Thank you to everyone who came along to make the final Stopping all Stations for the year one to remember. We had some great open readings, as always, and of course Matt Hetherington was thoroughly engaging, mesmerising, poignant, funny, provocative, original ...
Thanks to Carl Boettcher for taking the pics. Enjoy ...
Thanks for dropping by. Our last event for 2011 is on Saturday November 19 at 2.30pm. After that Stopping all Stations will be having a break - so come along and help us finish up the year with MATT HETHERINGTON! Bring your poems, short stories, shopping lists, friends, neighbours, aunties and uncles and make this a Stopping all Stations to remember.
See you at the Cafe!
Matt Hetherington lives in Melbourne, Australia, and is a writer, musician, lover, non-god-father, humble self-promoter, sky-digger, vegetarian bludger, DJ, frustrated housewife, connoisseur of fine scents and dog-biscuits, twin brother, old-school soccer nut, poverty-stricken aristocrat, and a Bodhisattva wannabe (i.e. he likes the Buddhist saying “There are no Buddhists, there are just people on the way.”)
He has translated poetry from Spanish, French, and Turkish, and some selections of his own poetry have been translated into Arabic, Russian, German, Dutch, and Italian. His most recent poetry collection is I Think We Have, and he is also on the board of the Australian Haiku Society.
Thanks to everyone who made our October event such a fine occasion. Shari Kosher and Philip Salom were our stars with their poignant and engaging readings. Also several people in the open section read for the first time. A special afternoon indeed.
Only a few images to share with you this month. Wrong camera setting. Sorry those of you who were expecting to see a pic of yourselves strutting your stuff!
Stay tuned for details of our last event in November!
If you've been meaning to get along to Stopping all Stations but haven't made it yet, you'd better be quick as there are two events to go! Saturday October 15 will feature Philip Salom and Shari Lynelle Kocher-Campbell.
Philip Salom has published over a dozen books, and has received major national and international acclaim – including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize in London - for collections such as Sky Poems, New and Selected Poems, A Cretive Life and Feeding the Ghost. In 2003 he was awarded the Christopher Brennan Award, recognising a lifetime achievement in poetry. His recent book The Well Mouth, a collection of voices from the underworld, was named a Sydney Morning Herald Book of the Year, also an Adelaide Review Book of the Year, and is now in its third printing. His poems have also twice won the Newcastle Poetry Prize. His novel Toccata and Rain was shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal in Literature; and Playback won the WA Premiers Prize for fiction.
Late last year Puncher & Wattmann published his satirical verse-novel Keepers, which is set in a creative arts school of some generic kind... Philip has a fascination with writing poems set within differently imagined worlds for each book - and he has now taken this into two new works written with assumed identities. So The Keeper of Fish, written through a heteronymic character from Keepers, will be published in 2011, along with the third book in the trilogy - Keeping Carter, which features the poetry of MA Carter.
Shari Lynelle Kocher-Campbell has published widely and is an award winning emerging poet. Her work has been published in literary journals and magazines across Australia, including Blue Dog, Famous Reporter, Going Down Swinging, Island, Meanjin, The New England Review, Overland, Page Seventeen, and Swamp Writing. In 2002, she won first prize in the UNE Literary Awards for her sequence poem ‘Unborn Child’, and since then she has been nominated for various awards, including recent commendations in the Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize, the John Masefield Poetry Prize and first place in the Page Seventeen poetry competition for 2010. Shari holds an MA in Creative Writing from Melbourne University, where she is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate. She has lived in many places, including Townsville, Sydney, Adelaide, rural NSW, and Dublin, Ireland. For the moment, she finds herself based with her family in the Yarra Valley, Victoria, going back and forth between Melbourne and Millgrove on a fairly constant basis. She is currently working on her second book, a discontinuous verse novel inspired by the archaeological discovery of the three perfectly preserved five hundred year old Inca child mummies atop Mt. Lullaillaco on the border of Argentina and Chile by Johan Reinhard and Constanza Ceruti in 1999. Shari will be reading from some of this new work, as well as several poems from her first collection a small cup of sky.
This month Saturday September 17 at 2.30pm we have another fantastic line-up with Michelle Leber and Vicki Thornton our featured readers.
Vicki Thornton is a writer of fiction, non fiction and poetry, and lives in the Dandenong Ranges. She has four children’s readers (Thomson Nelson and Oxford University Press) and the Last Days of Summer (Ginninderra Press), her short story collection, was published in 2007. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of publications including Divan, Page Seventeen, Tamba, Poetrix and Polestar. She is proud to have a poem in the AP Dear Dad anthology, now in it’s 2nd edition.
Michelle Leber is a coastal poet living close to the beaches of Port Philip Bay, with a special interest in myth, birdlife, botany, habitat and art. She was born to Slovenian parents who had migrated to Australia, has been involved in the Melbourne poetry community for over 20 years and in recent years has performed her work locally and interstate. Her poetry has been published in newspapers, journals and anthologies, including in The Best Australian Poems series in 2009 and 2010; it has been showcased as electronic banner text at Federation Square and has travelled on trains (under the Moving Galleries project). Her poem about the artist Ellis Rowan was commended in the Rosemary Dobson Prize. In 2009, Michelle received a writing residency at the Varuna Writers’ House in the Blue Mountains of NSW, and in 2010 she became one of four poets published by the Australian Poetry Centre. There were over 200 attendees at the launch of her first poetry collection, The Weeping Grass.
Everyone who attended the August event was treated to a feast of poetry as Robyn Rowland - who dragged herself out of her sick-bed to be with us - read from her latest collection, Seasons of doubt and burning: New and Selected Poems. Our open readers provided a richness and diversity you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere. A great afternoon indeed.
Next month, Saturday September 17, our features will be Michelle Leber and Vicki Thornton.
Stopping all Stations is back on track for our August event with guest feature Robyn Rowland. Put Saturday August 20 in your diaries now as this is definitely one you don't want to miss!
Robyn Rowland is third generation Irish-Australian, and has also been reading and teaching in Ireland for 28 years, where she lives part-time in Connemara. She has published seven books of poetry. Silence & its tongues (Five Islands Press, 2006) was runner up for the 2007 ACT Minister’s Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Her new collection Seasons of doubt & burning: New & Selected Poems (Five Islands Press, 2010) covers almost 40 years of publishing. These poems show growth from open simplicity to a rich, resonant maturity. Their hallmark is deep honesty and emotional accessibility.
‘Her poems are richly wrought, sensuous, full of passion and restraint. They're luminous and earthy at the same time and open the reader's ear to hear the silence of the lost. In these difficult times, she's the poet I'm looking for: 'an angel she could be, or hope in flight'. Lorna Crozier, Canada
'In this passionate volume, Robyn Rowland’s sensuous imagery is crafted by a fine intellect; the music of her lines vibrates in the memory’. ' Robert Adamson, Australia
Robyn’s work has been awarded a number of prizes. She has read her poetry in Portugal, Ireland, the UK, the USA, Greece, Austria, Bosnia, Serbia, Turkey and Italy, where, along with Canada and Japan, she has been published. Her poetry featured often on Australian national radio’s Poetica and The Spirit of Things. Robyn is known for her moving readings, available on her CDs, Off the tongue and Silver Leaving - Poems & Harp.
John Nettles, the BBC actor (Midsomer Murders and Bergerac), who recorded Sir John Betjeman, has named Robyn as ‘among the first rank of poets’, impressed ‘by her use of language, control of verse and wonderful delivery’. Her accent, he said, ‘gives an added piquancy to her delivery’ and the poetry is ‘extraordinarily moving, wonderfully insightful’ with ‘a control of language I haven’t come across since, well, TS Eliot. Like Dylan Thomas and Betjeman, you have to hear her yourself. She is the voice.’
An Honorary Fellow, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, Robyn was Deputy Chair of the Board of the Australian Poetry Centre (2007-2008). Previously Professor of Social Inquiry and Women’s Studies at Deakin University, she retired in 1996 after breast cancer and burnout. She was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for her contribution to higher education and women's health in 1996.
Here's some snapshots from our June event with feature readers John Jenkins and Ray Liversidge. Thanks to all the open readers who helped make the afternoon so successful. Lovely to have my old school friend, (old as in long ago!) Ursula, visiting all the way from Mallorca. She's pictured trying very hard to pick her own ticket number for the lucky door prize. Which she did. And you can see she didn't cheat!
AND notice Ray and I wore matching boots for the occasion!
(Sorry, Alex, no photo of you this time as you had your eyes firmly shut.)
STOPPING ALL STATIONS features an eclectic mix of readers, presenting an edgy slant on the spoken word.
Limited open section (read your poems, short story and novel extracts, short short and super shorts, blog posts, shopping lists – if they’re scintillatingly scandalous…)
Lucky door prizes
Carole Poustie & Helen Boettcher
Contact: 0408 741 316 or email email@example.com
Carole is a prize-winning poet, has work published in a number of literary anthologies and her children’s novel, Dog Gone, was launched at the 2010 Melbourne Writers Festival. Carole reviews for Magpies magazine, teaches creative writing, works as a freelance editor, writes creative nonfiction and is currently completing her Masters in Writing and Literature and the sequel to Dog Gone.
In another life Carole was a singer/song-writer and music teacher, before she was lured into the inexorable clutches of the spoken word.
Helen has had her poetry published in MPU's Poam, in Page Seventeen issue 2, Hidden Agenda and the anthology In this room with the walls down. She has also had short stories published in Hidden Agenda and online on the 1001 nights project, and, to her amazement, has appeared on Red Lobster (Channel 31) four times. She has read as a feature poet at The Dan Poetry Sessions, Westword, Montsalvat Poetry Festival, The Muse Bar, Ecopoets Poetry and La Mama.
In 2005 her play Time was performed at the Dancehouse Theatre in North Carlton, and in late 2006 she launched her first poetry cd, produced by musician Julian Langan-Fox. More recently, her poetry was included in poem, home An Anthology of Ars Poetica.
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