Here is 'The Creel'. It's an anthology published by Guillemot Press, U.K. to raise awareness of the endangered European Eel. I am thrilled to have my work included among such fine company as Alice Oswald, Michael Longley, Rachael Boast and Edwin Morgan. Here's to the eels and their ecosystems!
So eels are not having the easiest time. There is this project in the U.K. between Plymouth University and Guillemot Press to publish some books around the topic of eels to raise awareness of their situation.
My friend would tell me of the eels her family watched every year near Ballarat, in the local creek that flowed all year round. Now that creek is dammed and no longer flows, thus no more eels travelling along their ancient pathways. (Regenerative farming methods have solutions for much healthier ways to manage water on properties that value and protect water and build up healthy ecosystems and allow for creatures to do their natural thing) . Anyway, I've an eel drawing and a poem in this eel project. This is my drawing towards the aid of the mysterious and majestic eels.
After being one of the co-conveners of PoetiCas, Castlemaine’s monthly poetry reading, for the past four years, I am this month our guest poet.
featuring ALLIS HAMILTON.
Sunday November 18th
2pm for a 2.30 start
at The Maurocco Bar
4 Templeton St
Open section as usual,
limited to 3 minutes per reader.
$5 donation at the door includes a raffle ticket
Allis Hamilton creates poetry, art and music. Her poems appear in anthologies and journals such as The Poetry Review (England), Australian Poetry Journal, Overland, Southerly, Plumwood Mountain, The Caterpillar (Ireland), and ‘Flightpath’– an anthology about migrating birds, published by Hallowell Press W.A. She has new work coming out in Eyeware (England), and in an Eel Anthology published by Guillemot Press, U.K. Allis was a guest poet at the Summer 2017 launch of the Poetry Review, London. She released a self-published site-specific collection, 'Cry of the Curlew – Poems of Pinchgut Creek', in June this year and has created a limited edition chapbook of poems and drawings, ‘Storm Music’. www.thestorytellingtent.com
I have a few small drawings in this show.
If you are in the area, drop in to have a squizz.
2018 Exhibition touring and viewing:
Riddells Creek Station
Thursday 8th – Monday 19th November
Wednesday 21st – Thursday 29th November
Saturday 1st – Monday 10th December
2019 Exhibition touring and viewing:
Tuesday 15th January – Tuesday 12th February
116-120 Mitchell St | Bendigo
Arnold Street Gallery
Thursday 14th February – Tuesday 19th March
189 Arnold Street | North Bendigo
Castlemaine State Festival | Open Studios Program
Thursday 21st March – Monday 1st April
Castlemaine V/Line Station | Castlemaine
A travelling feast of miniature art works from a collective of Central Victorian Artists
Small art works, curated and presented to a high standard, will ‘pop up’ at different destinations along the historical railway line from Melbourne to Bendigo. This group show is taking art to the people, allowing broad public interaction with local art and arts practice.
A group show with a BIGGER purpose
Artists will be selected according to curatorial policy, developed via community consultation, with the aim of building a professional arts marketing cooperative. This model allows local artists to leverage individual effort into collective group initiatives, sharing resources for exhibition, presentation, marketing, communications, and distribution of their work.
Taking art to community
Presented in a purpose-built modular mobile facility, art works will be exhibited in three regional transport hubs: Riddles Creek, Castlemaine & Bendigo V/Line Stations.
Talented visual artists are based all over Central Victoria. Many artists would like opportunities to sell more work and grow their arts business practice. This project was developed in recognition that these artists are great contributors to this region, but can be overlooked when it comes to investment in arts, tourism and business development.
This project provides an opportunity for:
artists to engage with new audiences and markets in the region and beyond, and
the broader community to discover and engage with local art.
Cry of the Curlew is a poetry collection anchored in and around Pinchgut Creek on Wiradjuri country. Allis Hamilton fetched poems from the wings of birds, wrestled words from the mouth of the wind, notated the movement of grasses into verse that will lead you to the hills of her home.
'Storm Music' is a chapbook handmade by Allis Hamilton, featuring a selection of some of her previously published poems. The collection is 16 pages and is a signed, limited edition run of 50 books. The book is printed on recycled paper (except the transparency page) and is bound on a foot-pedal machine. It is created in an off-grid shack in the Australian bush. 'Storm Music' includes drawings by Allis.
Praise for 'Storm Music':
'What a beautiful thing ‘Storm Music’ is! [Hamilton] has a passion for landscape, the kindest sympathy with animals – yet some of [her] best, irresistibly vivid poems are about people.'
– ALISON BRACKNBURY, award-winning poet and broadcaster and author of Skies,(Carcanet) author of 'Skies', chosen by 'The Observer' as one of its 'Poetry Books of the Year'.
"I've received your book, which is a truly beautiful book in every way - the artwork, the paper, the stitching. And of course the poems, all of which speak to me quietly but strongly. I love 'Storm Music', and 'Proprioception' is I think a superb poem. I think all books of poetry should be like this."
– ROSS GILLETT, author of Wundawax and other poems - with Mark Time Books and a new one coming out this year through Puncher and Wattman.
So you will see that i have added an Etsy store to my website.
I have my chapbook, STORM MUSIC, available for sale at the moment, and in time hope to add prints of my artworks and after June you will be able to purchase my new poetry collection on there.
Recently I have sat two residencies at Pinchgut Creek, on Wiradjuri Country.
Here is a link to my report from my time there:
My poem, BREATH, now lives in the excellent Overland Literary Journal.
Thank you to the editors, Toby Fitch, and Jacinda Woodhead, for selecting it.
Flightpath, the anthology, which includes my poem 'Lost Albert Ross', edited by Virginia Jealous, created by Hallowell Press, WA has arrived.
You can get your copy here: https://hallowellpress.com/
Over this weekend, I created this mural on the back wall of the Grong Grong Hotel, out by the free camping area. If you are ever passing through, drop by for a squizz.
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.
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.
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
I was fortunate enough to be one of the readers at the Summer launch of The Poetry Review, at alongside the marvelous Vahni Capildeo, Kit Han and Wayne Holloway-Smith.
I have a poem, 'Yet', in this anthology edited by Valli Poole, published by Blank Rune Press. It is called "Love is so short".
Here is Nadyr perusing the book.
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
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/
My poem about one of my encounters with owls has been published in the lovely Irish magazine for children, The Caterpillar. Here is the link to the magazine:
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.