Poetry at The Gods 2012

Tues Feb 14 & 15                   Les Murray (Bunyah, NSW)
Tues Mar 13                           Ron Pretty (Wollongong)
Vincent O’Sullivan (Dunedin, NZ)
Tues Apr 10                            Keith Harrison (Cbr)
P.S. Cottier (Cbr)
Russell Erwin (Crookwell, NSW)
Tues May 8                             Roland Robinson Centenary Tribute
Jane Williams (Hobart)
Tues Jun 12                            Kathryn Lomer (Hobart)
Gig Ryan (Melbourne)
Tues Jul 10                             Michael Byrne (Cbr)
Melinda Smith (Cbr)
Suzanne Edgar (Cbr)
Tues Jul 24                           Dead Poets’ Dinner
Tues Aug 14                          Lisa Gorton (Melbourne)
Aidan Coleman (Adelaide)
Tues Sep 11                           Ross Donlon (Castlemaine, Victoria)
Felicity Plunkett (Sydney)
Tues Oct 9                            Sarah Rice (Cbr)
Paul Hetherington (Cbr)
Susan Hampton (Cbr)
Tues Nov 13                         Sarah Holland-Batt (Brisbane)
Robert Adamson (Brooklyn, NSW)
Tues Dec 11                          Hal Judge (Cbr)
Paul Magee (Cbr)
Kathy Kituai (Cbr)

Bookings essential. 6248 5538 Light meals are available at 6.30. ‘Non-eating’ seats can also be booked.
Admission: $10 waged; $5 unwaged. Seating limited to 80 people.
The Gods Café/Bar is in the ANU Arts Centre (across the quadrangle from the Student Union near Sullivan’s Creek).
Sponsors: Collaery Lawyers, Daltons Books, Aldo Giurgola, Z4 Wines, The Gods Café Bar

Les Murray’s most recent collection is Taller When Prone (Black Inc 2010). He is probably  Australia’s best-known living poet. His new anthology, The Quadrant Book of Poetry: 2001 — 2010, has just been released. He lives in Bunyah, NSW.

Ron Pretty ran the Poetry Australia Foundation and was Director of Five Islands Press until he retired in 2007. He taught creative writing at the Universities of Wollongong and Melbourne. His seventh collection, Postcards from the Centre, was published in 2010.

Vincent O’Sullivan’s new book of poems, The Movie May Be Slightly Different, was published in 2011. A new collection of stories is due this year, as well as his edition of Katherine Mansfield’s Complete Fiction. He has recently shifted from Wellington to Dunedin.

Keith Harrison’s When We Come Home: New & Selected Poems will be launched in America and Australia in 2012 to coincide with the author’s 80th birthday. Many of its poems have appeared in Australian journals and anthologies such as the Best Australian Poems series.

P.S. Cottier’s second book of poetry The Cancellation of Clouds was published late in 2011 (Ginninderra Press).  She was joint winner of the David Campbell award in 2010, and blogs at www. HYPERLINK “http://pscottier.com/” pscottier.com

Russell Erwin lives near Goulburn where he runs cattle and crossbred sheep and grows native plants. He has published three books, one of which was runner-up to Rosemary Dobson in The Age Book of the Year Award.

Roland Robinson (1912-1992) was one of Australia’s most distinguished lyric poets. Originally identified with the Jindyworobak school, his work widened in scope and technique to include collections such as The Nearest the White Man Gets (1989) where he collaborated with Aboriginal elders in retelling their myths and legends in verse for a contemporary audience. He also worked as a fettler, ballet dancer and green-keeper at various points in his life.

Jane Williams is the author of four collections of poems and one of short stories. Awards for her poetry include the Anne Elder Award and the D.J O’Hearn Memorial Fellowship. Her most recent collection of poems is City of Possibilities (Interactive Press 2011). She lives in Hobart.

Kathryn Lomer has published two prize-winning collections of poetry, Extraction of Arrows and Two Kinds of Silence.  As well as a novel and a collection of short fiction, she has also published two young adult novels.

Gig Ryan’s New and Selected Poems (Giramondo), a sample from her six previous books, came out in 2011. It will also be published by Bloodaxe, UK, in 2012. Gig Ryan is poetry editor of The Age and a freelance reviewer.

Michael Byrne has published three books of poetry with Ginninderra Press, two of them winning the ACT Writing and Publishing Award for Poetry.  A poem of his appeared in The Best Australian Poetry 2009 (UQP).  He is also the editor of The Indigo Book of Australian Prose Poems.

Melinda Smith is the author of three books of poetry, including a collection about autism. Her work has appeared in several Best Australian Poems anthologies. She has also won the David Campbell Prize. Melinda blogs at  HYPERLINK “http://www.melindasmith.wordpress.com” http://www.melindasmith.wordpress.com

Suzanne Edgar has been a critic, editor and fiction writer.  Her poetry collection, The Painted Lady (Indigo), sold out and was reprinted in 2007. It was also short-listed for the ACT’s Book of the Year Award and the ACT Writing and Publishing Award.  Her next collection is Talking Late.

The Dead Poets’ Dinner (Tues July 24) is a well-established Canberra event where poets and poetry lovers meet to present a couple of poems by their favourite dead poets to an appreciative audience. It will include a substantial two-course meal, including coffee, for $30. There is no entry fee. Bookings directly to the Gods on 6248 5538. Reading order is on a ‘first-in, first-served’ booking sheet on the night. Not everyone needs to read.

Lisa Gorton lives in Melbourne. Her first poetry collection, Press Release, won the Victorian Premier’s Prize. She has also received the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize. Her second poetry collection, Hotel Hyperion, is due out from Giramondo this year.

Aidan Coleman lives in Adelaide where he teaches English at Cedar College. His first full-length poetry collection was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. His second, Asymmetry, will be published by Brandl & Schlesinger in 2012.

Ross Donlon was born in Sydney and now lives in Castlemaine, Victoria. He has won international poetry prizes and read at poetry festivals in Australia and England. His latest book is The Blue Dressing Gown and Other Poems  (Profile Poetry 2011).

Felicity Plunkett’s debut collection, Vanishing Point (UQP 2009), won the Thomas Shapcott Prize. She also has a chapbook, Seastrands (2011), with Vagabond Press and is the editor of Thirty Australian Poets (UQP, 2011). Since 2010 she has been poetry editor at UQP.

Sarah Rice was a winner in this year’s Gwen Harwood Prize. Her limited-edition art-book of poetry, Those Who Travel, with prints by Patsy Payne (Ampersand Duck), is currently on display at the NGA.

Paul Hetherington has published eight collections of poetry and edited the final three volumes of the diaries of Donald Friend (NLA). He is Associate Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra and editor of the online journal Axon: Creative Explorations  HYPERLINK “http://www.axonjournal.com.au/” http://www.axonjournal.com.au

Susan Hampton has published six books of poetry, the most recent being News of the Insect World (Five Islands Press 2009). Her previous book, The Kindly Ones, was shortlisted for four national awards and won the Judith Wright Award in 2006. She also works as an editor.

Sarah Holland-Batt’s first book, Aria (UQP) was awarded the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, the FAW Anne Elder Award and the Arts ACT Judith Wright Poetry Prize. She has been a resident at the B.R. Whiting Studio in Rome and awarded a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship. Sarah is currently a lecturer in Literary Studies and Creative Writing at QUT.

Robert Adamson has written seventeen collections of poetry, the latest being The Kingfisher’s Soul (Bloodaxe Books UK) and The Golden Bird (Black Inc). In 2011 he won the Blake Prize for Poetry, the Patrick White Award and was appointed to the Chair of Poetry at U.T.S.

Hal Judge’s Someone Forgot to Tell the Fish (Interactive Publications 2007) was commended in the FAW Anne Elder Award. He is currently ACT Director of Australian Poetry Ltd, a teacher in communications at ADFA and facilitates poetry workshops in prisons. He has also worked for the ACT Writers Centre and Halstead Press.

Paul Magee is the author of From Here to Tierra del Fuego (University of Illinois Press: 2000) and Cube Root of Book (John Leonard Press: 2006). His next poetry collection, Chapter Twelve, is due out in 2013.  He teaches poetry at the University of Canberra.

Kathy Kituai has published in the UK, USA, Canada, Japan, NZ and Australia. She has
produced five poetry books (two in collaboration with Amelia Fielden), two CDs, a children’s picture book, three anthologies and a radio documentary.

Bookings essential. 6248 5538 Light meals are available at 6.30. ‘Non-eating’ seats can also be booked. Admission: $10 waged; $5 unwaged. Seating limited to 80 people. The Gods Café/Bar is in the ANU Arts Centre (across the quad- rangle from the Student Union near Sullivan’s Creek).