Poetry at the Pub THIS MONDAY

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.


July 16 – 52 Poem Project

The 52 Poem Project PATP Blurb

Each week, for three years, every Friday at 5 pm, Robert Edmonds exchanged a new poem with another poet, who sent a new poem to him. He did this with three wonderfully different and talented poets – Mark Liston, Peter Wells and Kelly Blaney-Murphy. Tonight, all four poets will read their best poems from the 52 Poem Project.

Mark Liston (2015 Project) won the 2013 All Poetry Prize and the 2014 Australian Poetry “Poem of the Year”. He was poetry co-ordinator of the inaugural Newcastle Writers Festival and poetry co-ordinator for Newcastle Writers Centre and Australian Poetry Newcastle Café Poet in Residence. He’s the author of poetry collection “Fragile Diamonds” (Picaro Press) and will travel from Tasmania (where he is involved in the Tasmania Poetry Festival) to attend this reading.

Peter Wells (2016 Project) became hooked on poetry after completing a Grad Dip in creative writing through UON.  He entered into the 52 Poem Project with Rob throughout 2016. For Peter, 2016 included a holiday in California – from which a resulting poem made it into BREW – something he is proud of.  Another highlight from 2016 was having a poem selected for the UOC VC Poetry Award anthology, and another poem being a Prizewinner as well as being published in the 2016 Grieve Anthology.  The discipline of writing every week, despite the usual busyness of work and family, was invaluable.  Apart from being a lot of fun, Peter found he was comfortable to take more poetic risks, and was able to develop a more authentic voice.

Kelly Blaney-Murphy (2017 Project) has had poetry published in a range of publications, including The Naked Pomegranate: Collected Women’s Writing (1994) and Suburbs of the Mind: A Poetry Anthology (2004). She has been an editor for a number of Central Coast Poets Inc. anthologies, and proofs and produces content for Lovatts Media Group. She has been instrumental for many years in publicising and managing the Henry Kendall Poetry Award.

Robert Edmonds has had poetry published in magazines as diverse as Westerly, Quadrant and the NSW School Magazine. In 2016 he was long-listed in the University of Canberra’s International Poetry Prize. He has written breakfast radio comedy for 2DAY-FM, been awarded a mentorship with thriller writer Gabrielle Lord by the Australian Society of Authors, and contributed to John Paul Bell’s “Laughter Is the Best Medicine” (Hachette, 2010).

Upcoming program

July 30 Jane Williams

5th Monday sponsored by the Wicko

Jane Williams is the author of several books of poems. Her work has been widely published and anthologized since the early 1990s. Her most recent books are Parts of the Main (poems Ginninderra Press) and Echoes of Flight (haiku and senryu Ginninderra Press). Jane has been a guest poet at reading venues and festivals around Australia and in Ireland, England, USA, Canada, Czech Republic, Malaysia, and Slovakia where she held a three month residency in 2016. She lives in Tasmania with her partner Ralph Wessman.

August 20 – Steve Armstrong book launch Broken Ground

Borrowing from the title of his Bruce Dawe prize-winning poem, Steve Armstrong’s wonderful first collection is ‘a cracked and weathered prayer’. These are questing, generous poems, filled with grace and vulnerability, and reading them is like taking a walk through a magical and yet familiar landscape, a walk haunted by memory, grief, longing and hope. Highly recommended.

– Lisa Brockwell

The intimate territory Armstrong walks attends to the wider world—in particular, wild country, forest and field, river and ridge. But also the suburbs, the kitchen, the realms of the everyday. He writes the places in themselves, and he writes them as analogues, metaphors, for the geographies of the self. His is a poetry of landscape, desire, memory, love, lust and loss. Of delight and dilemma. He is a diviner. From the broken ground he draws the sacred. – Mark Tredinnick


September 17 – Trish Pender and Keri Glastonbury

Keri Glastonbury is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at The University of Newcastle. Her most recent collection is Newcastle Sonnets (Giramondo, 2018). https://giramondopublishing.com/product/newcastle-sonnets/

Trisha Pender is an Associate Professor of English Literature at The University of Newcastle.  Her debut chapbook, Bibliophilic, will be released by Puncher & Whitman’s Slow Loris imprint in October.

Keri and Trisha met as undergraduates at the University of Sydney in the early 90s where they edited the University women’s poetry anthology Tangent, and have now worked together in the English and Writing discipline at The University of Newcastle for over a decade. They also run the Feminist Poetry Workshop at Islington’s The Women’s Room.

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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