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.