Friday, February 12, 2010

poetry is coming to nunawading...

Watch out for a new spoken word event to be held on the third Saturday of each month from 2 – 5pm at the Station Street Cafe, 26 Station Street, Nunawading.

Our inaugural event, on March 20, will feature multi-award winning poet Jordie Albiston.

Jordie lives in Melbourne, where she was born in 1961. She is the author of six poetry collections, and she works as an editor, manuscript assessor, proofreader, teacher and mentor. Sydney composer Andrée Greenwell has adapted two of her books (Botany Bay Document - retitled Dreaming Transportation - and The Hanging of Jean Lee) for music-theatre: both enjoyed recent seasons at the Sydney Opera House and are available on cd. Jordie's first collection Nervous Arcs (1995) won the Mary Gilmore Award, received runner-up for the Anne Elder Award, and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Prize. Jordie's fourth collection, The Fall (2003), was shortlisted for Premier’s Prizes in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. Her most recent collection is the sonnet according to 'm' (2009).

Jordie's works have been well represented in anthologies: in 2009 alone, these included The PEN Macquarie Anthology of Australian Literature, The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry, The Puncher & Wattman Anthology of Australian Poetry and Motherlode: Australian Women's Poetry 1986-2008. She has read her poetry at writers' festivals all over Australia, on radio and television (here and overseas), and is currently featured on a full-length ABC Radio National podcast. At present, Jordie is working on a sequence of commissioned poems about the 1974 invasion of Cyprus, alongside Sydney composer Raffaele Marcellino. She was original editor of the first all-Australian all-poetry ezine Divan, and she holds a PhD in literature.