Join us and meet other writers!

In the leafy grounds and hibiscus shade of the Fremantle Arts Centre Café.

Flame Trees in the Courtyard

Take your time to feel the energy of leaf power.

Friendly Fauna

Oh good, a bunch of writers with food!

Always be on the lookout for strange characters

They will make an interesting plot.

Haiku for Joyce

concrete two-seater
come, come, all writers sit on
my hard art

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The David Harold Tribe Poetry Award 2013

The Department of English is pleased to be hosting the David Harold Tribe Poetry Award, which is now open for submissions.
The Award is designed to encourage the writing of and appreciation for poetry in Australia, and is open to poets across the nation. The prize money of $12,000 makes it one of the most generous poetry prizes in Australia.
The award will be made for the best original poem of up to 100 lines, and the winner will be selected by an expert judging panel, which is made up of Dr Peter Minter (poet, poetry editor at Overland, senior lecturer at University of Sydney), Sarah Day (poet and poetry editor for Island Magazine) and Geoff Page (poet and former poetry critic for The Canberra Times).
The deadline for submissions is 13th September 2013, and the winner will be announced at the Department of English's Creative Writing Soirée in mid-November.
This award has been made possible by a donation from David Harold Tribe through the David Harold Tribe Charitable Foundation. The Poetry Award forms part of an awards program that supports a number of different cultural pursuits at the University of Sydney. The program offers five prizes worth $12,000 each in the areas of fiction, poetry, philosophy, sculpture and symphony. These categories rotate each year.
This is the second David Harold Tribe Poetry Award, the first of which was awarded to John Bennett in 2008 for his poem Kitchen Music.
David Harold Tribe, himself a poet since his school days, says of the award "I believe that poetry is worth celebrating, and I'm very excited about giving poets the opportunity to submit their work without having the stress of finding an entry fee. I feel that my award of $12,000 could be a life-changing sum of money for some poets."
"It is my hope that the award enables poets to begin their literary career with confidence and/or encourages them to use the money to travel overseas, increasing their awareness of the world, which I feel builds a strong foundation and is very important."
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Monday, August 19, 2013

Vale: Sally Clarke - our dear member and poet will be sadly missed

We are sad to learn of the passing of our much loved member and poet Sally Clarke.  RIP

from Dancing in Odessa
             by Ilya Kaminsky

We lived North of the future…
were born there
into summer twilight evenings;
cold winter nights, frost and snow
underlay our present,
hard-to-ignore cuckoo call,
hazy bluebell woods, deciduous trees,
gold autumn Cotswold stone,
that way of thinking...

yet we have lived here
more years than there,
accept another language,
red earth, drought-ridden summers,
bask in sea/beach clarity,
hard-to-ignore antipodean flora/fauna,
gum trees you can see the sky through,
red callistemon, parakeet, kookaburra...

we will not go back.
                         Sally Clarke

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Multilingual Poetry @ the Perth Poetry Festival 2013

Rosie Barter will read at an evening of poetry performed by bilingual and multilingual poets coordinated by Belgian-born poet, Tineke Van der Eecken. Rosie 's poetry will be read in both English and Greek. Other poets, incl. Weina Fan, Vivienne Glance, Anna Kiss-Gyorgy, Afeil Ismail, Rashida Murphy and Hessom Razavi. Including the host Tineke Van der Eecken these poets will charm you with language, and introduce you to rich and diverse cultures of the world. There will be open mike for anyone inspired to join in this language festivity.
$15 / $10 concession

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Peter Porter Poetry Prize

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2014 is now open, with prize money worth a total of $6500. This year we will be accepting online submissions for the first time and we encourage poets to  enter online. Also for the first time this year, we will be accepting international entries.
Click here to enter online.
We will also be accepting hard copy entries using this entry form.
The Peter Porter Poetry Prize is one of Australia’s most lucrative and respected awards for poetry, and guarantees winners wide exposure through publication in ABR.

First prize: $4000

Closing date: 20 November 2013


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