Flightpath Book Launch

At 5pm, Friday 13th October, 'Flightpath' – an anthology about Migrating Birds, will be launchedat The Arts House, 2A Strickland Street, Denmark. My poem, dedicated to Robert Macfarlane, 'Lost Albert Ross' is included in this collection.


Books Plus Poet

At Books Plus

16 Hargraves St. Castlemaine

Friday 1st Sepetmeber, 6pm -7.30pm

I shall be reading some poetry and perhaps singing a song or two.

This event was conceived by the excellent Ross Donlon.



'A Spell of Poetry' at Daylesford's Words in Winter Festival

On Saturday 5th August I read some poems, and sang some songs, and told some stories at this event as a part of Daylesford's Words in Winter event.

"Fresh from reading her poetry in London, Allis Hamilton will perform and read her poems, some perhaps with music. Allis is a host of Castlemaine's poetry readings: PoetiCas. Here is a chance to hear her perform her own work.
She is an internationally published writer of words that create a sense of wonder, myth and magic. At times funny, at times thought provoking."
 Sunday 6th Augusr 1.30 -2.30 Show with morning tea
Story House and Garden
52 Millar Street. Daylesford
Ph 0408 550 945
Cost: $20

Noted Festival schedule

Here is a link to where you might find me during the Noted Festival in Canberra.



You might well also find me here, at the 'Bridging the Distances' oral histories swap meet.
Here is the link: http://www.notedfestival.com/program/oral-history-swapmeet

Noted Festival

I am excited to say that I will be a guest writer at Noted Festival in Canberra 3-7th May 2017
You can check out the artist line-up here: http://www.notedfestival.com/artists-2017/

PoetiCas: Robyn Rowland & E.A. Gleeson

Dear Poetry Lovers!
We are ready to begin a new year of versifying here in Castlemaine.

2017 will follow our usual format with readings on the fourth Saturday afternoon of every month, at The Food Garden.

February feature readers are
Robyn Rowland and E. A. Gleeson

plus an open section, of 3min per reader

Saturday 25th February
down the lane at
14 Mostyn St. Castlemaine
1.30pm for a 2 o'clock start

Robyn Rowland is an Irish-Australian citizen, annually visiting Ireland for thirty-three years, now living half-time in Connemara. She regularly visits and works in Turkey. She has written twelve books, nine of poetry. Robyn’s poetry appears in national and international journals and in over forty anthologies, including seven editions of Best Australian Poems. She has read in many countries including, Bosnia, Serbia, Austria, Turkey, Canada, India, and Portugal.

Her latest two books in 2015 are Line of Drift from Doire Press, Ireland, supported by the Irish Arts Council, and her bi-lingual This Intimate War Gallipoli/Çanakkale 1915 – İçli Dışlı Bir Savaş: Gelibolu/Çanakkale 1915 published by Five Islands Press in Australia and by Bilge Kultur Sanat in Turkey, sponsored by the Municipality of Çanakkale. That book was given by the Australian Embassy to 30 Heads of State when Robyn and her translator Mehmet Ali Celikel read at the VIP breakfast on Gallipoli on the centenary 2015, where Robyn met Prince Harry and the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, himself a poet. She was recently filmed reading for the National Poetry Archives, James Joyce Library UCD Ireland.

E. A. Gleeson is mad about words: their power, beauty and fun. She has published two collections of poetry, various essays and created dozens of funeral ceremonies. She holds a Doctorate in Education and has lectured at both Ballarat universities in Education and Creative and Professional Writing. She now lives and works in the Western District of Victoria as a Writer, Funeral Celebrant, Public Speaker and owner of Macqueen’s Funerals. The content and style of her poetry is as diverse as her multiplicity of day-jobs, interests and places she has called home.

'Storm Music' in Skylight 47

This Thursday 15 September at Clifton Library, County Galway, Robyn Rowland shall launch Skylight 47 latest issue of their magazine. And delightfully, one of my poems, featuring donkeys and wrens, is in the magazine.

About Skylight 47, (taken from the festival website) : "The first issue of Skylight 47 was published in January 2013 to celebrate ten years of Galway’s Over The Edge poetry readings in the City Library. It was only supposed to be a single issue, but founding editors Kevin O’Shea, Susan Lindsay and Nicki Griffin were so taken with what they had produced, they decided to carry on.

Their editors have changed: Bernie Crawford, Nicki Griffin, Marie Cadden and Ruth Quinlan are now at the helm of the publication. They are still associated with Over The Edge, which provides them with tremendous support.

Their newspaper format allows us room to spread our wings, and gives the work of our contributors space to breath. "

PoetiCas – August 27, Sue King-Smith & Judith Rodriguez + Launch of Castlemaine Poetry Festival

POETiCAS This Saturday!
AND - you may have heard the rumours: Castlemaine will be home to its very own POETRY FESTIVAL here in October. The team at PoetiCas, together with the Castlemaine Word Mine, has been busy this past year making this possibility a reality, with funding and support from Mt Alexander Shire Council and Regional Arts Victoria. We are now very happy to be able to share the vision with you all at last.

We will be launching the official program for the 2016 Castlemaine Poetry Festival at this month's PoetiCas reading. Hitherto hidden secrets will be finally revealed - the who's who of our headline poets - the when and where of all our exciting events! Copies of the program will be available for you to take home.

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PoetiCas – April 23 Derek Motion & Nathan Curnow

We are excited to announce that our April reading will feature two wonder boys of Australian poetry: Derek Motion and Nathan Curnow.

Derek Motion is a poet from Narrandera, NSW, where he also works across the Western Riverina region as a Regional Arts Development Officer. He was winner of the Judith Wright Overland Poetry Prize in 2009, and the fourW Poetry Prize in 2015. His first poetry collection 'lollyology' was published in 2012 and a second is now on its way. Blogs at typingspace.com

Nathan Curnow lives in Ballarat and is a past editor of Going Down Swinging. His work is published widely, both locally and overseas, and features in Best Australian Poems 2008, 2010 and 2013 (Black Inc). His books include The Ghost Poetry Project, The Right Wrong Notes and most recently, The Apocalypse Awards. He is a winner of the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize, a father of four daughters and a regular swimmer of the pool’s black line.

Food Garden
14 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine

Sat 23 April 1.30 for 2pm start -4pm
Come early for a delicious organic vegan/vegetarian lunch or to get your coffee
before the show begins.

$5 donation at the door.

Ten x 3 minute spots for the open section, so bring your poems and read them for us.

PoetiCas – Freya Mathews & Tru S. Dowling

PoetiCas will reconvene on Saturday 27 February
At Food Garden 14 Mostyn Street ( down the lane)
The reading begins at 2pm, but we ask,
that you come at 1.30 ( or earlier to enjoy a delicious lunch)
to be settled, cuppas in hand for the start of the reading.

This month, our readings will coincide with the Sustainability Festival
and our guest readers will be veering towards this element in their writing.

Open Section allows three minutes at the mic per reader.
$5 donation on entry please.

Our feature readers this month are:

FREYA MATHEWS is Adjunct Professor of Environmental Philosophy at Latrobe University. Her books include The Ecological Self (1991), Ecology and Democracy (editor) (1996), For Love of Matter: a Contemporary Panpsychism (2003), Journey to the Source of the Merri (2003), Reinhabiting Reality: towards a Recovery of Culture (2005), Ardea: a philosophical novella (forthcoming 2016) and Without Animals Life is not Worth Living (forthcoming 2016). She is the author of over seventy articles in the area of ecological philosophy. Her current special interests are in ecological civilization; indigenous (Australian and Chinese) perspectives on “sustainability” and how these perspectives may be adapted to the context of contemporary global society; panpsychism and critique of the metaphysics of modernity; and wildlife ethics and rewilding in the context of the Anthropocene. In addition to her research activities she manages a private biodiversity reserve in northern Victoria. She is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

TRU S. DOWLING is a Bendigo poet, performer, mother, word-lover and gardener. Her work is published in Blue Giraffe, Poetry Monash, Famous Reporter, Eureka Street, The Mozzie, Platform, Offset (VU), Land Lines (MPU), A Lightness of Being (PCP) and Antipodes (Wayne State University Press, forthcoming), amongst others. She holds a Diploma of Professional Writing & Editing, a BA (majoring in philosophy, and literature H1), and teaches with Bendigo-Kangan Institute’s professional writing course. Tru’s other roles are writing workshop presenter, emcee, street poet, freelance editor and singer songwriter for folk band The Wagtales; community collaborations with artists and musicians inspire and invigorate her. Recent successes include the Francis Webb Award (2012), the Castlemaine Poetry Cup (2013), the Dahlia and Arts Literary Prize, the Joseph Furphy Literary Award (2014), and the 2015 Castlemaine Poetry Prize. Her poetry chapbook is Memoirs of a Consenting Victim, (Mark Time Books, 2011); her latest project is a verse novel about a boy growing up the way others expect, set in 1940s Castlemaine, entitled Butcher, Baker, His-story Maker.