interested in language, and over the last couple of years he has turned this interest into a hobby. He's still new to the poetry scene, but what he lacks in experience he makes up with idealism, romanticism and ambition.Roland Leach is the proprietor of Sunline Press, which has published fourteen collections of poetry by Australian poets. He has three collections of poetry, the latest My Father’s Pigs published by Picaro Press. He has won the Newcastle Poetry Prize and Josephine Ulrick Prize and received an Australia Council Grant to write poetry in the Galapagos Islands. Read more...
  • Whats coming up... (March - April 2012)

    What's coming up at Perth Poetry Club10 Mar Meg McKinlay + Annie Otness17 Mar Paul Sutherland + Roland Leach24 Mar Praveen Elango + Kevin Gillam31 Mar Sunny-Belle Roberts-Floyd + Jake Dennis7 Apr Andrew Burke + Mardi May14 Apr Jo Clarke + Karen Murphy21 Apr Rachael Petridis + ?? Read more...
  • 10 Mar 2012 - MEG McKINLAY and ANNIE OTNESS.

    Saturday 10 March: Annie Otness & Meg McKinlay.Before we talk about Perth Poetry Club let's talk about Poetry Pantree - a new fortnightly event, starting this Friday 9 March, sharing poetry, stories and music.Fortnightly Fridays from 6pm at Soul Tree Cafe, 5/3 Railway Parade Glen Forrest. $5 entry; or $20 for entry plus organic dinner & dessert. Contact Laura 0403 792 410, Jazmin 9298 9997.This Saturday 10 March at Perth Poetry Club we feature MEG McKINLAY and ANNIE OTNESS.Annie Otness was born once upon a time in Tasmania, and lives in Hamilton Hill. She stands for sharing and reconciliation and strives for a better world through her art. Guided by the light of bright souls and the heart’s truth she has flights of fancy and dives of despair. She is an award winning poet, playwright, and artist. Her work is layered with symbol and colour.Meg McKinlay has published poetry and short fiction in the usual places and some you've never heard of. Her first collection, Cleanskin, was published in 2007 by The Westerly Centre. She is an Honorary Research Associate at UWA and also writes books for children. She has been vowing to carve out more time for poetry for approximately four years and counting... Read more...