The Hobart Writers Festival will be on next weekend – 9th and 10th of October 2021. It has been keeping me very busy over the last few weeks, mostly on things like the website, ticketing and other marketing collateral, but what I’m happiest about is having facilitated several sessions that will bring some amazing writers, …
I’m really pleased to announce the publication, by Bright South, of Tim Slade’s debut collection of poetry, The Walnut Tree. This has been a labour of love for both Tim and myself. It’s the culmination of many years of work for Tim, and for me – this is why Bright South publishes – to showcase top …
Bright South has been supporting the Tasmanian Poetry Festival a little lately, including hosting their programme. Check it out, and more – get thee there! Read more… (click the heading to do so, and to activate links to the programme and TPF website)
This one is just a quick post to refer you, dear reader, to some books I’ve reviewed recently, and not that recently. How time flies… Poetry Tilting at Time by Greg Tome, Plumwood Mountain Journal, November 2020. When Poets Write Prose, a review of recent collections by Joanne Burns, Stephanie Green and Jane Williams, Cordite, 20 …
An essay on Oliné Keese’s The Broad Arrow, Robert S. Close’s Eliza Callahan and Rachel Leary’s Bridget Crack, reflecting on poetic language in Tasmanian writing and the sensory and emotional languages we use to communicate with and about the world.
Rachel’ Mead’s The Flaw in the Pattern takes you on a journey ranging from Tasmania’s Overland Track to the southern ocean, and out into the great basin of Lake Eyre. Her observations are always interknitted with the intimate details of life and human relations, which allow you to see into the flaws in the patterns of everyday language.
Susan Richardson’s wonderful collection of marine creature themed poetry, Words the Turtle Taught Me is not only a fantastic read but would also be a really valuable classroom resource for anyone studying marine life, endangered species or interested in exploring different ways to write poetry.
Dominique Hecq’s Hush: A Fugue is a quiet, sad, collection of poems, which, for me, really evokes the atmosphere of Melbourne. Dominique is an accomplished writer, in this volume exploring themes of loss and mourning, not only of a child, but also of her mother tongue, French.
Kirsten Lang’s poems thoughtful and profound explorations of the spaces between human and nonhuman, the self and the world. Her writing speaks of the ‘vibrant matter’ of the world and give you a sense of being enmeshed in a glittering web that connects you to everything around you.
This is an extraordinary extended prose-poem that will surely appeal to lovers of triffids and weird and visceral adventures.