Readings are at the Wickham Park Hotel, corner of Maitland Road and Albert St, Wickham, commencing at 7.30pm. All meetings include an open reading bracket. Gold coin donation requested.
May 15 – Alex Stavropoulos
Alex has been involved with Poetry at the Pub since those days at the Grand Hotel in the dim distant past. And yet he has never been guest poet. Until now. Alex’s poetry has a seam of humour running through it, and a sense of social justice. As he says, he’s a legend in his own bathroom.
May 29 – Beth Spencer and Writers living with disabilities theme night
Sponsored by the Wicko
Beth Spencer is one of 28 poets featured in a new anthology due out this month called Shaping the Fractured Self: poetry of chronic illness and pain.
Beth will be supported by local poets Kerri Shying and Danny Gentile, and an AUSLAN interpreter for the deaf community with thanks to Octapod.
“Invisible and chronic illness and disability differs greatly from acute illness.
It slides along as the undercurrent, emerging in surprising places.” – Kerri Shying
Beth Spencer is the author of Vagabondage (UWAP), The Party of Life (Flying Islands), How to Conceive of a Girl (Random House) and Things in a Glass Box (FIP). A selection of her ABC-Radio National sound and text pieces — including a feature on Poetica — were collected on the double CD, Body of Words (dogmedia). Her awards include the Age Short Story Award, runner up for the Steele Rudd, the inaugural Dinny O’Hearn Fellowship, a Varuna Writers Fellowship, and several Literature Board fellowships from the Australia Council. She also has a PhD on ‘The Body as Fiction/Fiction as a Way of Thinking’ and a website at http://www.bethspencer.com
Kerri Shying was awarded a NSW Emerging Writers Grant for 2017 and has a Pocket Book in progress, with poems and short stories. She has had poems in Cordite, and in anthologies, the most recent being Blank Rune Press’s Love is so Short. She is the peer supporter for the disability writing group Write-Up!
Danny Gentile has published in Meanjin, Cordite, Overland, Southerly and in the inaugural edition of Snap, a journal dedicated to work about and by people living with disabilities. His poems have been shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize on three occasions and also appear in the A Slow Combusting Hymn anthology. He is soon to take up a Poetry Residency at Maitland Regional Gallery as part of the Verses Project.
June 19 – Jenny Blackford
Jenny’s degree was in Classics (Greek and Latin) at the University of Newcastle, before she took a 20-year detour into computer networking in Melbourne. Now back in Newcastle, she writes poetry and prose for people of all ages. Her poems and stories have appeared in Westerly, Going Down Swinging and Cosmos, as well as that venerable institution, The School Magazine. Her prizes include first place in the Humorous Verse section of the Henry Lawson awards 2014 and the Connemara Mussell Festival Poetry Competition 2016, third in the prestigious ACU Prize for Literature 2014, and two prizes in the Scartel Stiletto Short Story Awards 2016. Judy Johnson described The Duties of a Cat, an illustrated pamphlet of Jenny’s cat poems published by Pitt Street Poetry in 2013, as “a lovely, complex and thought provoking little poetry book.” Her first full-length poetry collection is The Loyalty of Chickens, also from Pitt Street Poetry, for readers 11 years to adult. http://www.jennyblackford.com
Poetry at the Pub is on the 3rd and 5th Mondays of the month. Mostly.
Information courtesy of PATP publicity