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.