Poetry at Manning Clark House

Three Canberra poets presented their work at Manning Clark House (MCH) on Thursday 27 June 2019. MCH is a not-for-profit organisation supporting history, literature, culture and human rights. The house was formerly the home of eminent Australian historian, Professor Manning Clark (1915-1991). Clark’s great work was his six volume study, A History of Australia. Nowadays,… Read More Poetry at Manning Clark House

Limestone Tanka Poets

There was a full-house at Smith’s Alternative in Canberra last Monday night, 10 June 2019, to hear readings from local group, Limestone Tanka Poets. Those presenting were: Amelia Fielden, Barbara Curnow, Carmel Summers, Glenys Ferguson, Michael Thorley, Liz Lanigan, Michelle Brock, Kate King and group facilitator, Kathy Kituai. Tanka is a major genre of Japanese… Read More Limestone Tanka Poets

Tricia Dearborn and Gregory Piko to read at Smith’s Alternative

Sydney poet, Tricia Dearborn, and myself will be reading at Smith’s Alternative in Canberra on Monday, 29 April 2019. Smith’s is a great venue for poetry and the event gets underway around 7pm. Tricia will be launching her third full-length collection of poetry, Autobiochemistry, published by University of Western Australia Publishing. The book will be… Read More Tricia Dearborn and Gregory Piko to read at Smith’s Alternative

Indigenous Australian Culture in Haiku

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that the following material contains the name of a person who has died.   Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (1971-2017) was a highly acclaimed Indigenous Australian singer/songwriter. He was blind since birth. Gurrumul Yunupingu’s songs, usually sung in the Yolŋu languages of his land, have a calming, contemplative quality… Read More Indigenous Australian Culture in Haiku