Poetry at the Pub Upcoming

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.


March 19th – John Carey

Launch of “Duck Soup & Swansongs”

A lot of the funnier satirical poems (but not all of them) are in “Duck Soup”. Who remembers the Marx Brothers? The calmer more contemplative poems (but not all of them) are in ” Swansongs” where there is a mood of elegy at times. In his blurb, Peter Boyle said of the collection: “Witty, finely crafted genuinely funny… I can think of very few poets with such a capacity for sustained humour and inventiveness.  Underlying Carey’s poems is a clear-sighted voice that registers the follies, pretensions and violence of humanity.” The mood of elegy applies to myself in a sense. I’m not likely to do another collection (my fifth). Not that I’m sick, I’ll keep writing. Just a bit tired in terms of the whole process. We always hope and believe that each collection is our best.


Upcoming program

Launch of Brew: 30 Years of Poetry At The Pub Newcastle

At Newcastle Writers Festival

5.30-6.30pm Saturday 7th April Newcastle somewhere around Town Hall

Newcastle’s Poetry At The Pub is Australia’s longest-running spoken word venue. PATP celebrates 30 years of poetry with the publication of Brew: 30 Years of Poetry At The Pub Newcastle – selected poems from 34 anthologies, edited by Dael Allison. PATP President Clark Gormley will host the session and Brew will be launched by Judy Johnson, followed by readings. by PATP poets.

Newcastle Writers Festival after-party reading

7.30pm Monday 9th April at the Wicko (note this is the 2nd Monday not the 3rd )


April 30 – TBA


May 21 – 6pm AGM

7.30 reading with Pete Brown’s Love Minus Zero: The Dialectic of Existentialism and Religious Faith in Bob Dylan’s Lyrics

Note this is also a protest themed evening. Bring along your protest poems

This was a labour of love. Completed in 1995 as a University of Newcastle MA thesis, supervised by Imre Salusinszky, it covers ground suggested by the title, but also Dylan’s roots in American Literature from colonial times until the present day, including authors Dylan himself refers to in his 2017 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, such as Herman Melville. There are references to Carl Sandburg, Kenneth Patchen and the Beats; and to Dylan’s roots in American folk music. Pete has been interested in Dylan since first hearing “Blowing in the Wind” on the radio, back in 1962, aged seven. Pete is not alone in considering Dylan as one of the foremost artists of our time! The book contains a Foreword by Michael Sharkey which delves into this and other issues. It is available as an ebook through Amazon, Kindle, and other electronic outlets by punching in the ISBN, which is “ISBN: 9780648140917”.


June 18 – TBA

July 16 – 52 Poem Project

July 30 Jane Williams 5th Monday sponsored by the Wicko

August 20 – Steve Armstrong book launch Broken Ground


Poetry at the Pub is on the 3rd and 5th Mondays of the month. Mostly.




Information courtesy of P@tP publicity

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